Clinical Pharmacist - Investigational Drug Services (Part-Time/Days)
Duke University Health System
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Internal Number: 227174
Duke University Hospital
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
Work Location: Duke University Hospital - Investigational Drug Services (located in Duke Clinics) - Durham, NC
Working hours: 1st shift
General Description of the Job Class
Provide pharmaceutical care services to the patients of the Duke University Health System including, but not limited to oversight, monitoring, preparation, dispensing and proper documentation of patient medication therapy as well as providing drug information, patient information and oversight of information and dispensing systems; ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations as well as proper storage and documentation. May also advise physicians on matters pertaining to drug usage and control; participate in the development and delivery of continuing education programs for Pharmacy, Patient Care Services, Medical Staff and students.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Review and monitor patient's medication therapy and orders written by appropriate caregivers for safety and efficacy considering specific patient conditions and health status; advise patient care team of issues with, or possible enhancements to, patient's medication therapy and document such interventions. Prepare, label and dispense medications for patients in accordance with physicians' prescriptions; ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to the dispensing of drugs and narcotics and the maintenance of required records.
Maintain appropriate records of dispensing and oversee and maintain the systems that charge or credit for medications and medication treatments.
Provide drug information and educate caregivers, patients and students regarding medications and their proper use and monitoring. Oversee and monitor all aspects of the medication process; collect data and present reports and recommendations regarding issues with the medication systems.
Ensure that appropriate medications are available for patients and properly procured, prepared, stored and maintained.
Supervise the process and technical personnel who assist in preparation, maintenance and dispensing of drugs and supplies.
Provide support, education and oversight for investigational medications for patients; provide information regarding their preparation, labeling and availability within the medication system; maintain appropriate and required records and documentation for investigational drugs.
Provide specialized pharmaceutical services to improve drug usage and therapeutic outcomes including advising physicians on issues concerning drug therapy, the inherent toxicity of drugs and side effects, as well as assisting in the prescription of appropriate doses.
Contributes to the education of students and pharmacy residents.
Maintain liaison relationships with medical and nursing staff; provide timely information pertaining to pharmaceutical supplies, drug usage and compatibility, state and federal regulations regarding drug controls, and Joint Commission standards.
Conduct and evaluate medication histories, assess compliance and suggest modifications so as to achieve desired outcomes; instruct patients in the proper use of prescribed drugs; participate in patient care rounds with multidisciplinary teams to evaluate patient progress.
Individualize medication regimens using sound principles, accounting for pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic variations in drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination with responsibility for establishing and continually improving the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients within areas of direct responsibility and assisting others in the department with the same.
Conduct and participate in research including, but not limited to, performing as the primary investigator or co-investigator for research programs which will impact on the delivery of quality care or examine the pharmacoeconomic impact of providing care to the patients in the Duke Health System.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Practice or research specialty/focus of the position: Investigational Drug Service
Position Summary: A clinical pharmacist position in the Investigational Drug Service is immediately available. Candidates must possess excellent writing, organizational, analytic, clinical and interpersonal skills. This clinical pharmacist position has many exciting and challenging responsibilities, the major ones include:
Meet with investigators and research coordinators regarding IDS services and anticipate budget/resource requirements
Review all protocols and IDS procedures for study drugs IDS will dispense
Know and follow all IDS and pharmacy department policies
Create safe processes for communicating, preparing, delivery and administration of investigational products
Prepare study instructions as web-based documents for investigational studies and provide education to pharmacists and other health care professionals about studies occurring in their areas
Create study drug orderables for all study drugs involved in research protocols involving IDS
Provide specialized pharmaceutical research services to improve study integrity and outcomes
Meet with clinical study monitors during site initiation visits as needed
Lead audits conducted by regulatory and compliance groups such as FDA and CTQA
IRB membership, participating in at least 6 meetings per year
Serve as a resource for physicians and pharmacists for all aspects of the clinical research processes and use of non-approved drugs under a compassionate use basis
Oversee and /or Prepare investigational medication for both pediatric and adult patients including orals, injectables, hazardous products and viral vectors.
Oversee dispensing of investigational products
Participate in on-call coverage for investigational drug service needs to Duke University Hospital
Provide specialized pharmaceutical research services to improve study integrity and outcomes
Contribute to student and resident education
Provide educational lectures (Duke, State/Local, National)
Work with peers to achieve division and departmental goals
Take responsibility for personal and professional growth
Maintain familiarity with all departmental programs and work as integral part of the pharmacy team
Participate in Investigator's Meetings
Other duties as requested
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form.
Extensive knowledge of drug products, medical therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and disease states. Ability to work with information systems, automated and technical equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with various members of health care teams
Doctor of Pharmacy Degree OR BS Pharmacy Degree
Hospital experience preferred
With a BS Pharmacy degree, two years of pharmacy practice experience, or acceptable board certification, or completion of an accredited residency program and demonstrated ability to achieve positive patient outcomes in a similar environment is required.
With Doctor of Pharmacy degree, no experience is required.
Degrees, Licensures, Certifications
Licensed Pharmacist or eligible to practice pharmacy in North Carolina
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