The Drug Information Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist (PCPS) will work with providers, nurses, and pharmacy staff to provide appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions that maximize patient outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, formulary status, and pharmaco-economics.
The Drug Information PCPS will serve as a resource for advanced drug information support and expertise. The Drug Information PCPS will collaborate with other clinical specialists on pharmacy training to promote learning and performance of pharmacists, technicians, residents, and students. The Drug Information PCPS will serve as a clinical instructor and preceptor for pharmacy students and residents.
The Drug Information PCPS will maintain effective interdepartmental relationships by committee membership, problem resolution, and close cooperation with other departments to accomplish the organization’s mission and goals. The goal is to foster a patient-focused, team-based multidisciplinary model of care that promotes rationale drug prescribing and monitoring to ensure positive outcomes are achieved with medication use.
Service Area: Drug Information
The Drug Information PCPS will provide clinical and consultant pharmacy services to patients and other health care professionals that focus on two broad areas:
Answer drug information questions related to the care of patients or drug therapy
Answer non-formulary consultations
Provide timely, evidence-based drug information to promote the safe and rational use of medications
Prepare materials for Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Develop and maintain drug use policies
Participate in formulary management including formulary design, category reviews, and medication use evaluations
Participate in development and maintenance of clinical practice guidelines
Monitor use of high-cost medications
Problem solving, written communication, team building, and administrative skills are essential.
Essential Job Duties:
The Drug Information PCPS will be responsible for, but not limited to, competently performing the following duties as defined by departmental performance standards.
Optimize pharmaceutical care through policy development and formulary management, development and evaluation of disease management guidelines, development of patient education materials, drug category reviews, and medication use evaluations.
Evaluate new drugs for formulary inclusion based on safety, efficacy and cost while also considering the need for any restrictions and minimizing duplication.
Communicate formulary decisions (additions, deletions, new and revised policies, new and revised disease management guidelines) following each Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee (P&T) meeting.
Publish quarterly P&T newsletter.
Publish annual Formulary book.
Manage drug shortages including identifying alternative treatments and communicating with customers.
Monitor and assess clinical significance of safety alerts from the FDA, manufacturers, and other sources.
Review non-formulary requests and promote rationale, evidence-based recommendations.
Promote stewardship and pharmaceutical care through participation in interdisciplinary activities such as P&T meetings, unit personnel training, interdepartmental educational activities, etc.
Assist in the development of educational programs for professional and support staff related to medications and appropriate prescribing.
Provide education about drug therapy provided to patients.
Provide other health professionals with drug and clinical information in response to specific questions or relating to new, evolving issues related to the care of patients.
Provide other health care professionals with education regarding new drugs, technologies, CMC Formulary, and CMC disease management guidelines.
Provide clinical education and training to students and residents in the Department of Pharmacy.
Participate in quality assurance programs such as medication use evaluations and monitoring of medication errors and adverse events.
Adhere to departmental and institutional internal controls.
Perform related duties as required.
Required Degree: B.S. Pharmacy and 2 years clinical experience or residency training
Preferred Degree: Pharm.D. with drug information residency training
Required Certification: none
Preferred Certification: BCPS or BCACP
Texas licensure by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy
Originally established as a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1994, the University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care provides managed health care for offenders in more than 100 adult and juvenile correctional facilities through out the state.
It offers medical, dental, and health services to more than 126,000 patients, or some 80% of the state's inmate population.
Correctional Managed Care is also among the world's leader in telemedicine and electronic medical records applications. With 4 million documented patient encounters per year, UTMB Correctional Managed Care is known for its innovative programs and creative solutions in the fields of correctional health care in jails, state prisons, and juvenile detention centers.
UTMB Correctional Managed Care Pharmacy Services is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of our patients and customers by providing quality and cost effective pharmaceutical care. Comprehensive centralized and decentralized pharmacy services are provided to correctional facilities across the state.
Distribution services are provided from a centralized facility in Huntsville, Texas. The state-of-the-ar...t facility incorporates automated technology that has eliminated pharmacist final check. This allows pharmacists to perform in-depth prospective profile review and to provide other services that support the health care staff in ensuring safe and effective use of medications.
Clinical pharmacy services are decentralized with locations in Huntsville and Stafford. With a unique knowledge of medications, current research, and hands-on clinical experience, clinical pharmacists develop evidence-based solutions for managing pharmaceutical care. Services are designed to improve clinical outcomes and to improve the efficiency of drug utilization, while containing the organization's pharmacy costs. A range of services are offered including medication therapy management; academic detailing and educational programs; drug information; pharmacy and therapeutics committee consulting; formulary and utilization management; and clinical guideline development.
The Department also serves as a clinical internship site for pharmacy students and offers an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency.