The Clinical Pharmacist is a graduate and/or licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Primary functions include the interpretation & verification of physician's orders, patient medication profile reviews providing drug & policy information to patients & medical center staff. The clinical pharmacist also applies standards relating to aspects of distribution/control of drugs. Major Duties include but are not limited to; Reviews available medication profiles for appropriateness of therapy, contraindications to drug use, therapeutic duplication, allergies, adverse drug reactions, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, evidence of drug use/misuse/abuse, compliance, and formulary adherence. Adjusts medications by discontinuing and/or generating new/renewed prescriptions for items other than Controlled Substances with the verbal or written approval of a physician or authorized prescriber. Manages various actions, as appropriate, for medication orders to include: flagging prescriptions, managing view alerts, using the "hold medication" function, and generating unsigned discontinued orders using Service Reject. Provides pharmacokinetic consultation, including dosing vancomycin and aminoglycosides, in accordance with local policy. Completes medication histories including patient interviews. Reports adverse drug events (ADE), near misses, and medication errors in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program. Participates in the medical center medication utilization evaluation (MUE) program. Enters supply orders appropriate for patient care per facility policy. Extends refills until next scheduled appointment under the provider's name per facility policy. Serves as a role model and preceptor to pharmacy students and residents. Responsible for maintaining his/her professional competency by keeping abreast of current medical and pharmaceutical literature, new drugs and therapies, and applies this knowledge in his/her daily duties. Educates patients on the purpose, proper use, and expected outcomes of prescribed medications. Uses suitable oral, written or audiovisual communication techniques, and verifies through direct feedback, the patient's and/or caregiver's understanding of information presented. Provides both written and oral drug information to physicians, nurses and other associated healthcare professionals. Responsible for the daily operation status of the various aspects of the pharmacy programs. Prioritizes work and makes administrative decisions when supervisory pharmacists are not available, or in instances where immediate decisions are required. Supervises technical support staff during holidays and off tours. Performs any duties and or special projects deemed necessary by the Chief, Pharmacy Service Work Schedule: Variable tours of duty including evenings, weekends and holidays. Note: Subject to change based on Service needs or patient care needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.