Salary is commensurate with years of relevant work experience.
Internal Number: 36239
The mission of Correctional Managed Care is to address the healthcare needs of underserved patient populations within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).
The Drug Information Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist (PCPS) works 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. Serves as a resource for advanced drug information support and expertise; collaborates with other clinical specialists on pharmacy training to promote learning and performance of pharmacists, technicians, residents, and students; and serves as a clinical instructor and preceptor for pharmacy students and residents. The PCPS maintains 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
Provides clinical and consultant pharmacy services to patients and other health care professionals that focus on two broad areas:
Answers drug information questions related to the care of patients or drug therapy.
Answers non-formulary consultations.
Provides timely, evidence-based drug information to promote the safe and rational use of medications.
Prepares materials for Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
Develops and maintains drug use policies.
Participates in formulary management including formulary design, category reviews, and medication use evaluations.
Participates in development and maintenance of clinical practice guidelines.
Monitors use of high-cost medications.
Problem solving, written communication, team building, and administrative skills are essential.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Optimizes 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.
Evaluates new drugs for formulary inclusion based on safety, efficacy and cost while also considering the need for any restrictions and minimizing duplication.
Communicates formulary decisions (additions, deletions, new and revised policies, new and revised disease management guidelines) following each Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee (P&T) meeting.
Publishes quarterly P&T newsletter.
Publishes annual Formulary book.
Manages drug shortages including identifying alternative treatments and communicating with customers.
Monitors and assesses clinical significant of safety alerts from the FDA, manufacturers, and other sources.
Reviews non-formulary requests and promote rationale, evidence-based recommendations.
Promotes stewardship and pharmaceutical care through participation in interdisciplinary activities such as P&T meetings, unit personnel training, interdepartmental educational activities, etc.
Assists in the development of educational programs for professional and support staff related to medications and appropriate prescribing.
Provides education about drug therapy provided to patients.
Provides 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.
Provides clinical education and training to students and residents in the Department of Pharmacy.
Participates in quality assurance programs such as medication use evaluations and monitoring of medication errors and adverse events.
Adheres to departmental and institutional internal controls.
Performs related duties as required.
Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from an accredited College of Pharmacy and completion of an ASHP accredited post-graduate year 1 residency program. Current license or eligible to practice pharmacy in the state of Texas.
Doctor of Pharmacy degree with drug information residency training. Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) or Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) also preferred.
UTMB Correctional Managed Care:
Originally established as a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1994, the UTMB CMC provides managed health care for offenders in adult and juvenile correctional facilities throughout the state including medical, dental, mental health, and pharmacy services. CMC is also among the world’s leader in telemedicine and electronic medical records applications. With 4 million documented patient encounters per year, UTMB CMC is known for its innovative programs and creative solutions in the fields of correctional health care in jails, state prisons, juvenile detention centers and federal prisons.
UTMB - Correctional Managed Care Department of Pharmacy:
Comprehensive pharmacy services are provided to correctional facilities across the state. Distribution services are provided from a centralized facility in Huntsville, Texas. The facility incorporates automated technology that has eliminated pharmacist final check. This allows pharmacists to perform in-depth 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 a unique knowledge of medications, current research, and hands-on clinical experience, pharmacists develop solutions for managing pharmaceutical care. Services are designed to improve clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness. A range of services are offered and include medication therapy management, academic detailing and educational programs, drug information, P&T Committee consulting, non-formulary consulting, formulary management, and clinical guideline development. The Department serves as a clinical internship site for pharmacy students and offers an ASHP accredited residency program. The staff includes 9 managers, 29 pharmacists, 8 clinical pharmacists, 1 resident and 87 support staff.