Pharmacists at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington ensure that patients receive safe and effective, optimal medication therapy while providing expertise and information to empower patients and prescribers to make informed choices in medication therapy. Pharmacists ensure that pharmacy care is coordinated with the patient care plan.
Interprets prescription orders and dispenses drugs and devices. Counsels patients using clear and effective communication skills and providing written information as necessary. Ensures patient safety by identifying opportunities to prevent unusual occurrences; consistently performs safety checks when dispensing medications; and takes appropriate steps to resolve and report unusual occurrences. Demonstrates dedication to evidence-based medicine by using appropriate references to form recommendation to patients and providers; clearly communicates rationale around mediation therapy selection: stays current on clinical initiatives and priorities: and evaluates clinical appropriateness of medication therapy.
Supervises pharmacy assistants, technicians, interns and externs in all aspects of daily pharmacy workflow including the appropriate processing and releasing of prescriptions and customer service.
Provides medical, nursing and other clinical staff with information regarding medication use management, drug therapy, preferred protocols and guidelines to include therapeutic values, hazards and uses of medications.
Ensures the proper and safe storage of medications and keeps accurate records of such.