Provides pharmaceutical care by performing various patient focused clinical, educational, informative, and distributive functions in inpatient and/or home infusion as interdisciplinary team member in support of patients, providers, and ancillary staff. Ensures appropriate, cost-effective drug utilization while maintaining and enhancing patient care.
Prepares and dispenses medications using appropriate techniques and applicable policies and procedures. Researches and organizes patient-specific information. Documents patient medication histories. Recommends or reviews laboratory tests. Identifies medication therapy problems as appropriate. Analyzes requestors drug information need. Formulates response. Follows up consistently on drug information recommendations and assesses effectiveness. Participates in monitoring and improving relevant outcome measures and/or quality improvement indicators.
Designs and recommends pharmacotherapeutic regimens and corresponding monitoring plans. Utilizes patient interview/assessment skills, current literature-supported evidence and practices, drug initiative information, established protocols and integrates patient-specific disease and drug information, current practice standards, ethical issues, and quality-of-life issues, and pharmacoeconomic principles. Monitors data and modifies pharmacotherapeutic plans as necessary. Documents pharmaceutical care activities in patients medical records or clinical information system.
Designs effective medication-use education for patients and caregivers. Provides one-on-one counseling to patients and caregivers. Provides patient-specific verbal or written consultations, including pharmacotherapy and pharmacokinetic, to healthcare practitioners. May perform limited physical examinations (ie. blood pressure and glucose measurement).
Balances cost and quality issues. Participates in Regional medication management and formulary education programs to promote appropriate, cost-effective prescribing. Participates in task forces, lecture programs and skills certification. Participates in didactic or clerkship education of pharmacy students.
Participates, as appropriate, in development and/or implementation of regional drug initiatives or other formulary management activities. Participates in establishing disease state management protocols. Collaborates with inpatient/outpatient pharmacist or established Regional disease management programs for follow-up with high-risk discharges. Participates in designing, reviewing, monitoring, or researching clinical drug trials as needed.