Under the general direction of the Director of Pharmacy Services, the Registered Research Pharmacist provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care and work with our Infusion Center, Hematology Oncology Unit and Oncology Physician Practice nursing staff. This individual will have direct contact with WPH Physicians, and their patients. The research Pharmacist will primarily be involved in providing Clinical/Dispensing services for our Hematology/Oncology practices and patients. The successful candidate provides essential investigational drug services to Investigators and Research Personnel with responsibilities, critical and central to the conduct of the clinical investigation according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the applicable regulatory requirements and in accordance with hospital and pharmacy philosophy, policies and procedures and standards. The Registered Pharmacist is committed to customer service, professional accountability and growth
Essential Functions and Responsibilities Includes the Following:
- Understands and adheres to the WPH Performance Standards, Policies and Behaviors.
- Utilizes all aspects of the Pharmacy process to meet the specific needs of oncology patient in medication education, safety and patient rights into work practice.
- Interact with study team, investigators, coordinators, sponsors and study monitors to obtain drug related information as needed.
- Continuously communicate with staff pharmacists, study team and EPIC Willow team to update the data as needed
- Validate all research drugs with EPIC Willow team, attending in person sessions and webinars.
- Utilizes and monitors methods of Infection Control, participates in the PI and Risk Management programs, demonstrates competency by completing all established standards.
- Drug accountability management and controls including receiving/ ordering/ monthly audits/patients drug returns and reconciling count against patient dosing schedule / communicating with the National cancer institute & and co-operative groups as well as industry sponsored studies.
- Obtaining necessary drug returns and/or destruction approval, filing and shipping.
- Patients blinding/un-blinding procedures and training
- Patients randomization and placebo/active controls
- Prepare research drugs labels and drug records and send the required information to Epic for building, and perform post build testing to ensure accuracy.
- Advice providers on required drug related instructions and clinical drug related consult including lab/dose adjustments and kinetics especially for early phases I/II drugs
- Dispensing and compounding of the dispensed drug.
- IVRS (interactive voice response systems) management for patients visits and dosing before and after every visit to load batch/ lot numbers for all dispensed products and shipments acknowledgements in study specific assigned software/online system.
- Site initiation visits preparation and site closure visits ( sponsor touring and interviews and presentation of pharmacy records keeping, equipment, regulatory and quality controls)
- Online and onsite training modules as required by each sponsor, NCI, and cooperative groups
- Create and maintain pharmacy binder for each study and ensure all records are up to date and matching with online study specific online reporting systems
- Participate in the review and analysis of feasibility of all new therapeutic studies at our site before getting discussed at IRB
- Review of WPH initiated studies involving medication/OTC/supplements and suggest any needed revision to ensure compliance with drug regulations
- Represent pharmacy at IRB
- Productive through punctuality, observing time limits on breaks, using periods of low activity to the pharmacy/ patient benefit.
- Effective time management, consistent level of performance that ensures social/ personal activities do not interfere with work.
- Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and WPH regulations, laws and policies as they presently exist and as they are changed or modified.
- Assumes accountability for completion of competency standards and accepts constructive criticism and follows through to implement corrective measures.
- Flexible in staffing and adjustment to assignments.
- Maintains a positive attitude with positive responses requiring conflict resolution.
- Practices cost containment measures.
- Maintain practice in accordance with The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), FDA, GCP and other regulatory requirement
- Adheres to all WPH policies and procedures, dress code, behavioral standards/code of conduct, customer service, and meets all mandatory in-services and standard for attendance.
- Supervises Pharmacy Assistants.
- Performs all other related duties as assigned.
.Education & Experience Requirements
- Graduate from an accredited school of Pharmacy with minimum of a BS in Pharmacy.
- NYS Pharmacist license and Current New York registration required.
- Oncology Board Certification (BPS) and/or minimum of two years as a research pharmacist and pharmacy practice residency.
- 2 – 3 years hospital pharmacy experience.
- Minimum three (3) of annual CE requirements must be in Chemotherapy/Oncology.
- Experience in hematology oncology and infusion center operations preferred.
- Successful completion of Hospital and Departmental Orientation Program, according to hospital and Pharmacy policy and Procedures.
Demonstrates the ability to establish two-way communication by clearly defining expectations, communicating utilizing a variety of methods, actively listening to ideas and concerns and responding in an appropriate manner.
Demonstrates the ability to perform pharmaceutical calculations.
Demonstrates the ability to act in a professional capacity and serve as a role model. Demonstrates ability to retains composure under stress.
Demonstrates problem solving skills. Practice good judgment and decision making