Houston, TX 77032 US
Currently recruiting a Pharmacist in Houston, Texas, to provide medical care at a facility that houses individuals detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Pharmacist is responsible for the provision of a full range of pharmacy services at the assigned facility as well as ensuring compliance with the pharmacy policies and procedures as stated in the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) Pharmaceutical Services Directive and Guide. IHSC operates 24/7/365;this position is required to respond during an emergency activation. This full-time position is required to be available telephonically during non-duty hours.
DUTIES OF THE PHARMACIST:
- Responsible for managing all pharmaceutical activities including the purchase, inventory, control, and record keeping of all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substances stored in the pharmacy.
- Responsible for securing and maintaining a current facility DEA Registration Number and maintaining necessary legal records on controlled substance items.
- Provides direct care to patients within discipline Scope of Practice and performs functions in accordance with current accepted practice, licensure, certification, credentialing and or granted privileges.
- Provides treatment of persons throughout the life span as appropriate to discipline and facility setting.
- May be expected to respond to and or coordinate response to medical emergencies.
- Reads individual prescriptions and determines the name of the drug, strength, and dosage of drugs to be dispensed.
- Adjusts prescription instructions and drug quantities to correspond to strengths and dosage forms stocked at the medical clinic.
- Correlates instructions on the prescription with pharmacy policy limitations and notes such on the prescription.
- Types accurate and concise labels that precisely convey provider s instructions to the patients.
- Fills prescriptions by obtaining the correct drug stock, counting the correct amount of medication, placing the medication in smaller containers, and affixing the prescription label and all appropriate auxiliary labels.
- Counsels patients on the appropriate use of medication(s), utilizing the patient s native language if possible, or medication information handouts in the patient s native language if available.
- Based on the substantive knowledge and familiarity with a wide range of articles stocked in the pharmacy, screens all prescriptions upon receipt concerning availability of drug & dosage prescribed.
- If drug requested is not on formulary, discusses therapeutic options with the provider suggesting drugs listed in the program formulary where possible.
- If a non-formulary drug is deemed necessary, assists the provider in filling out a non-formulary request form and obtaining approval where necessary.
- Answers routine inquiries from doctors, nurses, & other staff on the availability of specific items, e.G., drugs in stock, new drugs on order, & dosage forms available in the pharmacy.
- Answers questions concerning drug reactions, drug interactions, new drugs, etc.
- Packages bulk drugs (liquids, tablets, capsules, ointments & creams, etc.) into specific quantities and various sized containers.
- Operates tablet and capsule counting machines and labeling machines for the purpose of repackaging drugs.
- Records all prepacking information including lot number, expiration date, manufacturer, current date, and initials.
- Fills all requisitioned items from other areas of the clinic. If the medication is not available in the requested quantity, makes necessary computations to provide the order in a different unit of measure.
- Prepares bulk compounds and packages a variety of simple solutions & products, most of which are for external application, such as mouthwashes & disinfecting agents, etc.
- Places orders for supplies from appropriate sources and tracks supply usage to minimize out of stock items or excess inventories.
- Assists nursing department in locating sources for hard-to-find items and places orders for nursing supplies based on levels established by that department. Researches supply vendors to find most economical sources for each item (within procurement guidelines).
- Receives pharmaceutical supplies & checks receipts against requisitions. Checks for shortage, breakage, deterioration & expiration dates. Discrepancies found are reported to the supplier.
- Inspects stock to determine frequency of re-ordering drug items, maintenance of current pricing & proper stock rotation. Withdraws outdated drugs, determines proper disposition (destruction or credit returns) & prepares necessary paperwork to initiate proper action.
- Is responsible for general orderliness, cleanliness & maintenance of pharmacy equipment.
- Participates in monthly & annual inventory of pharmacy service as required.
- On a daily basis checks the medicine cabinet & all areas of the clinic where night pharmacy service is available.
- Responsible for refilling any missing pharmacy drug or supply item used during the night.
- Inspects & logs the temperature of all clinic areas where any types of pharmaceuticals are stored.
- On a monthly basis gathers all pharmacy statistical information required to collaborate a complete, monthly report and routes that report through the HSA and pharmacy leadership.
- Also, on a monthly basis, inventories all controlled substances and inspects all clinic areas where pharmaceuticals are stored.
- Responsible for supervising work performed by Pharmacy Technician(s).
- Performs record keeping functions in accordance with program policies and position.
- Maintains functional proficiency and ease of use utilizing electronic health records as required by, and appropriate to, position.
- Completes and passes all discipline specific competencies testing, initially and annually.
- Completes all initial, annual and ad hoc training as required/assigned.
- Maintains patient confidentiality, and confidentiality of medical records, in compliance with the Privacy Act and HIPAA regulations in all work activities.
- Adheres to, and maintains awareness of, IHSC Policies, Procedures, Directives, Operational Memoranda and accreditation standards as prescribed by ICE/IHSC.
- Adheres to, and participates in, IHSC s Safety, Prevention, Infection and Control, Quality Improvement, Patient Education and other programs and collateral duties as appropriate to position.
- Attends and participates in general/medical staff meetings.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE PHARMACIST:
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Degree issuing institution and or program must be accredited by an entity recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- B.S. In Pharmacy or Pharm. D. Degree from a program that is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
- Minimum of one-year experience as a licensed practicing pharmacist.
- Permanent, full, and unrestricted pharmacist license in the state in which the duty station is located. The license must be maintained in a permanent, full, and unrestricted status during the term of employment. Any changes to license must be reported to employer immediately.
- This position does not require privileging by IHSC.
- Maintains BLS for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association .
ABOUT THE ARORA GROUP
The Arora Group is an award-winning, Joint Commission-certified nationwide healthcare services company that, for over 25 years, has provided medical care to federal agencies. Our mission is to provide world-class care and give our over 500 healthcare professionals opportunities to improve their skills, learn from the best, and serve the needs of our nation.
EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability