Sterile Products Pharmacist
Sterile products pharmacists assure patient safety through clinical, pharmaceutical, operational, and regulatory knowledge of sterile products and clean rooms. In addition to traditional on-demand compounding, the Sterile Products Team is responsible for preparation of a wide range of topical and injectable ophthalmics, allergy immunotherapy, desensitizations, intrathecal medications, hazardous medications, anticipatory compounding, and end-product testing. The pharmacists provide oversight of compounding personnel, aseptic technique, compounding practices, and clean room operations. Sterile products pharmacists support the Clinic and Department missions through teaching, continuous development and improvement of compounding practices, process and product research, and evaluation/implementation of new technologies.
Key Roles and Responsibilities:
I. Compounding Oversight
a. Assure accuracy of compounded sterile products.
b. Observe and correct aseptic technique and compounding practices.
c. Manage sterile compounding personnel and workflow to assure efficient, safe, and timely delivery of compounded sterile products.
II. Order Verification and Processing
a. Review and verify adult parenteral nutrition orders.
b. Manage emergent orders from OR suites and critical response teams.
c. Review and verify specialty medication orders including prostacyclins and factor products.
III. Continuous Improvement
a. Identify and respond to shifts in use patterns to minimize waste and maximize productivity.
b. Continually improve work standards within the Sterile Products Team to support patient safety and operational efficiency.
IV. Regulatory Compliance
a. Advance knowledge of regulatory requirements and trends governing compounding
b. Assure completion and documentation of all required activities.
• Training technicians, pharmacists, and pharmacy residents
• Precepting technicians, pharmacy students, and pharmacy residents
• Testing and implementation of new technology
Ensures the appropriate selection, dosing, administration, and dispensing of medication orders. Manages the oversight and supervision of activities of pharmacy technicians.
- Reviews and assesses medication orders to identify, prevent and resolve potential and actual drug related problems.
- Recommends formulary alternatives when appropriate.
- Compounds and dispenses medications for delivery to patient care areas.
- Provides drug information and education to medical staff.
- Communicates with physicians and other clinicians as necessary to facilitate care.
- Other duties as assigned.
- PharmD or Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from an accredited college of pharmacy.
- Current State licensure as a Registered Pharmacist (RPh) or eligible for reciprocation in current State within 90 days of hire.
Complexity of Work:
- Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work unsupervised or with minimal supervision.
- Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.
- Internal candidates: Minimum of six months as a Pharmacist II
- External candidates: Minimum of two years experience in hospital pharmacy OR have successfully completed a PGY1 Residency.
- Typical physical demands include ability to perform functions of the job while reaching and stretching, and manual dexterity sufficient to perform computer functions of job.
Personal Protective Equipment:
- Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required.