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Manager - Investigational Pharmacy

Palo Alto, CA, USA | Stanford Health Care hospital

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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Responsible for the overall coordination of the investigational drug services, which includes IV admixture preparation, oral compounding, unit dose drug distribution, and maintenance of regulatory files for drug accountability and audits, updating of policies and procedures.


Identify and monitor regulatory and safety aspects of all investigational drug use in patients, to ensure compliance with policies set by the Investigational Review Board (IRB), applicable laws, regulations, Direct oversight of operations; QA

Liaison to practice sites, partners, and governances (IRB)JCAHO requirements

Oversee and coordinate the activities of technical staff / pharmacists / interns / students / residents assigned.Assist in the orientation and training of department personnel, students, and residents.

Develop and implement specific policies and procedures for each drug/therapeutic protocol to assure safe and cost-effective drug therapy.Prepare and maintain departmental and study records as appropriate.Consult with principal investigators, study coordinators, and study sponsors about study status, drug coordination, and pharmacy budgets.Coordinate billing of studies.

Monitor procedures and processes to identify improvements, formulate recommendations, secure approval, and facilitate implementation.

Prepare and disseminate relevant drug information for all health care providers utilizing protocols.Coordinate the ordering, dispensing, storage, and handling of investigational drugs.Maintain an inventory of all investigational drugs supplies and reconcile all discrepancies.

This position manages the efficient and effective operations of pharmacy services. 

The individual also supervises and manages the associated personnel staff.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.Employees may also perform other duties as assigned

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Employee must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the C-I-CARE Standards of the Hospital. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford’s patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions.

· Interprets and enforces established policies and procedures, creates new policies and procedures, designs and implements performance improvement initiatives that enhance safety, environmental, and infection control.

· Provides oversight to pharmacy personnel with respect to the goals and objectives of the Pharmacy Department in collaboration with the leadership team to improve services provided and assures compliance with regulatory requirements.

· Design, implement, and monitor pharmacy practices to optimize medication management outcomes for patients.

· Supervises and manages the technical support staff and staff clinical pharmacists

· Participates in Informatics meeting discussions and practice implementation relative to workflow processes to include validation of protocols and ERX records where applicable.

· Partners across the organization to develop and implement solutions designed to improve member/client satisfaction; streamline processes between organizations for improved service delivery.

· Reviews department performance, effects changes in collaboration with the pharmacy leadership team to improve services provided and assures compliance with regulatory requirements.

· Collaborates with physicians and other health care professionals to address issues related to patient drug therapy through the process of mutual information sharing, discussion, and decision making

· Oversees training programs for pharmacy staff, residents, and students.

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements. 

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements

Individuals with experience in investigational drug preparation / dispensing, protocol review/management, oncology experience, or PGY1-2 Oncology residency prepared pharmacists are encouraged to apply.

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience:Minimum three (3) years of progressively responsible and related work experience.

License/Certification: Licensed by the California Board of Pharmacy as Pharmacist (PRM).

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

·Knowledge of California State Board of Pharmacy Laws and Regulations.

·Knowledge of Title 22 regulations.

·Knowledge of eMS regulations, both state and federal.

·Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and Skill in the use of establishing policies and in writing procedures and communication to coworkers.

·Ability to interpret new laws, guidelines as applied to the practice of Pharmacy.

·Ability to interpret regulations and guidelines as applicable to the practice of Pharmacy.

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