Sr. Pharmacy Specialist - Specialty Pharmacy

Hamden, CT
Apr 12, 2019


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.


As members of a High Reliability Organization (HRO), every employee should practice CHAMP behavior and strive to make patient safety a top priority. Under the direction of the Business Development Manager, the Specialist is responsible for planning and implementing strategies to maximize the access, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and safety of drug use, developing and ensuring compliance with formulary and drug use policies, achieving fiscal goals as established by the department business plan, providing guidance and support to staff, serving as liaison to clinical leadership/clinics regarding Specialty Pharmacy clinical capabilities and precepting pharmacy residents and students.

  • 1. Enhance clinical quality and safety of medication use process
  • 1.1. Develop and implement drug use and/or medication safety guidelines/protocols/policies.
  • 1.2. Critically evaluate new drug requests to the formulary.
  • 1.3. Develop and conduct medication use evaluations (MUEs)
  • 1.4. Coordinate, prepare, and present information for multidisciplinary (P&T, Patient Safety, Subcommittees, etc) committee review and approval.
  • 1.5. Monitors success of policies/procedures, makes recommendations to improve performance, and implements changes as needed
  • 1.6. Presents medication and quality -related data internally and externally to various audiences.
  • 1.7. Help establish medication safety performance measures.
  • 1.8. Coordinate and/or aid in the collection of regulatory and other safety data aimed at driving performance improvements.
  • 1.9. Completes and/or coordinates assigned nursing unit and clean & safe inspections.
  • 1.10. Provides ongoing assessment of the formulary and takes action as needed.
  • 1.11. Maintain expert knowledge of regulatory requirments, goals, and standards in relation to medication management
  • 1.12. Effectively demonstrate the principles and conduct consistent with a High Reliability Organization.
  • 2. Manage Pharmaceutical Expense for Target Therapies and/or Clinical Areas
  • 2.1. Report on the status of drug target performance and special projects (e.g. Drug Use Optimization, subcommittee agendas, etc) to the Associate Director at least once a month
  • 2.2. Utilize appropriate databases to assess expense, quality, and/or medication safety performance (e.g., Novation Marketplace, Peminic, Pyxis, RX Auditor, etc..)
  • 2.3. Identify new opportunities for cost reduction, containment, and/or revenue enhancement
  • 2.4. Aid in the preparation of new drug technologies and budget forecast, including changes in clinical services, volume expectations, and spend rate analysis
  • 2.5. Coordinate and or lead key stakeholder meetings to secure buy-in on cost-reduction strategies
  • 3. Mentor and develop pharmacy staff
  • 3.1. Supports the ongoing development of clinical staff by providing continuous performance feedback.
  • 3.2. Assist staff in development of projects such as MUEs, formulary evaluations, and drug information publications/questions and presentations.
  • 3.3. Serve as a resource to staff for questions on policy, procedures, problem resolution, etc.
  • 3.4. Bring ideas and issues to the leadership team with the goal of enhancing staff engagement
  • 3.5. Lead staff engagement groups
  • 3.6. Provide feedback to leadership on succession planning
  • 4. Serve as Clinical and Operational resource to assigned areas
  • 4.1. Meets with area staff to discuss and resolve operational problems/areas in need of attention
  • 4.2. Provides each pharmacy customer (patients, physicians, nurses, etc.) with appropriate, considerate, and respectful service.
  • 4.3. Assists with patient care and operational staffing needs as needed.
  • 4.4. Makes appropriate interventions aimed at improving patient care, quality, and/or cost-effectiveness.
  • 4.5. Performs regulary audits as indicated (clean and safe; drip and override audits; etc)
  • 4.6. Performs responsibilities assigned to the designated shift being covered.
  • 4.7. Provides feedback to leadership team on staff/shift enhancements to improve work flow efficiency as identified.
  • 4.8. Documents interventions
  • 4.9. Participate in hosptial committees in designated specialty areas (e.g.Med Ops, M&M, tumor boards, Patient safety, ICU Leadership)
  • 5. Develop educational initiatives
  • 5.1. Identify educational needs of staff
  • 5.2. Develop and deliver effective educational material (presentations, inservices, handouts, policies, etc)
  • 5.3. Assess effectiveness of education as measured by staff performance.
  • 5.4. Develop educational plan for target areas of responsibility

    Other information:


    Graduate from an accredited College of Pharmacy with a B.S., M.S., or Pharm. D. degree. Completion of a residency in hospital pharmacy from a program accredited by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists is highly desired but not required.


    Minimum of three years of experience in a clinical practice setting with demonstrated skills in formulary/access evaluation, drug information, and project management. Experience in leading or participating in medical committees and application of quality improvement techniques is required.


    Active Connecticut Pharmacist License


    Experience in drug utilization/access review and data analysis (e.g. MS Excel, MS Access) is highly desirable. Excellent written and verbal presentation skills are required. Should be familiar with Change Acceleration Process (CAP) or similar process improvement/change management skills.

    The individual in the position is held accountable to the Business Development Manager for maintaining the highest of professional standards, promoting rational and cost-effective quality therapy and establishing safe medication practices. The Specialist will be responsible for the financial performance of specific disease states, drug or drug class targets, meeting regulatory and other governing body standards of medication management for assigned area, and managing quality outcomes for specified area, disease state or processes.

    The position requires leadership qualities and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbal. This individual requires a high degree of planning and exercising discretion in making therapeutic and technical decisions. Must apply new ideas, knowledge and skill gained from experience and education to current situations; and should possess a superior knowledge of current standards of pharmacy practice.

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    Job Info

    Job: 7548

    Department: Hamden OPS
    Category: Pharmacy
    Status: Full Time
    Shift: DAY/EVENING
    Hours: 40.00

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