Inpatient Pharmacist Lead

- Santa Clara, CA
Posted: July 20, 2022
Under the direction of the Inpatient Pharmacy Director or Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, provides functional direction and training to Inpatient Pharmacist and other Pharmacy personnel. Consults with patients and medical personnel regarding medication therapy. Dispenses compounds, procures, stores, and distributes pharmacy products. Provides medical personnel and patients with medication and information and product identification. Provides functional direction to staff, prioritizes workflow, removes obstacles to the efficient operation of the department, analyzes and resolves problems in order to assure high quality service.

Essential Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Inpatient Pharmacy Director or Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, provides functional direction and training to Inpatient Pharmacists and other pharmacy personnel. Monitors and/or manages the medication therapy of specific hospitalized or ambulatory patients as assigned to assure optimum therapeutic results and cost-effective prescribing.

Reviews laboratory test results and the patient's progress to detect adverse drug reactions, and confers with and assists medical personnel in laboratory test interpretation, care and treatment of patients. Interviews patients to obtain information regarding medication use, medication allergies and sensitivities. Documents the information in the patient's electronic medical record and other systems as appropriate. Advises patients of directions for use, medication storage requirements, importance of compliance, precautions and warning for medication therapy. Advises the patient on the use of related devices and the coordination of drug therapy with diet, according to established policies and procedures. Provides medical personnel with medication information, drug therapy options, and pharmacokinetic dosing advice. Orders and adjusts dosages, orders laboratory tests, and administers medication under protocol according to established policies and procedures.

Dispenses, compounds, procures, stores, and distributes pharmacy products. Monitors the effectiveness and accuracy of medication distribution. Reviews physician orders, and enters orders, in the patient's electronic medical record. Verifies accuracy of transcription or data entry in the medication administration record or electronic medical record. Verifies accuracy of medication preparation and dispensing by pharmacy personnel. Reviews patient's medical record to verify proper delivery and correct administration of medication. Reports discrepancies to appropriate medical and/or administrative personnel.

Participates in assigned education and training programs. As necessary, provides inservices and educational programs for pharmacy, other medical personnel, and patients. As necessary, participates in patient-care rounds, hospital committees, utilization review, and quality management programs.

Performs other duties as required.

This job coaches, problem solves, and provides functional direction to other employees, but does not have the authority to hire, fire or discipline.

Basic Qualifications:




B.S. degree in pharmacy OR Pharm.D required.

License, Certification, Registration

Current American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) card required.

Current CA Registered Pharmacist License.

Additional Requirements:

Must be able to obtain an NPI # within one month in position.

Comprehensive knowledge of current pharmacological/biopharmaceutical principles, medical terminology, pathologies, disease states, and related information for a medical management plan.

Knowledge of aseptic technique, and the preparation of sterile IV products and chemotherapeutic agents.

Knowledge of emergency medications and drug monitoring.

Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Must be able to operate the pharmacy computer system(s) and other equipment.

Must be able to generate prescription labels.


Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:



TITLE: Inpatient Pharmacist Lead

LOCATION: Santa Clara, California


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

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Santa Clara, CA

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