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Pharmacist

X26

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving professional work in the operation of a pharmacy at a state institution or facility.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Reviews and interprets prescriptions.
  • Compounds and dispenses medications, controlled substances, investigational drugs and samples as ordered by physicians.
  • Reviews and maintains patient profiles for appropriateness of drug therapy, allergies, interactions and side effects.
  • Reviews and verifies technician activities.
  • Consults with physicians as necessary.
  • Assists in investigating reports of adverse drug reactions and the preparation or required reports.
  • Monitors drug supplies and insures the security of controlled substances.
  • Directs the ordering of new supplies and the disposition of outdated medications as appropriate.
  • Assigns tasks to technicians or clerks assigned to the pharmacy.
  • Insures on-coming shifts are properly staffed and briefed.
  • Assists in providing in-service training to clerks, technicians, interns, residents and nurses.
  • Maintains records of controlled substances.
  • Ensures compliance with pharmacy policies and procedures.
  • Assists in the preparation of pharmacy reports.
  • Provides drug information for medical personnel at institutions.
  • Makes formulary recommendations.
  • Provides staff of an institution with drug information, data, references, etc.
  • Provides clinical input on institutional committees.

Level Descriptors

The Pharmacist job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the depth and breadth of accountability, the expertise required to perform assigned duties and the responsibility for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: X26A Salary Band: K

This is the basic level of the job family where incumbents performs beginning level professional work in the operation of a pharmacy at a state facility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of prescription drugs and other medications; of procedures for compounding medicines; of controlled substances; of legal requirements concerning the filling and labeling of medications; of procedures for disposition of controlled medications; of the classification of drugs according to their action, use and dosage; and of pharmaceutical calculations used in weighting and measuring drugs.  Ability is required to review and interpret prescriptions; to prepare medications according to physician requirements; to analyze the effects of various combinations of drugs; to establish effective working relationships with others; and to communicate effectively.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a valid license to practice pharmacy in the State of Oklahoma.

Level II: Code: X26B Salary Band: L

This is the career level of the job family where incumbents perform professional work at the full performance level in the operation of a pharmacy at a state facility.  Incumbents at this level may be assigned responsibilities for providing training or guidance to technicians or other assigned staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of prescription drugs and other medications; of procedures for compounding medicines; of controlled substances; of legal requirements concerning the filling and labeling of medications; of procedures for disposition of controlled medications; of the classification of drugs according to their action, use and dosage; and of pharmaceutical calculations used in weighting and measuring drugs.  Ability is required to review and interpret prescriptions; to prepare medications according to physician requirements; to analyze the effects of various combinations of drugs; to establish effective working relationships with others; and to communicate effectively.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one year of experience as a pharmacist.

Level III: Code: X26C Salary Band: M

This is the specialist level of the job family where incumbents are assigned responsibilities involving advanced level professional work in the overall operation of a pharmacy or a satellite pharmacy.  Responsibilities may include independent responsibility for pharmacy operations, making administrative decisions on budget requirements, providing for staff development, clinical intervention in individual patient therapy,  serving as clinical pharmacist on the medical team and institutional committees, and recommending formulary changes based on pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutic data.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of the principles and practices of effective pharmaceutical care and clinical pharmacy including interpretation and evaluation of laboratory and other test results. 

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of experience as a pharmacist or a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree and a valid license to practice pharmacy in the state of Oklahoma.

Level IV: Code: X26D Salary Band: N

This is the leadership level of the job family where incumbents are assigned responsibilities involving the overall direction and operation of a pharmacy at a state facility.  Responsibilities may include direction or supervision of pharmacy staff, including supervisory staff at satellite pharmacies, making administrative decisions on budget requirements or staff development,  serving institutional committees, and recommending formulary changes based on pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutic data.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of the principles and practices of effective of effective  supervision. 

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of experience as a registered pharmacist or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree or a Master’s degree in Pharmacy Administration for two years of the required experience.

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