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Pharmacist, Compounding at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

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Type: Full Time
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:


Under the general direction of the Pharmacy Manager, the Pharmacist is responsible for performing a variety of professional level functions to assist in providing patients with optimum pharmaceutical care. The pharmacist's efforts are directed primarily toward reviewing medication orders, conducting interventions with nurses and physicians and overseeing/checking the work of technicians, including the dispensing of medications and pharmaceutical preparations. The pharmacist participates in the quality improvement efforts of the department. The position works in the pharmacy central IV room, chemotherapy satellite pharmacy, and the Department Compounding Center.


The pharmacist collaborates with and serves as a resource for nurses, physicians, pharmacy technicians, and other clinicians who participate in the management of sterile products preparation and distribution. He/she is responsible for coordinating and delivering pharmacy services in compliance with all applicable policies, regulatory agency requirements and state and federal laws.

Job-specific responsibilities:

Reviews all drug therapy to ensure that medication orders are reasonable, appropriate and chemically and physiologically compatible, checks to see that medications are intended to be given to the patient in the proper manner.

* Assesses all medication orders to ensure they meet established standards and practice guidelines of MGH Department of pharmacy. Reports order discrepancies to appropriate staff promptly.

* Advises clinicians on drug selection based on current clinical guidelines to optimize drug therapy.

* Oversees the safe handling and preparation of various sterile and non-sterile medications, including chemotherapy, hazardous and non-hazardous medications, and investigational medications.

* Checks admixtures for accurate preparation, including the additive(s), parent solution, and label.

Compounds, labels and dispenses controlled drugs to patients and appropriate personnel, dispenses investigational drugs to appropriate personnel and participates in drug studies as required.

* Oversees pharmacy technician, students, and interns activities regarding preparation of intravenous medications in accordance with established policies and procedures and performs quality control checks.

* Adheres to safety requirements in the handling and preparation of hazardous and non-hazardous medications in accordance with current organizational policies, guidelines and laws (USP , USP , ASHP, Mass. Board of Pharmacy).

* Oversees the ordering, storage and handling of medications and supplies.

* Participates in education activities such as in-services, CE presentations, and publications.

* Answers drug information questions.

* Participates in the Safety Reporting System. Identifies and reports therapy errors and adverse drug reactions.

* Monitors, documents, and reports medication recalls.

* Participates in the training, education and mentoring of other pharmacists, pharmacy interns, technicians, and students.

* Ensures compliance with controlled substance distribution and control system.

* Participates in area specific staff and department meetings as necessary.

* Participates in quality, safety and other project work outside of regular staffing duties.

* May participate in research activities with publication or presentation at local and/or national meetings.

* Assists in the development of policy and procedures.

Make recommendations for improvements to existing pharmacy methods and procedures and/offers new ideas, as part of the departments quality improvement effort.

* Participates in provider, patient and family education of medication therapies as necessary

* Documents interventions and patient education activities

* Other duties as assigned by the Pharmacy Operations Manager, Compounding Services and the Director of Pharmacy Inpatient Operations


Graduate of ACPE accredited college of pharmacy

Licensed or eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in Massachusetts

Completion of ASHP accredited PGY1 residency preferred

Experience (1-2 years) working in a compounding setting preferred


Fluency in English.

Knowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations

Knowledge of contemporary pharmacy systems

Knowledge of USP 797, 795 and 800

Excellent comprehension of written policies and procedures

Ability to make appropriate decisions, develop and complete follow-up actions.

Professional maturity and the ability to make sound decisions on deadline independent of close supervision.

Good judgment: must be able to distinguish when the needs of the patients comes first.

Effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Ability to work well on a team as well as independently.

Attention to detail and organizational ability.

Effective writing skills.

Good prioritization skills.

Effective problem solving skills.

Ability to work under pressure.

Attention to detail


Pharmacy technicians and interns in the compounding pharmacy space.


Enforces formulary system, and department and area specific financial goals

Assures cost-effective medication utilization

Minimized medication waste

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.