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Job Req ID:  67736


The Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit is seeking a Pharmacist  who performs comprehensive review and analysis of all aspects of handling, source of product supply, preparation, labeling, and storage, including the study design. Determines the feasibility of the study to achieve desired outcome. Insures that the Drug Data Sheet(s) is/are appropriate and complete. Assists the investigators with IND applications. This can include study drug and/or indication for use that is not FDA approved. Insures that all language in the consent form is appropriate in the description of the known risks of the drug and available literature. Provides timely in-service education on the research protocols to the pharmacy or study staff. Maintains a centralized database for performance improvement initiatives, including audit reports. Participates in continuing education programs as required.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Perform and oversee all pharmacy technical functions including.
  • Preparation and development of pharmacy protocols for all medications prepared.
  • Preparation, distribution and accountability of drugs utilized in human experimental research; as well as recording receiving, and storing all pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Determine bulk compounds needed. Oversee packaging and labeling all products compounded.
  • Compound (including bulk compounding) and calculating the correct amount of all drugs.
  • Calculate and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of solution and drugs to be used, taking into account concentration, overfill for slight losses during mixture, and number of doses contained in the solution.
  • Carry out and overseeing all quality assurance activities to insure the safe and accurate preparation of treatment and research medications.
  • Formulate all Residential Research Unit (RRU) and clinical research drugs and medications based on written requirements.
  • Complies drug information and maintains appropriate references.
  • Assist Pharmacy Research Assistant in recognizing atypical occurrences when compounding, e.g. changes in color, consistency, etc.
  • Operate all equipment safely, effectively and in compliance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Responsible for maintaining security of large amounts of psychoactive drugs.
  • Coordinate Quality Assurance activities for the pharmacy.
  • Oversee and directs collection and interpretation of Quality Assurance activities
  • Completes all required documentation and presents documentation according to established guidelines and timeframes.
  • Completes all record-keeping requirements for medications as required by federal, state, and local laws.
  • Maintains and ensures all documentation required for the Joint Commission is complete.
  • Monitors and documents work hours for Pharmacy Research Assistants.
  • Oversees ordering of all supplies for the pharmacy and documentation of such.
  • Maintains licensing and certification when required.
  • Maintain and ensure DEA required inventories of all controlled drugs.
  • Oversees and coordinates destruction of all expired/unusable controlled drugs with appropriate local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Develop pharmacy policy/procedure for all investigational drug preparation while maintaining blind drug status, stability, and FDA requirements.
  • Will treat customers with courtesy, respect and caring behaviors.

  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills with all customers.

  • Responds quickly and appropriately to customer requests.

  • Consistently demonstrates in-depth knowledge of departmental issues and practices in dealing with

    customer‘s problems.

  • Anticipates customer needs and initiates action to meet those needs.

  • Coordinate and interface with representatives of regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical research  sponsors as required.

  • Collaborates with BPRU faculty and fellows on a broad range of clinical pharmacology studies and clinical trials ensuring pharmacy support.

  • Will identify areas of development and seek opportunities for personal and professional growth.

  • Participates and contributes to the educational program of the BPRU’s post-doctoral fellowship training program.

  • Will work cooperatively within own department and with other departments/units.

  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills.

  • Attends staff meetings on a regular basis.

  • Provides timely feedback to the appropriate customer in a clear and concise manner.

  • Communicates relevant research participant changes to appropriate staff.

  • Ensures Pharmacy Research Assistant will use professional judgment in providing information based on specific situations and is sensitive to individual and organizational concerns.

  • Will ensure Pharmacy Research Assistant consistently serve as a credible representative of the department.

  • Will ensure Pharmacy Research Assistant follow appropriate channels and keep appropriate staff informed of relevant issues and events.

  • Will ensure Pharmacy Research Assistant consistently maintain confidentiality.

  • Adheres to federal confidentiality and HIPAA Regulations.

  • Will coordinate and oversee routine maintenance on equipment as indicated by manufacturers

     recommendations and policy.

  • Oversees coordination of repair of faulty equipment.

  • Oversees scheduling of routine preventive maintenance of equipment.

  • Oversees Pharmacy Research Assistant in areas above.

  • Other duties as job dictates.


Safety Procedures

  • Assures strict adherence to aseptic techniques for use of clean air hoods an all other special equipment.
  • Monitors medications to determine that substances are delivered to the proper person in safe and appropriate manner (adheres to the 5 R’s: Right Patient, Right Dose, Right Route, Right Time, Right Medication).
  • Attends training as required for safety.
  • Oversees Pharmacy Research Assistant in areas above.
  • Will know, understand, and abide by the Johns Hopkins University and BPRU policies and                procedures.
  • Ensure Pharmacy Research Assistants know, understand, and abide by the Johns Hopkins                University and BPRU policies and procedures.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Registration in the State of Maryland having a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited School of Pharmacy.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two to five (2-5) years experience in the hospital pharmacy field is preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of research issues concerns highly desired.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical law and Joint Commission, FDA, DEA, and relevant state requirements for control of scheduled substances.
  • Knowledge of drug abuse, alcoholism, and related health care issues.
  • Excellent organizational skills required.


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • Experience with computers required.
  • Experience with Macintosh or Windows preferred.


Physical Requirements:

  • Transport equipment and supplies usually less than 25 pounds.


Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Pharmacy Research Assistants on staff (currently 1).


Classified Title: Pharmacist
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG 
Starting Salary Range: $42.64 - $58.63/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: varies-on call 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: ​​​​​​​Johns Hopkins Bayview 

Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Psy Bay Behavioral Pharm Rserch Unit 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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