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Job Ref:  360958600
Employer:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
City:  Denver
State:  Colorado (CO)
Position type:  Full-Time
MAJOR DUTIES: The Clinical Pharmacy(Procurement Specialist) is a licensed professional with knowledge of and proficiency in pharmacy practice, inventory control and pharmacotherapeutics. The incumbent has overall has overall operational responsibility for ordering and inventory control of all drug products and pharmaceutical supplies and their procurement.In addition, is also responsible for:

Drug Procurement:
- Monitors pharmaceutical purchases, facilities and maximizes the purchase of the most cost effective products and initiates costs savings proposals when feasible.
- Coordinates pharmaceutical, therapeutic conversions to contract items in order to take optimal advantage of cost saving opportunities.
- Works with formulary program manager to monitor medication trends, costs and expenditures, ensures up to date VISTA cost data and timely, accurate cost reports.

Inventory Control:
- Implement and maintain the drug accountability VISTA package and monitorPharmaceutical Prime Vendor package to assure accurate inventories are maintained.
- Manage inventory levels to minimize drug shortages and maximize inventory turnover.
- Develop inventory control policies and procedures, educate staff.
- Serves as the primary liaison to the pharmacy staff and other health professionals regarding availability of stock, order dates, expected delivery dates, back orders and CMOP rejects.
- Assures that stock is appropriately identified, stored and rotated to avoid damage or out dates.
- Responsible for forecasting supply needs and requirements. Establishes inventory levels based on fluctuating usage, workload, emergency requests, and special handling and/or storage requirements.
- Responsible for establishing and maintaining various sources of procurement, government contracts and price lists from pharmaceutical firms. Consults with manufacturer representatives to establishinventory control procedures and outline procurement responsibilities.

Pharmacy Financial Analysis:
-Coordinates with fiscal and pharmacy leadership on preparation of pharmacy annual budget.
- Monitors Consolidated Mail Order Pharmacy (CMOP) costs for inconsistencies, irregularities, intervenes as appropriate.
- Complies and submits budget status reports to Associate Chief of Pharmacy.
- Responsible for fund control point transactions and usage record maintenance.
-Reconciles billing and payment of leased equipment within pharmacy; incorporates expenditures into budget projections.

- Responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating work oftwo (2)pharmacy procurement technicians. Assigns specific tasksand adjusts work assignments as needed.
- Initiates and coordinates activities in the recall of drugs appropriate to the level of recall. Communicates actions to pharmacy and medical staff as appropriate and insures affected lots of recalled products are removed from stock and quarantined. Ensures actions are tracked and reported..
-Program coordinator for the collection and disposition of hazardous pharmaceuticals within Pharmacy and the Medical Center.Identifies pharmaceuticals considered hazardous in accordance with National Institutes of Occupations Safety and Health (NIOSH) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and takes appropriate actions according to national and regional guidance.

- Serves as a drug information resource providing up-to-date drug information to prescriber, other health care professionals, patients and care givers.
- Implements Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee policies including therapeutic interchanges, and automatic substitutions to include appropriate patient and provider educations.
- Reports adverse drug events (ADE), near misses and medication errors in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program.
- Participates in the medical center medication utilization evaluation (MUE) program.
- Reviews medication profiles and monitors for signs of compliance or potential abuse. Reviews medication orders for appropriateness, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and the amount, prior to dispensing.
- Ensures all medication orders are entered into the electronic patient medical record.


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Graduate of an Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited college or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) degree; OR completion of an ACPE accredited Pharm D. program by July 1, 2014. Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the education requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOFEL iBT). COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.
  • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia; or plan to obtain a full, unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia within the next two years. Copy ofcurrent license required if applicable.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Physical Requirements - Required to sustain extended periods of stretching, standing and reaching in the course of his/her employment, which may involve lifting heavy items (30-45 pounds).


Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity. To qualify for the GS-11 grade level the Pharmacist must meet basic qualification requirements.

In addition to basic requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level OR have completed an ACPE-accredited Pharm D. program (transcript required). In addition, pharmacists at the GS-12 level must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.
3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard dated June 7, 2012, and the OPM Individual Occupational Requirement for Pharmacists located at .

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (6 hours per day); kneeling (2 hours per day); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted).

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter
*Other(10-2850c, VA Application )
*Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required).
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1045163.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 27, 2014Thursday, February 27, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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