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The Director of Pharmacy is responsible for planning and directing pharmacy services within a state agency and ensuring compliance with controlled substance regulations. This

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Directs the operations of a medium-sized professional staff by reviewing performance evaluations, evaluating the performance of immediate subordinates, and reviewing and approving/disapproving a variety of actions, policies, and procedures recommended by subordinates. Plans and establishes policies, procedures, and priorities for the purchase of drug supplies and coordinates regulatory control of controlled substances including the handling, storing, and distribution of drugs. Determines and recommends staff, contract bids, and material and equipment needs and reviews state drug contracts for state purchasing. Oversees and coordinates the preparation of prescribed drugs to be administered to clients, reviews drug orders for possible patient reaction, and coordinates the destruction and/or return of damaged or out-of-state controlled substances. Provides technical assistance to staff, physicians, and hospital personnel regarding drug information and utilization, state and federal laws, and safety and security of drugs. Develops and recommends new and revised legislation, policies, and procedures governing drug handlers to respond to changes in the selection and utilization of drugs. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal drug laws and regulations. Knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of pharmacology. Knowledge of pharmacy administration in the areas of health care delivery, management, and drug distribution. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to direct the operations of a pharmacy. Ability to plan and develop policies and procedures for administering, handling, and storing drugs. Ability to develop legislation for drug handlers for the selection and utilization of controlled substances. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed as a Registered Pharmacist by the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy as established by ACA 17-92-301; plus five years of experience in pharmacy operations, including two years in institutional pharmacy administration/management.

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