Pharmacy Inspector/InvestigatorPharmacist II
Dept. of Public Health
Full-Time or Part-Time:
$65,283.14 to $106,279.42 Annually
Number Of Vacancies:
239 Causeway Street, Health Professions Licensure
This position is funded from the Commonwealth's annual operating budget.Duties:
Conducts complaint investigations and inspections of health professionals and entities licensed by the Division of Health Professions Licensure for the purposes of determining compliance with the statutes and regulations of the Board of Registration in Pharmacy. Assesses the accurate and consistent interpretation of pharmacy, controlled substance and other health-related regulations and correct implementation of survey procedures. Provides consultation on technical pharmaceutical and health related issues. Conducts training for providers and staff. Reviews and analyzes medical error, medication error, drug loss or serious incident reports and provides written reports to the Board. Performs related work as required.
Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Surveys, inspects and evaluates pharmacy and drug related practices in health care facilities and pharmacies throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to determine compliance with state and federal rules and regulations for licensure, certification and registration.
2. Participates in the provision of training programs for professionals and organizations providing pharmacy and medication administration services.
3. Reviews complaints, reports, documents and pertinent information received from the general public and agency personnel concerning alleged violations of laws and regulations related to medical error and systems failures in order to determine whether allegations can be substantiated and to provide the Division and Boards with guidance as to appropriate disposition. Verifies information obtained in order to establish accuracy and authenticity of facts.
4. Consults with other division staff and provides information on drug related issues in order to develop policies and to collaborate on innovative approaches for delivering pharmaceutical products in a safe manner which ensures the health and safety of patients.
5. Interprets state and federal regulations for licensure, certification and registration of pharmacy professionals
and pharmacies to exchange information and to ensure fair and consistent application of regulations and
6. Prepares reports on drug-related issues and conditions in pharmacies and health care facilities and recommends corrective actions that assist pharmacies and pharmacy professionals to improve operational deficiencies and satisfy licensing and certification requirements.
7. Provides administrators of health care facilities with materials pertaining to pharmacy and medication practices, innovations in pharmaceutical services and improvements in equipment used in pharmacy.
8. Provides consultation on technical pharmaceutical and health related issues.
9. Makes recommendations concerning changes in policies and procedures governing assigned unit activities and confers with management and other agency personnel to provide information, resolve problems and/or recommend changes in policies and procedures.
10. Provides on-the-job training for Division employees.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a registered Pharmacist.
Current and valid registration as a pharmacist under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.
Qualifications Required at Hire:
1. Knowledge of principles and practices of pharmacology.
2. Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in the fields of pharmacology and medicine.
3. Knowledge of safety, sanitation and sterilization methods, techniques and procedures followed in a pharmacy.
4. Knowledge of the standard methods and techniques used in the storage of drugs and chemicals.
5. Knowledge of diagnostic methods and techniques related to the field of pharmacology.
6. Knowledge of the factors, trends and problems in providing pharmaceutical services to patients.
7. Knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques in preparing sterile and particulate free medical products and materials.
8. Knowledge of the methods of preparing various pharmaceutical preparations and solutions including dialysis and irrigation solutions.
9. Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of chemical compounds used in pharmacology.
10. Knowledge of the types and characteristics of drugs used providing medical and psychiatric care.
11. Knowledge of the biochemical and physiological bases of drug actions including structure activity relationships and mechanisms of actions.
12. Knowledge of the methods followed in compounding medications and pharmaceutical preparations.
13. Knowledge of principles and practices of biology.
14. Knowledge of general and clinical chemistry.
15. Knowledge of principles and practices of toxicology.
16. Knowledge of biochemistry.
17. Knowledge of physiology.
18. Knowledge of the principles and correct usage of the English language including grammar, spelling, sentence structure, word meaning and punctuation.
19. Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise understandable manner.
20. Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
21. Ability to proficiently utilize MS Word, Excel, Outlook.
22. Ability to write clearly and concisely.
23. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in oral expression.
24. Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals and by examining records and documents.
25. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
26. Ability to maintain accurate records.
27. Ability to prepare technical reports.
28. Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures.
29. Ability to deal tactfully with others.
30. Ability to interpret and apply laws, rules and regulations concerning the dispensing of drugs.
31. Ability to conduct training or instruction.
32. Ability to work independently.
33. Ability to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements.
34. Ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful and emergency situations.
35. Knowledge of the principles and methods of inventory control of supplies and equipment.
36. Ability to plan, assign and coordinate the activities of others by establishing operating and/or reporting relationships and by assigning the work accordingly.
37. Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision.
License and/or Certification Requirements:
Candidate will have a current and valid registration as a Pharmacist issued by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, a valid Massachusetts driver?s license and ready access to an automobile for use as required when conducting on-site inspections.
This is a Civil Service position. As applicable, preference for this position will be given to those candidates who are eligible for Civil Service/ConTest Reinstatement/Reemployment or to those candidates who have passed the civil service examination for this job title, and who respond to the job certification that was recently issued for this location and/or to employees laid off or bumped from this title who are eligible for recall, and in accordance with Article 14 or applicable Collective bargaining requirements.
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants"
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Health Office of Human Resources
600 Washington Street, 7th Fl.
Boston, MA 02111
Or to Fax 617-348-5509
Customer Service 1-800-850-6968
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Agency Web Address:
Mr. Patrick Damas, Director of Diversity, 617-624-5471.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.