Salary: $49.49-$60.42 hourly / $8,608-$10,509 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction, ensures compliance with all
applicable laws and regulations for a single pharmacy; compounds and
dispenses prescribed medications; may provide functional supervision
of professional, paraprofessional, and support staff; and performs
related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a professional-level class.
The Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) is distinguished from the Pharmacist
by the PIC's responsibility for ensuring compliance with all laws
and regulations governing the operation of their respective
pharmacy. The PIC is distinguished from the Pharmacist, Supervising
in that the latter is responsible for planning and directing the
work of Public Health pharmacies. The PIC is further distinguished
from the Pharmacist, Supervising in that the latter has full
supervisory responsibility for all pharmacy staff, whereas the PIC
may provide functional supervision to staff in a single pharmacy.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Maintains records of all transactions of the pharmacy necessary
to ensure accurate control over and accountability for all drugs as
required by applicable state and federal laws, rules, and
regulations; ensures legal operation of the pharmacy, including
meeting all inspection and other requirements of state and federal
laws, rules, and regulations governing pharmacy operations.
2. Fills prescriptions for pharmaceutical preparations and devices
for patients at County facilities; maintains accurate and detailed
records of all prescription transactions, and submits appropriate
claims for third-party reimbursement; consults with physicians and
nurses regarding pharmaceutical questions; advises physicians on
formulary medications and cost-effective and innovative therapies;
answers pharmaceutical questions from patients and staff; monitors
storage, distribution, and use of pharmaceuticals.
3. May provide functional supervision to professional,
paraprofessional, and support staff in their respective pharmacy,
including training, assigning duties, and providing input for
4. Documents and reports medication errors to direct supervisor.
1. Possession of a valid Pharmacist license issued by the California
State Board of Pharmacy, and one year of professional experience as
a Pharmacist; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge, abilities, and license.
Knowledge of: inventory control; the compounding of prescriptions
and stock pharmaceutical preparations; pharmaceutical chemistry and
manufacturing methods; drugs, chemicals, and pharmaceutical supplies
required in the operation of a pharmacy; state and federal laws and
regulations pertaining to the legal operation of a pharmacy; medical
record keeping requirements and procedures; the use and dispensing
of narcotics and poisons.
Ability to: learn modern pharmacy management, including accounting
procedures within medical payment/reimbursement programs; learn to
assign, prioritize, and evaluate the work of others; learn to
develop and implement operational procedures; collect and analyze
data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; maintain accurate
records and document actions taken; make arithmetical calculations;
maintain confidentiality of information; understand, interpret,
explain, and comply with laws, regulations, and policies governing
pharmacy operations; compound a wide variety of drugs and medicines
and maintain appropriate related records; communicate effectively,
both orally and in writing, with fellow medical professionals and
patients; develop harmonious professional relationships with clinic
staff; counsel patients on proper use of medication; learn and apply
principles and practices of supervision.