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Academic Center- Banner University Medical Center Phoenix is a nationally ranked academic medical center. BUMCP was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 50 hospitals nationally for specialty care areas including Geriatrics, Nephrology and Urology. They also tied as the No. 2 hospital in Arizona along with Banner - University Medical Center Tucson. Our specialty services include advanced heart care, treatment for advanced lung diseases, organ transplantation, orthopedics, rehabilitation, concussion care and much more. Banner - University Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center.
This position is responsible for purchasing, maintaining inventory, and coordinating semi-annual inventory for medications and supplies in the department. This individual expedites backorders and emergency orders to ensure critical shortages are resolved. Communicates with vendors and manufacturers; researches and compares medication prices in support of the current contracts; reviews and implements contract responsibilities.
This position is a day-shift position, scheduled to work Monday-Friday for 8 hours. This position will also include an on-call weekend rotation based on business needs.
University Medical Center Phoenix Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix is a nationally recognized academic medical center. The world-class hospital is focused on coordinated clinical care, expanded research activities and nurturing future generations of highly trained medical professionals. Our commitment to nursing excellence has enabled us to achieve Magnet(tm) recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Phoenix campus, long known for excellent patient care, has over 730 licensed beds, a number of unique specialty units and is the new home for medical discoveries, thanks to our collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. Additionally, the campus responsibilities include fully integrated multi-specialty and sub-specialty clinics, and with a new $400 million campus investment, a new patient tower and 2 new clinic buildings will be built.
POSITION SUMMARY This position is responsible for purchasing, maintaining inventory, and coordinating semi-annual inventory for medications and supplies in the department. This individual expedites backorders and emergency orders to ensure critical shortages are resolved. Communicates with vendors and manufacturers; researches and compares medication prices in support of the current contracts; reviews and implements contract responsibilities. Must be knowledgeable of the hospital medication formulary, current medication usage trends, and purchasing needs of the department. Expedites medication recalls and returns medications as appropriate. Completes dispensing, compounding and clerical functions in the General Pharmacy, Sterile Products Area, and Prescription Pharmacy (where applicable). Assists the Pharmacist in dispensing medications and maintaining appropriate patient records, charges and inventory control.
CORE FUNCTIONS 1. Ensures adequate inventory. Procures medications and supplies at the bid price or most economical available cost. Inventories, evaluates need, sets reorder points, and establishes order quantities for medications including controlled substances. Submits orders to local wholesalers daily or from direct accounts as needed. Makes decisions that result in lowest possible medication expenses without jeopardizing availability of adequate inventory.
2. Reconciles invoices with merchandise received, codes invoices for payment, and processes invoices according to current Accounts Payable standards. Works closely with vendor representatives to resolve procurement and billing problems. Reconciles inter facility transfer of medications on a monthly basis. Compiles cost data, prepares reports, and processes interdepartmental charges.
3. Acts in an expeditor role for back orders and has the authority to change vendors if primary vendor cannot supply needed medications. Communicates to staff all backorders and out of stock medications. Alerts pharmacy leaders of current and anticipated shortages.
4. Addresses medication recall notices. Removes medication from current inventory, returns, and completes documentation as directed in recall notice. Maintains files and adequate documentation related to medication recalls.
5. Coordinates removal of all outdated and unusable items from inventory. Sends outdated and unusable medications to selected returns company for reimbursement. Processes invoices and maintains files with adequate documentation related to returned medications.
6. Reviews and participates in the analysis of new and existing agreements for greater cost savings. Takes part in system wide task forces for standardization of product and services and implementation of system wide agreements.
7. Works as a liaison to the contract team to promote standardization and utilization efforts. Is a resource for product and vendor information for the facilities and as a resource for products and suppliers. Works closely with assigned departments to understand and meet their needs regarding product specification and selection.
8. Participates in the following aspects of medication use: selection, procurement and storage, and dispensing. Internal customers may include Patients, Nurses, Licensed Independent Practitioners, Nursing Directors, Department Directors, Administrators and other health care team members for the purpose of integrating services, improving patient care and ensuring effective communication systems. External customers may include local, state, and national pharmacy organizations, Joint commission, state Board of Pharmacy, colleagues and peers, educational institutions and pharmaceutical representatives.
Requires pharmacy technician licensure in the state of practice (where applicable) and active pharmacy technician certification OR Pharmacy Intern licensure in the state of practice.
Must demonstrate proven knowledge of pharmacy inventory and supplies as typically obtained through 2 to 3 years pharmacy technician experience. Must possess good organizational, problem solving and computer skills. Must have good written and verbal communication skills for interfacing with all levels of staff, physicians, patients and other contacts. Ability to learn, comprehend, and interpret contract language and legal issues of the procurement process.
Ability to use multiple software packages on a personal computer and have a working knowledge of Medication Management Information System (MMIS)
Pharmacy technician experience and pharmacy buyer experience preferred. Additional training in specialty areas (such as automatic dispensing technology, controlled substances and satellite pharmacy) preferred.
Additional related education and/or experience preferred.
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