NEXT Oncology, an affiliate with Texas Oncology and the US Oncology Network, is growing and has an exciting full-time opportunity for an Investigation Drug Services (IDS) Pharmacist in the Medical Center area of San Antonio, TX.
Texas Oncology delivers high-quality, high-touch care to help cancer patients achieve "More breakthroughs. More victories."® in their fight against cancer. We are an independent, physician-led practice delivering leading-edge technology and treatment options and conducting innovative research. Founders of the practice pioneered community-based care to enable more cancer patients to receive high-quality care while staying close to the critical support of family and friends.
Texas Oncology has more than 150 sites of service throughout Texas, with more than 350 physicians dedicated to serving our patients. On average, we treat more than 50,000 new cancer patients each year, with documented growth year over year. Texas Oncology pioneered the concept of community-based, outpatient, multidisciplinary cancer centers. We give local communities access to leading-edge technology that was previously only available in larger metropolitan areas. Texas Breast Specialists and Texas Urology Specialists are a part of Texas Oncology. Texas Oncology is an affiliate of The U.S. Oncology Network, which is owned by McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Reviews all investigational protocols, amendments and clarification letters. Updates concomitant medication screening note, medication diary / diaries and / or other study-specific forms and Vestigo (electronic drug accountability program) as required.
Participates in providing timely, informative, and accurate communication with the interdisciplinary team to ensure protocol compliance and timeliness of protocol-related procedures.
Performs concomitant medication screens on all patient who are undergoing screening for clinical trial enrollment. Answers concomitant medication questions for research staff and patients though out trial enrollment.
Ensures evidence-based symptom management is provided to patients as permitted by the protocol.
Reviews potential future protocols for feasibility and attends protocol review meeting, if required.
Attends site initiation visits, if required.
Medication Dispensing and Preparation for Conventional and Investigational Products (IP)
Reviews all orders for accuracy of dose and dose calculations.
Reviews patient-specific factors to determine eligibility for treatment, including, but not limited to laboratory values, required protocol assessments (ECHO / MUGA, disease assessments, ophthalmology exam, pulmonary function, etc.), consent / reconsent and toxicity resolution.
Management of Investigational Product and Drug Accountability
Maintains responsibility for the management of the inventory for protocols, including ordering, receiving and returning IP, as required.
Ensure that correct procedures for receipt of IP and storage of IP are followed.
Maintain appropriate and accurate records for all protocols, including drug accountability, drug receipt, temperature monitoring, expiration / retest dating and staff training, etc.
Ensure that procedures for the return and disposal of IP are current and being followed.
For oral IP: review patient medication diaries and IP returns for accuracy and completeness in conjunction with the treatment room nurses and research coordinators. Document this review and returns in Vestigo. Ensure medication diary is scanned and uploaded into eDOCs.
Monitors IDS activities, on a daily basis, to ensure adherence to protocols and dispensing procedures.
Ensure that products used in clinical trials are managed according to standard operating procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and any other applicable regulations.
Assist with monitoring visits and answering any monitor queries.
Administrative and Supervisory Responsibilities
Provides direct supervision to IDS pharmacy technicians for preparation of medications for dispensing, including compounding of IV and hazardous medications and oral IP doses.
Complies with NEXT Oncology SOPs and ensures all IDS staff are appropriately trained and in compliance with SOPs.
Contributes to the development, integration and monitoring of written procedures and work flows covering all aspects of the IDS.
Oversees monthly conventional inventory, investigates inventory discrepancies / issues and performs adjustments, as required.
Provides technical and procedural guidance.
Monitors IDS activities, on a daily basis, to ensure adherence to proper inventory record maintenance.
Provides coverage for other IDS employees when they are out due to illness or scheduled PTO.
Collects and documents workload measurement statistics, provides other data, as required.
Supervises and provides direction to IDS staff.
Orients IDS staff, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students to the IDS role with respect to protocols, as required.
Maintain continuing education requirements to maintain Texas Pharmacy and Preceptor License, any certifications and protocol compliance training, i.e. GCP / PHRS.
Data and Document Management and Information Technology
Assist in the scanning and uploading of protocol documentation into eDOCs.
Upload resume, license(s), certification(s) and training documents into eDOCs.
Vestigo will be utilized as our IP and protocol management software. All IDS staff will become knowledgeable in the use of this program.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The IDS Pharmacist must be knowledgeable in standard pharmacy practices, including USP<797> and USP<800>, in addition to research and oncology care practices. The IDS Pharmacist advocates for patient safety and protocol integrity, adheres to patient care standards, and communicates effectively to ensure effective conduct of clinical trials and quality patient care.
Current Texas Pharmacy License (required)
Current Texas Pharmacy Preceptor License (preferred)
Current IV Certification (preferred)
Current Chemotherapy Certification (preferred)
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Requires full range of body motion including manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination.
Requires standing and walking for extensive periods of time.
Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 40 lbs.
Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medical preparations and other conditions common to an oncology/hematology clinic environment.
The vision of Texas Oncology is to be the premier provider of oncology and hematology care in the Southwest. We have high standards for patient satisfaction and offer exceptional value in cancer care. We also strive to advance clinical research and develop innovative approaches to treatment of oncology and hematology disorders.
The mission of Texas Oncology is to provide "More breakthroughs. More victories." To this end, we give patients access to the highest quality cancer care available today within their own local communities. Our cutting-edge technologies, treatments and research are offered in welcoming and comfortable environments. We maintain comprehensive quality oversight and responsible financial management. At all times, we pride ourselves in being moral, ethical and efficient as a medical practice and employer.
We extend an extremely competitive offering of benefits to employees, including Medical Health Care, Dental Care, Vision Plan, 401-k with a matching component, Life Insurance, Short-term and Long-term disability and Wellness & Perks Programs. Come join our growing organization and enjoy knowing that you work for an organization dedicated to making the lives of others better.
The US Oncology Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
The US Oncology Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: MCKEA00877737
About US Oncology Network
The US Oncology Network believes local cancer care is better care. We empower the delivery of advanced integrated cancer care through our network of independent physicians who share expertise and resources to provide quality, value-based care close to home.
Our clinical and business support capabilities, expertise and industry-leading technologies keep local practices at the forefront of high quality, efficient care delivery while enabling practice success, quality of life and financial security for physicians.
- 25 years of oncology practice management expertise
- Leader in value-based cancer care with over 900 physicians participating in the Center for Medicaid and Medicare
- Innovation Oncology Care Model – one fourth of the entire population of physicians nationwide
- Over 1,400 affiliated physicians
- More than 450 cancer treatment center locations across the United States
- Over 995,000 patients treated annually