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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 295E
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Performs professional pharmaceutical activities in a pharmacy.


Performs professional pharmaceutical dispensing and clinical functions within a pharmacy.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Compounds and dispenses medications; provides prescribers with medication related information; completes related documentation.

Typical Work

Evaluates all prescribers’ orders and verifies correctness of entries in computerized patient profiles;  

Educates patients and family members on medications dispensed; 

Compounds, labels and dispenses medications and pharmaceutical preparations; 

Ensures delivery of pharmaceuticals to patient as prescribed by physician; 

Directs the work of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants, residents, interns, and pharmacy and/or veterinary students; 

Participates in clinical conferences; 

Maintains accurate records of controlled substances dispensed, purchased and destroyed, and ensures proper storage of same; 

Performs routine inspections of patient care areas and clinic medication drug rooms;
Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: standard practices followed in compounding, filling, labeling, and distributing medical prescriptions; various medications, pharmaceuticals, and other medical supplies and solutions used in compounding and dispensing medications; pharmaceutical calculations; medical terms; classification of medications according to their action, use, and dosage; procedures related to medication supply work; use of weights, measures, and other dispensing devices; record keeping and inventory procedures.   

Ability to: operate pharmacy; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff; follow technical oral and written instructions.

Legal Requirement(s)

Eligible for State of Washington Pharmacist license.

Class Specification History

New class: 6-3-88.
Revise Class/MQ: 9-16-98.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Pharmacist I), class code (formerly 6034), revises class series concept, definition and distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work and adds knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.