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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 295J
Category: Health Care


Within the Department of Health, Board of Pharmacy, conducts inspections of pharmacies, drug manufacturers, drug wholesalers, precursor chemical outlets, researchers and other firms. Conducts investigations of health professionals in cases of suspected or alleged criminal violations of laws administered by the Board of Pharmacy.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions at this level will conduct more complicated investigations and inspections and may lead one or more pharmacist.

Typical Work

Conducts investigations of alleged violations of laws pertaining to health care practitioners including pharmacists, physicians (MD & DO), nurses (RN & LPN), dentists, veterinarians, licensed or certified practitioner assistants (pharmacy & physicians); conducts interviews, interrogations, surveillance, and undercover work;  

Makes arrests; collects and prepares evidence for prosecution of drug violations; prepares investigational reports and information to be submitted to the professional licensing board involved and/or prosecuting attorney so that a professional board hearing or a criminal case can be instigated; gives testimony before a court of law or professional disciplinary board concerning the results and facts from an investigation;  

Works closely with and assists other law enforcement agencies in the State and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in drug related enforcement activities;  

Inspects pharmacies, manufacturers, wholesalers, nursing homes, hospitals, State institutions, and shopkeeper outlets where both controlled substances and over-the-counter drugs are sold, stored, dispensed, or administered;  

Serves as senior enforcement officer in a region; assists with training of investigators;  

Attends disciplinary hearings, meetings, seminars, and training programs pertaining to drug law enforcement;  

Prepares daily and monthly reports as required by the Board;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  clinical pharmaceutical practices; drug control laws; pharmacy practice laws and regulations; Attorney General opinions; effective and efficient inspection and/or investigation techniques; practices and structures of various law enforcement agencies; rules of evidence and laws of arrest, search and seizure; procedures before administrative hearings and criminal courts.   

Ability to:  investigate complaints; coordinate and monitor a region-wide program; work effectively in situations requiring extreme tact and good judgment; write and speak clearly and concisely.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid Washington State license to practice pharmacy. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years of pharmaceutical experience as a licensed pharmacist.

Class Specification History

New class: 8-1-66
Revised definition, minimum qualifications and title change (formerly Drug Inspector 2): 5-5-72
Revises definition, minimum qualifications and adds distinguishing characteristics: 7-10-81
Revises definition, distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications: 4-14-89
Class code change (formerly 5365): 7-14-89 Revised definition and distinguishing characteristics: 9-13-91
Revised Title (formerly Investigator 2 - Board of Pharmacy), Definition, Distinguishing Characteristics, Minimum Qualifications: 11/9/01.
General revision. Revises class code (formerly 53550), typical work, minimum qualifications, knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.