State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PHARMACIST - INVESTIGATOR
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;
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.
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.