The Controlled Substance Program Manager is responsible for the daily professional and administrative operations of the controlled substance vaults throughout the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. The employee will also lead process improvement initiatives and monitor quality metrics related to inpatient and outpatient controlled substance operations. The employee works independently under the Associate Chief of Pharmacy Operations and in collaboration with the Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisors and keeps them apprised of trends/problems within a variety of controlled substance and operational programs, including unit dose medication distribution, IV admixture programs, and outpatient dispensing. The employee participates in all Pharmacy Service activities including clinically oriented programs and quality assurance activities and coordinates all functions and activities within these sections to ensure they coincide with other sections and the overall goals and mission of Pharmacy Service. Oversees all aspects of the controlled substance medication use process, including outpatient prescriptions, unit dose, IV, and investigational drugs. Ensures that the facility meets all VA, Joint Commission, DEA, and professional pharmacy standards/regulations/laws as applicable. Establishes, reviews, and implements operational policies and procedures dealing with Schedule II-V drug distribution and control in accordance with manuals, directives, and local policies. Oversees parameters set in automated dispensing cabinets to assure strict accountability for controlled substances and reviews activities in automated dispensing cabinets for compliance with federal regulations/policies/procedures. Keeps exact and detailed records of receipt and distribution of schedule II-V drugs, reconciles order forms with delivery records, and monitors signatures acknowledging receipt of drugs on order forms. Maintains a perpetual inventory for all narcotics and controlled drugs in the vault per VA and DEA regulations. Establishes and enforces physical security measures for all drug storage areas. Properly handles removal of all expired and/or otherwise unusable schedule II-V drugs in a timely fashion according to federal and state laws/regulations. Drafts issue briefs to report loss of controlled substances. Tracks and trends losses of controlled substances through the mail. Accurately performs/coordinates biennial inventory conducted for all DEA registered sites. Serves on local, VISN, or national committees and workgroups as requested. Oversees daily operations and workflow of the inpatient and outpatient controlled substance dispensing. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation Expenses: Not authorized Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
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