Lead Retail Pharmacist (Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy


This position reports to the Pharmacy Manager.  The Lead Pharmacist is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the pharmacy department. In addition, the Lead Pharmacist provides pharmaceutical care to patients as a staff pharmacist as needed. This position will assist the Pharmacy Manager to assure all legal, regulatory, and accrediting requirements are maintained at the best demonstrated practice. Maintain a professional presence throughout the hospital.  Assure pharmacy services and activities are carried out to meet goals and standards of both Cardinal Health and the client/hospital.

In the absence of the Pharmacy Manager, the Lead Pharmacist will assume the essential responsibilities and perform the duties of the Pharmacy Manager.


  • Perform as Staff Pharmacist as needed
  • Supervise pharmacists and pharmacy supportive personnel
  • Maintain schedules for staff
  • Assist with updating a pharmacy Policy and Procedure manual for the department
  • Meet or exceed all Accreditation Bodies (TJC, DNV, CMS, BOP) standards related to pharmacy
  • Assist with the purchase of drugs and supplies in accordance with GPO bids and Cardinal Health best demonstrated practices
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of information systems and other technology applications within the Pharmacy
  • Use Econotherapeutic best practices in formulary and cost control
  • Supervise all drug storage areas in accordance with legal and best demonstrated practice
  • Assist with the pharmacy quality activities
  • Assist with the medication safety program.
  • Achieve acceptable scores on operations assessments/audits (PPA, Regulatory, Accreditation, BOP, etc)
  • Arrange/conduct hospital and pharmacy orientation for new hires within 60 days
  • Assist in the develop and implement a training and competency program for all staff and maintain records of those completed competencies
  • Assist the Pharmacy Manager with the pharmacy budget and all aspects related to the financial program.
  • Reconcile financial information and communicate on a timely basis
  • Perform MUE and report results in committee meetings
  • Assure adequate control and documentation of controlled substances
  • Has Power of Attorney to order Schedule II drugs
  • Ensure documentation for all drug recalls
  • Attends and participates in departmental meetings, in-services, and quality improvement programs
  • Maintains all required training and education per department requirements (e.g. HealthStream, myLearning, Continuing Education)
  • Adheres to departmental policies and procedures.  Complies with all requirements related to risk management, safety, security, fire, and infection control.  Complies with all applicable state, local and federal regulations


  • Maintains safety-integrity-professionalism of pharmacy at all times
  • Provide in-services to staff 
  • Monitor acquisition and renewal of all pharmacy licenses and permits and staff licenses
  • Supervise monthly medication area inspections and have supporting documentation
  • Conducts periodic staff meetings
  • Perform special projects as requested


  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize
  • Supervisory skills
  • Pharmacist skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Stress Management skills


  • Current license to practice Pharmacy in state and maintains all required CE
  • Graduate of college of Pharmacy accredited by ACPE or equivalent
  • Previous hospital pharmacy experience and retail pharmacy experience is preferred
  • Training and proficiency in age specific therapies for hospital patients
  • Neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and/or geriatric


  • Customer oriented at all times - must be diplomatic
  • Manage diverse workforce
  • Pressure to perform in emergency situations
  • Overall decision-making responsibility
  • Constant interruptions
  • Ability to handle multiple projects