Job Description

Research Pharmacist

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), part of City of Hope, takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

Prepares, compounds, and dispenses investigational drugs provided by the clinical trial sponsor for research studies as well as manages required record-keeping, shipping, ordering, and inventory activities. Ensures the accuracy and integrity of products prior to their delivery to trial subjects. Ensures compliance with all applicable CTCA policies, governmental, and sponsor regulations, laws and policies related to the conduct of trials involving investigational or marketed drugs. Maintains records as required by FDA regulations and legal requirements for investigational drug services. 

Creates SWIs and drug preparation worksheets for the handling of investigational drugs. Creates order sets for each research study in SCM. Reviews all protocols and ensures that all pharmacy staff are trained as it relates to the use of the investigational products or study treatments.  Reads, interprets, and processes orders for investigational drugs. Clarifies orders with prescribers as needed. Accurately dispenses medications and prepares sterile products, following proper aseptic and cytotoxic technique. Oversees the work performed by pharmacy technicians preparing investigational products to ensure that performance standards are maintained and that work is accurate and in accordance with the clinical trial protocol as well as state, federal and organizational regulations.

Serves as a resource to the CTCA research department and investigators in strict adherence to industry sponsored trials and in the development of investigator-initiated studies. Regularly conducts blinded and unblinded monitoring visits with clinical trial sponsors including site selection, site initiation, interim and closeout visits and is responsible for all required investigational drug responsibilities related to a monitoring visit. Assists data management with investigational drug related query resolution. Conducts concomitant medication reviews for all clinical trial patients prior to treatment and throughout the trial with an investigational drug either in person or via medical chart review to avoid drug-drug interactions and protocol deviations and to ensure patient safety. Also attends Site Initiation Visits and sponsor monitor visits; provides patient medication education and is a resource to the investigator and study team.

Experience Required:

  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy (RPh or Pharm D)
  • License in good standing as issued by the relevant State Board of Pharmacy
  • Human Subjects Protection training/certification within 90 days of employment
  • Good Clinical Practice within 90 days of employment

Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years institutional pharmacy experience with oncology related experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with investigational drug studies

We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

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