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Specialty Practice Pharmacist – Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy

08 Feb 2023 9:58 AM | Shelley Warnock (Administrator)

Specialty Practice Pharmacist – Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Amanda Hafford, PharmD, MS –

Scope of Position

In cooperation with physicians, advanced practice providers, nursing and other health care providers, acts as a resource and provides answers to drug information questions pertaining to OPAT and complex oral antimicrobial therapy. Participates in the ambulatory management of patients receiving OPAT and/or complex oral antimicrobial therapy for patients of the Infectious Diseases Care in McCampbell Outpatient Care clinic. Participates in appropriate hospital and/or departmental committees relevant to practice area, specifically antimicrobials.

Position Summary

This position functions to coordinate all aspects of patients' pharmaceutical needs related to OPAT and complex oral antimicrobial therapy. Duties include but are not limited to: proactively participating in patient clinic visits in the OPAT/infectious diseases outpatient clinic; assurance of appropriate dose, route, frequency and duration of therapy; patient medication profile review for drug-drug interactions, duplication of therapy, drug allergy interactions and appropriate regimens; ordering and monitoring appropriate labs;  pharmacokinetic monitoring; participates in transition of care rounds; provides antimicrobial therapy pharmacotherapeutic consults; assists in ensuring patient access to medications; and interactions with specialty pharmacies and home infusion pharmacies as applicable. Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served.  Must be able to demonstrate medication dosing and identify pharmaceutical needs relative to the disease process and age.  This position is also responsible for supervising pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and providing educational programs for patients and hospital staff (providers, nurses, medical students, graduate medical education, and pharmacy staff) as applicable. PGY1 and PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency training are preferred.

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