Outpatient Pharmacist

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time


Outpatient Pharmacists are responsible for the preparation, compounding and dispensing of medications according to the laws and regulations governing pharmacists and the practice of pharmacy.  The Pharmacists are responsible for the optimization of drug therapy by identifying, resolving, and preventing drug-related problems and adverse drug events.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.



Level I

  • Appropriately dispenses pharmaceuticals, including sterile products, chemotherapy, biologics, narcotic medications and investigational medications
  • Performs quality checks on prescription orders entered by Pharmacy Technicians; assists Technicians with data entry of prescriptions for complex orders
  • Participates in prior authorization activities with patients’ insurance companies; reviews charts / medical records as needed
  • Consults with patients regarding medication questions / concerns and instructions
  • Reviews and evaluates all physicians’ medication orders for completeness and appropriateness prior to dispensing; consults with physicians and nurses to clarify orders as needed
  • Monitors drug therapy for contraindications, including but not limited to: drug-drug interaction; drug-nutrient interaction; drug-herb interaction; allergies; and the appropriateness of drug and dose
  • Documents and reports clinical interventions in the safety system; detects and reports adverse drug reactions accurately, in a timely manner and per policy
  • Reviews and compares investigational protocols to medication orders for completeness and appropriateness prior to dispensing
  • Performs quality control on medication orders and on prepared medications; performs additional quality control activities including but not limited to refrigerator temperature, clinic stock box and manufacturing logs, code cart, hood cleaning and narcotic accountability records
  • Performs research on best practice for compounding medications; uses available in house resources and conducts own research through other cancer centers as needed
  • Other duties and projects as assigned




All Pharmacists require a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of Pharmacy and must be licensed to practice pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Level I:                  1 to 3 years of hospital pharmacy or retail pharmacy experience is required


  • Communicates in a professional manner with others inside and outside the department (i.e. patients, providers, other institutions)
  • Works effectively as a member of a unit team and cross functional teams
  • Has working knowledge of and is able to use all technology required to perform primary job functions
  • Prioritizes and adapts to change; accepts additional responsibilities based on the changing needs of the work setting
  • Performs pharmaceutical calculations accurately when necessary
  • Utilizes references and/or drug information sources
  • Resolves problems within their scope of practice
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in all areas of clinic practice


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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