Moses Cone Hospital
Primary Intended Outcome(s):
- The investigational drug service (IDS) technician specialist will be dedicated to supporting pharmacists, pharmacy staff, research investigators, and study coordinators to accomplish goals while maintaining compliance with all standards and regulations.
- Establishing advanced roles for qualifies pharmacy technicians, will allow the pharmacists to focus on optimal care and be averted from drug distributions functions.
As Cone Health’s flagship, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive medical center within our five-county region. A leader in compassionate, quality care our easily accessible 63-acre campus includes a 623- bed community teaching hospital. The campus includes the Women’s and Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital which opened in February 2020. Moses Cone Hospital has a long and illustrious history dating back to 1911. Construction began on the current hospital in 1949, and we admitted our first patient in 1953. Cone Health is a not-for-profit network; “The Network of Exceptional Care” is our trademark. Our commitment to greatness is shared by many employees, physicians, and volunteers. Since our inception, we’ve continued to stay true to our promise to serve our community by delivering exceptional, compassionate healthcare-a mission we continue to honor. We are right here with you.
Advanced Role Description:
As the IDS technician specialist, expected responsibilities will include: managing the clinical investigational drug inventory/receipt/return/destruction; providing technical direction and assistance with the protocols; performing drug distribution functions; maintaining and assisting with record keeping; performing workload metrics to provide justification of services; delivering education and training; meeting with study monitors; study drug preparation, preparing invoices and conducting billing. This position also requires cross-functional and other duties and responsibilities consistent with the job classification. The IDS technician specialist job responsibilities also include working with principal investigators, research coordinators, and study sponsors providing services that include: investigational drug ordering and receiving; maintaining drug inventory and patient dispensing records; ensuring secure storage; labeling and packaging of study drug for patient use; randomization; drug destruction; and billing. All of this done under the supervision of a pharmacist.
How to Start:
Starting a new advanced technician position, takes time and commitment. The initiation of an investigational drug service technician specialist position requires deep dedication of the institution. The institution must see the necessity for the position. One of the first steps is to gauge the ability of the hospital and staff to conduct the proposed research. Next, determine the staff needed and present to management and human resources. Once approval is secured, recruit, interview, and hire qualified staff. Provided you have established the necessary components of your program, you need to focus on getting the department in complete compliance with the guidelines. Having a qualified pharmacy technician to do this and an Investigational Drug Service program it is meant to be a service to the community by way of sound advancement.