Pharmacy Consultant

Grade 25

New York State has approximately 48 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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Summary of Job Description

As a Pharmacy Consultant, you may participate in health care surveillance through on site inspections of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other health care facilities as part of a survey team to ensure quality and appropriateness of care. You may analyze prescription data to detect diversion of controlled substances; provide pharmacological research and consultation on special projects relating to drugs, pharmacy, and public health concerns; and serve as a liaison between state and federal agencies with regard to controlled substance scheduling. You may provide presentations, as well as written and verbal responses, to healthcare professionals regarding prescription controlled substance laws and regulations; as well as assist in the development of controlled substance policies, regulations and laws. You may assist in the development of clinical criteria for drug utilization review programs; perform clinical reviews of medication histories for retrospective therapeutic drug monitoring programs; conduct reviews to identify aberrant utilization patterns or cases and intervene when warranted; assist in the direction of contractor's pharmacy staff; and assist in the development and implementation of program legislative and policy changes impacting EPIC drug coverage.

Pharmacy Consultants may also develop, implement and evaluate Medicaid pharmacy legislative and regulatory changes, policies and programs; interpret Medicaid payment rules, regulations and policies; access and report on utilization and appropriateness of pharmacy services by Medicaid enrollees; monitor dispensing patterns by providers and the quality of pharmacy services provided. You may assist in the systems management and maintenance of the Medicaid drug formulary files; analyze and report on clinical issues and best practices; and participate in Medicaid drug rebate activities including dispute resolution. Pharmacy Consultants may serve on audit and investigative teams conducting on-site evaluations of pharmacies and perform investigations or audits of pharmacy Medicaid providers for potential overpayment, fraud, waste or abuse.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have a current license and registration to practice pharmacy in New York State and two years of post licensure experience as a pharmacist. Information regarding New York State licensure may be obtained from the State Board for Pharmacy by contacting the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Education Building, 2nd Floor, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234, or by calling (518) 474-3817, or e-mail at Their website address is:

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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