Home Infusion Pharmacy

Exploring Home Infusion Pharmacy: Roles, Requirements & Interview Insights

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Home infusion therapy is the delivery of medications, fluids, and nutrients directly to a patient's home through an IV (intravenous) or other infusion device. This type of therapy is typically used for patients who need long-term or complex medication therapy, such as those with cancer, multiple sclerosis, or other chronic conditions. Home infusion pharmacies are typically closed-door pharmacies, which means that they are not open to the public.

There is a growing demand for qualified home infusion pharmacy professionals. Quad Recruitment has built great relationships with home infusion facilities across the country that are looking for talent to join their team. If you are a pharmacy professional looking to break into the world of home infusion, why not reach out to us today to hear what opportunities are available?

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What Does a Home Infusion Pharmacist Do?

A home infusion pharmacist is a pharmacist who specializes in providing medications and therapies to patients in their homes. They work with patients, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients receive the correct medications and that they understand how to administer them safely and effectively.

  • Verifying prescriptions: Home infusion pharmacists verify prescriptions from doctors and other healthcare providers to ensure that they are accurate and complete.
  • Preparing medications: Home infusion pharmacists prepare medications in a sterile environment to ensure that they are safe for patients.
  • Delivering medications: Home infusion pharmacists deliver medications directly to patients' homes, often with the help of a home health care nurse.
  • Monitoring patients: Home infusion pharmacists monitor patients' progress and adjust medications as needed.

What Does a Home Infusion Pharmacy Technician Do?

They assist pharmacists in preparing, delivering, and monitoring medications for patients who receive home infusion therapy.

  • Verify prescriptions from doctors and other healthcare providers.
  • Prepare medications in a sterile environment.
  • Deliver medications directly to patients' homes.
  • Monitor patients' progress and adjust medications as needed.
  • Educate patients and caregivers on how to administer medications and manage their care.

Home Infusion Pharmacist Requirements

Working as a home infusion pharmacist is different from working as a standard retail pharmacist. Because you’re required to operate within patients’ homes, your job is that much more personal and sensitive. As such, it is not typical to work as a home infusion pharmacist if it's your first pharmacist job. These are requirements you need in addition to all the accreditation requirements to becoming a pharmacist.

  • Complete a PharmD program

  • Complete your licensure exams: North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and either the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a jurisprudence exam specific to your state.

  • Need to have worked a clinical or hospital pharmacy position previously

  • Need a demonstrated experience/willingness to engage and interact with patients directly

Why Choose Home Infusion Pharmacy?

Home infusion can be a rewarding career for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients, work with a variety of healthcare professionals, and stay up-to-date on the latest advances in your field.  Other benefits of working in home infusion:

Direct patient care

Work with patients to ensure that they are receiving the correct medications and that they understand how to administer them safely and effectively.

Variety of tasks

Perform a variety of tasks, which can keep your work interesting and challenging.

Continuing education

You are required to complete continuing education credits to maintain your licenses. You are constantly growing and learning.

Competitive salaries

This is due to the high level of expertise and responsibility required for the job.

Home Infusion Pharmacist Interview Questions

Here are a few set of questions that typically get asked in a standard home infusion pharmacist interview. Be prepared with answers to give yourself the best chance at securing the position.

  1. Why do you want this job?

  2. What have you learned from your current pharmacist position?

  3. Why should we hire you for this position?

  4. What do you know about our organization?

  5. Why do you want to work with us specifically?

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