New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Pharmacy Consultant

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Beginning Salary Job Rate
20-973 Pharmacy Consultant G-25 $73,768 $92,974

Appointees will receive an additional $11,000 state-wide annual adjustment.


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Minimum Qualifications

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: Link).


  1. Current licensure and registration to practice pharmacy in New York State is necessary for continued employment as a Pharmacy Consultant. Action will be taken to remove you from your position if you fail to maintain licensure and registration.
  2. Credentials will be reviewed at the time of interview.
  3. All statements made on the application are subject to investigation.
  4. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  5. New York State residence is not required.
  6. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 mandates that surveyors of health facilities complete a training and testing program. The US Department of Health and Human Services has developed the Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test (SMQT) in response to this mandate. Candidates must be aware that in addition to passing this examination for employment, they must also be certified through an appropriate SMQT process to retain certain positions.

The Positions

These positions exist in the New York State Department of Health and in the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and are located in Albany, Buffalo, Central Islip, Hauppauge, New Rochelle, and New York City.

The list established as the result of this examination will be used to fill positions which may be established at additional geographic locations in New York State during the life of the list.

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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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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. The test will consist of an evaluation of your education and experience. Furnish complete information on your examination application NYS APP form to show that you meet the minimum qualifications. Do NOT send resumes. If you need more space, attach additional 8 1/2" x 11" sheets, following the same format used on the application form.

If you meet the Minimum Qualifications you will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. Your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position on the basis of the information you supply in the questionnaire. It is, therefore, essential that you include all pertinent education and experience. Vagueness and omissions will not be interpreted in your favor. Your final score will be based on the rating you receive on the evaluation of education and experience. This questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How to Apply

Where to Apply

Mail your completed application to:

The NYS Department of Health has an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions and will accept applications at any time and will rate applications whenever additional eligibles are needed. It is anticipated that the examinations will be held on a periodic basis throughout the year. For the testing schedule and other information about this examination, write to the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Personnel Management, Room 2217, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237; email:

Eligible List

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination, will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final score, regardless of the date on which they filed for the test. The names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years.

Retest Policy

Qualified candidates may file as frequently as yearly, but a new application is required each time.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 7/12

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