This position will work under the supervision of the pharmacist. Performs routine duties in packaging, distribution and record keeping of pharmaceutical supplies. Assists in preparing compounded and intravenous medications, total parenteral nutrition products, and hazardous or chemotherapeutic agents. Consistently demonstrates an ability to assess a situation, consider alternatives, and choose the appropriate course of action. May educate, train, and oversee the activities of the Pharmacy Technician, Technician Externs and Volunteers. Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients.
Selects and/or prepares medications, under direct supervision, as indicated by policy and procedures and batch orders. Places medications in designated area for pharmacist to check, prepares medication orders for delivery to facilities as required. May also maintain databases and troubleshoot automated technology malfunctions.
Understands all regulatory requirements for receiving, compounding, repackaging, distribution, and documentation as a manufacture for controlled substances. Consistently adheres to all storage and inventory movement documentation requirements for controlled substances. Understands and can demonstrate the process for compounding and waste management of controlled substances.
Understands the delivery system and packing requirements (ice blankets, locks, invoice). Attends to customers and answers telephones in a courteous and timely manner. Serves as a liaison between the customer and the pharmacist.
Identifies medications and other items for reorder as necessary to maintain a continuous inventory of medications and supplies. Understand all processes for ordering of supplies and for the fulfillment of orders. Understands and utilizes inventory management technology. Monitors for inventory needs. Monitor for outdated/unusable product for all areas in pharmacy (racks, refrigerators, holding areas). Appropriately rotate inventory and release of holding batches. Appropriately dispose of pharmaceutical waste. Receives and restocks medications ordered through wholesaler and other vendors. Assesses practical ways to deal with shorted items and short-dated or unusable items.
Assists in preparing and labeling of intravenous medications including total parenteral nutrition products and hazardous agents using proper sterile and aseptic technique. Understands and adheres to all applicable USP/cGMP and sterile technique guidelines. Understand the different product lines in sterile compounding (patient specific - TPN and non-patient specific batch) and the differences between the various populations (Adult, Pediatric, Neonate). . Completes all required environmental cleaning procedures. Documents all required tasks and other information per policy. Wears appropriate protective equipment properly (gloves, gowns, etc.). Understands the safe handling of hazardous drugs and demonstrates the correct receipt, storage, labeling, and transport process. Understands the use of preservative-free medications when for specified preparations.
Understand and appropriately operates repackaging equipment, including the labeling program. Can troubleshoot equipment. Understands and adheres to all applicable USP/cGMP and aseptic technique guidelines. Successfully completes all required competencies. Documents all required tasks and other information per policy. Consistently complies with all policies and procedures for quality assurance and patient safety.
Performs and passes all quality control activities such as media-fill and gloved-fingertip. Performs and understands environmental cleaning and testing requirements. Completes documentation on refrigerator temperatures, intravenous hood cleaning, and equipment maintenance activities as required. Coordinates and assists in supervising the work flow of the Pharmacy. Assists with training and ensures adherence to departmental policies and procedures. Assists in scheduling to assure staffing is at appropriate levels. Notify/documents all issues/reported events. Consistently complies with all policies and procedures for quality assurance and patient safety.
Requires pharmacy technician licensure in the state of practice (where applicable). Pharmacy technician certification required.
1-2 years of relative experience.Must possess good organizational, problem solving and computer skills. Must have good written and verbal communication skills for interfacing with all levels of staff, physicians, patients and other contacts. May be required to possess a valid drivers license and be eligible for coverage under the companys auto insurance policy.
Pharmacy technician experience. Knowledge of medication management information system software and automated dispensing systems. Knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing and regulations.
Additional related education and/or experience preferred.