Inpatient Pharmacy Technician
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• Select & prepare medications & pharmaceutical products by name & dosage listed on physician's order, place merchandise in proper container w/ correct label, make required notations & initials physician's orders
• Review physician's orders & patient medical record in order to determine whether allergies, sensitivities and/or reactions have been documented
• Assure allergy/sensitivity information is recorded on patient medication profile
• Alert pharmacist when prescribed medications may be contraindicated due to drug allergies, sensitivities, or interactions as indicated by information systems
• Fill unit dose mediation cassettes from patient medication administration records by dispensing the appropriate supply through calculations based on dosage, strength & frequency of administration; perform substitution of drug equivalents through knowledge of generic, trade, chemical drug names & approved therapeutic equivalents; reviews medication administration record for appropriateness (i.e., drug entry, dosing frequency & documentation of administration), & advises appropriate licensed personnel of discrepancies
• Maintain pharmacy inventory in designated areas; review pharmacy inventory for medications to be returned (i.e., expired products, deteriorated products, illegible labels, etc)
• Assist the pharmacist in preparation, distribution, & record-keeping of controlled substances, i.e., narcotics, hypnotics, barbiturates, etc (Class II, III, IV, V), governed by federal & state law
• Demonstrate the ability to distinguish controlled substances on physician's orders
• Prepare required pharmacy products; use mathematical calculations & conversions from apothecary & avoirdupois to metric system
• Prepare pharmacy products through an understanding of physical characteristics of medications, which require special packaging or handling
• Prepare sterile admixture products, such as intravenous piggybacks, large volume parenterals, syringes, chemotherapy, & bulk manufactured products using techniques governed by aseptic parenteral admixture policies & procedures
• Operate & maintain specialized pharmacy equipment (such as automated dispensing devices, IV compounding pumps, & unit dosing machines), cleaning, & performing periodic checks & adjustments
• Chart all scheduled maintenance designed to ensure sterility according to protocol
• Participate in the preparation, documentation, & scheduling of drug therapy for non-hospitalized patients
• Assist or perform the duties of the inventory control assistant/stock clerk to prioritize & maintain maximum work flow in the pharmacy
• Assist in medical office stocking-to-standards by organizing, replenishing stock, & preparing monthly recharges & credits
- Must possess current California Pharmacy Technician (CPT) registration
- Must pass DEA clearance
- Working knowledge of current drug dosage forms, drug strengths, generic & trade name traditional and equivalents, & aseptic technique
- Federal & state laws/ regulations regarding the provision of pharmaceutical services
- Ability to prepare sterile IV products
- Learn & willingness to prepare chemotherapeutic agents
- Ability to learn & willingness to prepare chemotherapeutic agents in locations where chemotherapy agents are prepared
- Read, understand, & transcribe pharmaceutical information
- Type medication labels
- Learn & operate pharmacy computer system & other equipment
- Require working knowledge of & the ability to become proficient in, the pharmacy computer system
- Proficiency in oral & written English communication skills
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time, & communicate w/ co-workers & patients
- Light to moderate carrying, pulling, pushing, walking, bending, stooping & reaching
- Ability to lift/transport 1-50 lbs, frequently bend, stoop, & reach