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Inpatient Pharmacy Technician

Primary Location Fontana, California Job Number 1086171 Date posted 07/29/2022
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Under direction of a licensed pharmacist, transcribe abbreviated & symbolized information from physician's orders onto patient medication profile through manual & computer entry.  Select & prepare medications, pharmaceutical products, including intravenous admixtures; assist in dispensing & distribution of unit dose medications. Maintain pharmacy merchandise; review medication cassettes for returned medication; maintain pharmacy equipment; types unit dose & intravenous admixture labels; transports pharmacy merchandise. 

Essential Functions:

• Review physician orders for completeness; transcribes appropriate information through computer order entry to generate patient medication profile by using pharmaceutical/ medical terminology, symbols, & abbreviations

• 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

Basic Qualifications:
- 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
Primary Location: California,Fontana,Fontana Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 20 Shift: Variable Workdays: variable Working Hours Start: 12:01 AM Working Hours End: 11:59 PM Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: B05|USW|Local 7600 Job Level: Individual Contributor Specialty: Pharmacy Technician Department: Fontana Medical Center - New - Inpatient Pharmacy-1 - 0801 Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.