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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

Position Description

 

INTRODUCTION :
The incumbent serves as a Pharmacy Technician for the Pharmacy Department at the designated IHSC Medical Facility.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Performs all duties related to preparation and dispensing of medication orders.
2. Reads individual prescriptions and determines the name of the drug, strength, and dosage of drugs to be dispensed. Correlates instructions on the prescription with pharmacy policy limitations and notes such on the prescription.
3. Sets up prescriptions by obtaining the correct drug stock, counting the correct amount of medication, and placing this medication in smaller containers. After the prescription has been filled, all contents and the label are set aside in order for a final check by a registered pharmacist.
4. Consults with the MD or clinical pharmacist directly to clarify a prescription problem. This indicates that the tech has the knowledge and experience to recognize a problem in which a physician or clinical pharmacist must be contacted to clarify or change a medication order. R
5. Required to use judgment and experience to determine when the pharmacist is to be immediately alerted to a therapeutic problem.
6. When the technician is asked to act on dispensing instructions from a prescription, they can act and prioritize the requests.
7. The technician has sufficient experience with the type of requests and their critical nature to be able to know when to proceed and when to immediately alert the pharmacist for follow-up.
8. Sets up medications needed for new orders and arranges for a pharmacist to check all preceding steps.
9. Receives supplies and checks receipts against requisitions.
10. Checks for shortages, breakage, deterioration and expiration dates. Discrepancies found are reported to the pharmacist.
11. Performs computer entry of vouchers or invoices into various program applications for monitoring pharmacy expenditures and generating reports. Determines appropriate stock levels as well as the critical nature of different drugs and the consequences of being short on these supplies.
12. Consults with the pharmacist to prevent inventory problems and prepares requisitions accordingly.
13. Withdraws outdated drugs, determines proper disposition (destruction or credit returns) and prepares necessary paper work to initiate proper action.
14. Places supply orders through mandatory government and non-government sources. This includes data entry into computer applications for figuring the total dollar value and generating a quarterly report, and determine the kind of packaging and shipping required for such items.
15. Makes necessary changes to quantities requested depending on stock levels to avoid total depletion and notifies the pharmacist of any discrepancies found in the requisition.
16. Packages bulk drugs, which include liquids, tablets, capsules, ointments and creams, etc. into specific quantities and various size containers.
17. In order to repackage the various forms of drugs, operates various types of equipment such as tablet and capsule counting machines and labeling machines.
18. Records all prepackage information including lot number, expiration date, manufacturer, current date, initials (incumbent), and sets them aside for final check by a registered pharmacist.
19. On a daily basis checks the medicine cabinet and all areas of the clinic where night pharmacy service is available. Responsible for refilling any missing pharmacy drugs or supply items used during the night.
20. Inspects and logs the temperature of all refrigerators that contain any type of pharmaceutical.
21. As directed, or in conjunction with the pharmacist, conducts orientations, for new staff, to the pharmacy section of the clinic.
22. Keeps staff appraised of changes in protocols, drug recalls, etc. that may affect patient safety.
23. Utilizes a personal computer to enter and tabulate data for the monthly workload record.
24. Manipulates data spreadsheet software in order to provide statistical analysis of the workload. Prepares quarterly reports, which identify trends in usage, peculiarities, and discrepancies.
25. Collects daily as required or works with the pharmacist to provide workload data, tabulates onto workload sheets, prepares figures for entry into a statistical program, and enters data into that program.
26. Is familiar with the statistical program that has been designed specifically for this location as well as others for basic spreadsheet capabilities and uses standard techniques.
27. Is fully familiar with all aspects of the program to include adding new patients, doctors, and drugs to the databases as well as editing prescriptions and querying the program for data related to drug usage and workload statistics.
28. Adds new patients to the pill line and updates current patients when orders are renewed. Prepares computer generated medication administration record (MAR) for patients on the pill line.
29. Adds new patients to the Isoniazid tuberculosis prophylaxis directly observed therapy (DOT) list (if separate from the regular pill line).
30. Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
1. Work assignments range in difficulty from simple repetitive tasks requiring no special knowledge or skills to assignments requiring the application of an intensive knowledge of (1) pharmaceutical nomenclature, (2) formulas, strengths, and dosage forms of drugs; (3) pharmaceutical systems of weights and measures; (4) operation and care of a variety of pharmaceutical equipment; (5) receipt, storage, and order of pharmaceuticals, bulk compounding, preparation of sterile solutions, and setting up prescriptions for a final check by a pharmacist.
2. Knowledge of computer entry, ability to work with and analyze numbers. Knowledge and dexterity with computer application programs to facilitate management operations in a clinical environment.
3. Maintain current CPR certification.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
1. The incumbent is directly responsible to the supervisory pharmacist. Work is performed independently according to existing guidelines and procedures.
2. Administrative oversight is provided by the HSA.
3. Overall clinical oversight is provided by the clinical director
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
1. Lifting and carrying a moderate amount of weight up to 45 lbs,
2. Reaching above the shoulders.
3. Standing for extended periods of time (6-8 hours).
4. Performing repeated bending and possesses complete usage of legs, feet, hands, fingers, ears and eyes with or without an appropriate aid or prosthetic device.