The Clinical Pharmacy Technician (CPT) serves as a representative of the Pharmacy Service in a variety of positions throughout the Medical Center. The CPT is a certified professional that performs technical support work in support of the pharmacy program under the direction of a registered pharmacist. Adequate stock of pharmaceuticals and supplies for the areas assigned is maintained by communicating with the procurement personnel for items that are below par levels or out of stock. Usage of medications is monitored, and par levels are adjusted accordingly. In addition, out of stock medications are communicated to the pharmacy supervisors and procurement staff at the time of discovery so that arrangements can be made to prevent delays in patient care. All pharmacy areas are maintained according to facility and service level policies (e.g., separate areas for high alert medications, proper disposal of corrugated cardboard, etc.). Assigned monthly ward inspections are thoroughly and consistently performed within established timeframe, including inspection of investigational drug areas, if assigned. Recalled drugs are properly returned to Pharmacy Service, segregated, and secured to prevent redispensing. Outdated, deteriorated, and damaged medications are disposed of in the appropriate pharmaceutical waste containers or placed inside the return bin for credit processing according to policy and procedures for reverse distribution. Stock is rotated as necessary to utilize the shortest expiration date items first. Patient medications brought into the hospital are processed according to policy and procedures as evidenced by supervisor review or report of incidents received by the supervisor. Prior to releasing medications or supplies for window pick up, the correct identity of the patient or patient's representative is verified by using at least two patient identifiers as evidenced by supervisor review or reports of incidents received by the supervisor. Medication variances (actual and close call) and adverse drug reactions are documented and reported per policy by completing the appropriate documentation tool in a timely and accurate manner as evidenced by reports received by the supervisor. Assists the Controlled Substance Inspectors during controlled substance inspections. Assists the Section Supervisor in reverse distributor activities, including preparation of documents, inventorying of items, and adjudication between the Electronic Medical Record report and the physical count during the intake process. Prepares and completes all reports in a thorough and timely as assigned and submitted to the Supervisor by the determined deadline. Establishes and maintains controlled substance inventories at proper par levels and performs optimization of controlled substances stored in dispensing cabinets in order to maintain proper par levels and stock. Work Schedule: 0700-1530 M-F Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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