Pharmacy technicians function in various areas of the pharmacy, e.g. inpatient pharmacy, outpatient pharmacy and other patient care areas, under the supervision of the Outpatient or Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor or a registered pharmacist in the absence of a pharmacy supervisor. Pharmacy technicians typically carry out the full range of technical support functions including filling outpatient prescriptions and filling inpatient unit dose medication orders, but are not limited to: A. Outpatient Pharmacy Performs duties involved in all facets of outpatient medication distribution which includes use and care of automation (i.e. Script Pro) for prescription filling. Interprets physician orders or prescriptions to determine the kind of medication, strength and dosage to be dispensed. Obtains the correct medication, counts, pours or dispenses by automation, the correct amount and places it into the appropriate container. Labels and prepares the contents for a final check by a pharmacist. Packages medication for delivery to the patient in accordance with United Postal and/or shipping company (i.e. FEDEX) regulations. Uses company software to generate shipping labels. Upon request by a patient, provides procedural information pertaining to obtaining medications from this healthcare system (i.e. how to request a refill). All patient interactions will be performed in a courteous, helpful and friendly manner. B. Inpatient Pharmacy Dispenses unit dose medication to patient's medication cassette or other patient medication storage system(s) used within the medical center. Applies knowledge of the pharmacy VISTA unit dose package to generate pick lists used to fill patient cassettes. Uses pharmacy automation such as Automed Fast Pack, Euclid and Pyxis to support unit dose medication dispensing. Prepares IV admixtures assigned, to include large volume parenterals and "piggybacks". Demonstrates knowledge of aseptic technique and basic calculations. C. Material Management/ Inventory Returns stock medication and supplies to their appropriate areas by the end of each tour of duty. Maintains a clean, orderly workplace and supports prescribed safety practices. Rotates stock, checks for and removes outdated medication. Provides assistance to procurement technicians during times of heavy workload. Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position will be a rotating schedule (including weekends and holidays when necessary) as established by the Chief, Pharmacy Service. Assigned work areas are not restricted to the inpatient or outpatient pharmacies. The incumbent may be assigned to expanded pharmacy service areas as deemed by the chief of pharmacy. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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