The VA Central California is currently recruiting for full time permanent or temporary Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient & Outpatient) position with Pharmacy Service, located at the Fresno Division. The Pharmacy Technician functions in various areas of the pharmacy, e.g., inpatient & outpatient pharmacy, various storage areas, offices and patient care areas, under the supervision of the outpatient or inpatient pharmacy supervisor, depending upon the area of administrative assignment of the incumbent or a registered pharmacist in the absence of a pharmacy supervisor. Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services within the pharmacy department. This position involves providing services related to inpatients and/or ambulatory patients. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: Sterile Product Compounding 1. This technician prepares sterile intravenous admixtures, parenteral nutrition, sterile irrigation, chemotherapy and other IV preparation under the direction of a pharmacist. 2. Applies rigid aseptic techniques in preparing sterile solutions by following guidance from ASHP's instruction to handle sterile solutions, and use filtering apparatus, transferring devices, and containers for storing sterile products appropriately. 3. Selects and measures appropriate ingredients needed to manufacture and IV or Total Parenteral Nutrition. Mixes the ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspects the final product for accuracy, suitability and elegance, labels the product, maintains records of manufacturing process, obtains appropriate pharmacist signatures prior to delivery. Unit Dose Medication Management 1. Performs final review of medication (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas ( unit dose carts), and/or fills unit dose carts independently without secondary review. 2. Inventories and replenishes Point Of Care machines without a second review. 3. Inventories and replenishes emergency crash cart trays. Bulk/Extemporaneous Compounding 1. Responsible for preparing all products requiring compounding, which are made in large batches for more than one patient or are made in small batches to fill a single prescription or drug order. 2. This involves interpretation of the physician's order, selecting and measuring appropriate ingredients and mixing ingredients in a safe, effective and sterile manner, inspecting the final product for accuracy, and suitability. Ensure labeling of the product, maintaining records of the manufacturing process, and supplying the product for delivery. 3. Uses either standard protocol or pharmacist judgment to determine an accurate expiration date for each batch prepared. Follows standardized formulas and procedures in weighing, measuring and mixing bulk and individual quantities of routinely used solutions, ointments, or powders. Uses precision balances, filtering equipment, bottles and capping equipment. Mixes ingredients in a safe and sterile manner; inspects the final product for accuracy and suitability. Ensure proper labeling of the product; maintains record of the manufacturing process; and supplies the product for delivery. Outpatient Medication Management 1. When stationed at the outpatient window, incumbent will greet the patient and staff member with a helpful and positive attitude. He/she will answer questions presented and will seek for assistance for clinical questions. Informs patients on correct procedures to obtain new prescriptions, refill prescriptions, or how they can renew expired prescriptions. He or she will advise patients and staff members on the current prescription status (medication profile) as required. Incumbent will hand out filled prescriptions after checking patient's VA identification card and will obtain patient's signature in the electronic signature capture database. 2. Receives, reviews, reconciles, and prioritizes prescriptions. Interprets, and selects medications, counts or measures proper quantities, places drugs in appropriate container, affixes required and appropriate labels and records dispensing information on the medication dispensing record to provide adequate, accurate medications for patients for dispensing by a pharmacist. Work Schedule: Various Schedules Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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