Technicians are to assist pharmacists as needed. Reads and interprets inpatient and outpatient orders, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications; affixes proper label; and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. After a final check by a pharmacist, dispenses medication in ambulatory care, pass or discharge situations. Inventories and replenishes emergency carts. Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes as required. Operates complicated pharmacy equipment. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention. Assists in total quality improvement activities by participating in medical center and service process assessment and action teams and continually seeks to improve services. Conducts monthly ward inspection of patient care areas. Monitors inventory needs in patient care areas (ward stock/ automatic replenishment). This includes placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves, and removing/replacing outdated items. Assists in other patient care areas as deemed necessary to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services. Assists pharmacist with regularly scheduled inventories and interacts with controlled substance inspection officials. Packages mail prescriptions in the proper containers and follows individual packaging and shipping procedures. Work Schedule: Primarily M-F, weekends and holidays are required. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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