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. The CPT performs pharmacy program support functions for one or more pharmacies including but not limited to the main hospital, CLC, and CBOCs. Operations- Medication Stock and Storage - 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 re-dispensing. - Outdated, deteriorated, and damaged medications are disposed of in the appropriate pharmaceutical waste containers or placed inside the return bin for credit processing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. - Packaging supplies are monitored and restocked by alerting procurement staff in a timely manner. - Refrigerators/freezers are monitored daily for adequate temperature control according to facility policies and procedures. Appropriate action is initiated and documented for out-of-range temperature, and problems are resolved in a timely manner to ensure no drug is wasted due to improper storage. - Equipment problems are identified and concerns are brought to the immediate attention of the supervisor and/or Informatics/Automation personnel. Repackaging equipment is monitored daily to ensure safety and effectiveness. Equipment is routinely cleaned and properly maintained and calibrated, according to policies and procedures and/or manufacturer recommendations. - Maintains a safe, clean, uncluttered work area in the storage and dispensing areas. - Prepares items necessary for storage according to policy and requirements. Distribution- Medication Order/Prescription Preparation - Medications, supplies, vaccines, etc. are filled accurately in accordance with current state and federal laws/regulations and are checked and verified by a pharmacist before dispensing to the patient. This includes selecting the correct medication or supply item and dosage form, accurately counting or measuring the quantity to be dispensed, reconstituting, labeling the medication with a barcode, affixing the appropriate auxiliary labels, and completing all necessary documentation per policies and procedures, including making appropriate entries on the pharmacy record and decrementing in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for proper inventory. Potential problems are brought to the attention of a pharmacist and reported to by the supervisor for review in an accurate and timely manner. Controlled Substance Program - All controlled substances are secured at all times according to applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies. Provides security of controlled substances by controlling access to storage areas, and by ensuring that controlled substances are always kept in the locked, supervised area, specifically designated for controlled substance storage as referred to anteroom, vault or cage. - Access to the controlled substance storage areas/cabinets are monitored to ensure adherence to access requirements are consistently followed according to policies and procedures. - Prepares and fills inpatient and outpatient orders and requests for controlled substances Education/Training - Participates in the training and in-servicing for pharmacy technicians as required. - Maintains competency in best practice, medication management, and other areas related to the pharmacy area of practice by participating in staff development programs. - Completes annual competency certifications based on specific activities/functions assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, ranging between 7:00am and 5:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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