The incumbent serves as an all around assistant to the pharmacist, requiring performance of duties with an understanding of the flow of work, the pharmacy routine and the responsibilities of the Pharmacy programs. Most of the duties are performed according to well-established procedures in the Pharmacy Service of a large medical center, which, in affiliation with Hershey Medical Center, is involved, in many highly diversified and varied programs, specialties and subspecialties. Duties: Utilizes inventory reports to restock medications and supplies in automated dispensing cabinets located on nursing units. Assists in ordering, checking and stocking of medications and supplies, insuring that drug supplies are adequately maintained in sufficient quantities to meet daily usage needs. Properly stores all pharmaceuticals, taking special precautions in handling of hazardous or perishable materials. Uses current pharmaceutical knowledge and technological applications in the preparation and dispensing of medications and supplies for outpatients in the ambulatory care and/or mail out sections, subject to a final check by a pharmacist. Provides technical support for the unit dose medication program. Processes unit dose medication orders and fills unit dose medication cassettes, subject to a final check by a pharmacist or qualified technician. Fills ward orders for a variety of drugs including tablets, capsules, liquids, injections, etc. for wards and clinics and delivers completed orders to the proper areas. Maintains pre-established levels of automatic replenishment ward stock items. 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 to support unit dose dispensing. Prepares all intravenous admixture products, such as hyperalimentation, piggybacks, peritoneal dialysis, etc., utilizing pharmaceutical knowledge and aseptic techniques, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. Enters correct drug, strength, dosage form and quantity into the patient's medication profile (VistA or otherwise) on narcotic and fee basis prescriptions. Prepackages medications in unit of use, or unit dose packaging utilizing automatic equipment. Properly labels, prepacks and completes quality control records. Packages prescriptions for mailing utilizing proper packaging materials required to protect medications from damage during shipping. Properly maintains a log of all Schedule II through V controlled substances shipped by certified mail. Receives and reviews pharmacy dispensing orders for accuracy of information, duplication and authorization in order to process for dispensing. Resolves discrepancies with the pharmacist for further action. Performs final review of medication (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit dose carts) and simple, non-sterile compounds prepared by lower level technicians. Ensures policies and procedures related to the security of patient information (including HIPAA requirements) are strictly applied to their own practice and that of others. Maintains a professional level of conduct when dealing with all customers. Plans and carries out the successive steps in the work assignment independently and applies knowledge of inventory management and pharmacy practice procedures and techniques to resolve problems that occur in handling daily work assignments. The results of the work are reviewed for appropriateness and adherence to policy and requirements. Subject to such controls, day-to-day functions and work assignments are performed with considerable independence. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Tour of duty varies between 7:00 am to 3:30 pm; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; and 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Every 4th weekend either 7:00 am to 3:30 pm or 3:00pm to 11:00pm. Willing to work weekends and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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