Understands the pharmacy drug distribution process, reads, interprets and reviews verified prescriptions, identifies basic therapeutic problems and communicates back to the pharmacist, selects proper dose form, strength, and quantity of medications, counts, pours, or measures medication into final containers accurately, affixes proper label(s), records required data on the appropriate form, prescription, or order. The pharmacy technician represents the pharmacy in the medical center and is to follow all established hospital and pharmacy service policies and procedures to ensure high quality care of the Veteran. This position assists with pharmacy related duties as assigned by the supervisor or lead pharmacist. Understands the pharmacy drug distribution process, reads, interprets and reviews verified prescriptions, identifies basic therapeutic problems and communicates back to the pharmacist, selects proper dose form, strength, and quantity of medications, counts, pours, or measures medication into final containers accurately, affixes proper label(s), records required data on the appropriate form, prescription, or order. After a final check by a pharmacist, dispenses medications, compounded sterile products, or other products to patients, health care providers, or other approved individuals according to hospital policy. For unit-dose medications, reads and interprets medication orders, selects the appropriate product at the proper strength and dosage form, prepares unit doses or ward stock items, transports medications and pharmacy products to appropriate locations in patient care areas, wards, or clinics. Inventories and replenishes emergency carts, anesthesia trays, or other medication kits based on drug supply. Understands the pneumatic tube system and medications that can be tubed to areas and limits of this system for medication delivery. Facilitates quality control in the pharmacy by performing secondary reviews of doses prepared by other technicians or other staff as requested. Documents activities as required by VA handbook or directive for pharmacy activities such as cleaning or unit dose filling. Facilitates pharmacy workload by independent functioning to accomplish the distribution activities of the pharmacy. Knowledge of the basic inventory process, assists with inventory by reading par levels for pharmacy products, creating suggested orderable items for procurement, communicate issues to procurement staff, puts order away as requested, uses appropriate PPE when handling medications, facilitates inventory management for both inpatient and outpatient services. Understands and operates pharmacy automated equipment such as Optifill, Omnicell, Kitcheck, and others. Monitors and provides service to automated equipment including but not limited to daily or monthly cleaning, resolution of common hardware or software issues, knowledge of process to communicate unusual equipment issues to biomed, vendors, automation technicians, and supervisors for resolution, recording and communicating repair information for appropriate record keeping. Monitors automated system for alerts, supply levels, and failures. Knowledgeable in replacing materials used in automated equipment such as ribbons, labels, or paper. Able to re-boot systems after power outages or for software re-set. Able to function within the system to process prescriptions or unit dose medications. Understands basic applications in pharmacy information systems. Able to operates VA software applications as they relate to job performance such as TMS, VATAS, CPRS for TIP line, and others. Understands the basic elements of using these software systems in order to accomplish the technician function in the application. Understands non-sterile pharmacy compounding procedures, follows USP 795, 797 and 800 standards in the performance of hand hygiene, donning PPE, product preparation by master formulation record, and documentation requirements for compounds in the compounding record. Able to transport non-sterile or sterile compounded products. In addition, able to recognize hazardous drugs and follows appropriate PPE to prepare, dispense, or transport hazardous pharmaceuticals according to USP 797 and 800 standards. Under supervisor recommendation may participate in sterile compounding after certification. Ensures the physical pharmacy space and all equipment is maintained and cleaned as directed by manufacturer instruction, pharmacy policy, or as needed for continual readiness for optimal drug preparation and distribution. Continual surveillance for pharmacy cleanliness and readiness for inspections such as EOC, TJC, OIG, etc. Understands the pharmacy phone line and requirements for documentation in the medical record. Work Schedule: Rotating shifts including but not limited to 7:00 am-3:30 pm; 8:00 am-4:30 pm; 9:00 am-5:30 pm, and all other shifts deemed necessary based on the needs of the service. Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not required Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.