Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services related to ambulatory patients. Pharmacy Technicians typically carry out the full range of technical support functions which include but are not limited to; processing and filling outpatient prescriptions for scheduled and nonscheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices, over-the-counter products and supply items; preparation and distribution of ward stock items; Unit Dose Medication Management: 1) Inventories and replenishes emergency carts for pharmacist review. 2) Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment. 3) 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. 4) Assists in quality improvement activities by participating in medical center and service process assessment and action teams and continually seeks to improve services. 5) Responsible for the ward stock replenishment of oral, injectable and other medications into the Omnicell, and management of ward stock outdates. 6) Completes monthly ward inspections to ensure approved ward stock drugs are properly stored. Sterile Product Compounding 1) Responsible for manufacturing low and medium risk parenteral admixtures to be delivered in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringe, etc. 2) This involves interpretation of the physician's order, selecting and measuring appropriate ingredients, mixing ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspecting the final product for accuracy, suitability and elegance, labeling the product, maintaining records of the manufacturing process and supplying the product for delivery. 3) Consistently displays competence with good manufacturing practices and sterile technique through demonstration, actual work performance and mandatory annual recertification. 4) Follows all procedures for maintaining annual competency, handwashing, glove box or IV room cleaning and certification, and use and disposal of appropriate PPE. Controlled Substances 1) Responsible for preparing and filling all inpatient and outpatient orders and requests for controlled substances. 2) Receives new stock and returned stock into inventory and ensures the accuracy of controlled drug records. 3) Conducts regularly scheduled inventories and cooperates with controlled substance inspection officials. 4) Monitors and analyzes orders and distribution patterns to identify questionable circumstances or unusual trends. Communicates potential problems to supervisor. 5) Provides controlled substance training for technicians, pharmacists, inspectors, students, etc. Outpatient 1) Prepackages tablets, capsules, liquids and ointments. 2) Courteously receives prescriptions and refill requests from veterans at the outpatient window and over the telephone. Answers telephone calls. Has the ability to answer routine inquiries from doctors, nurses and other professional staff. Directs more complex questions to the pharmacist on duty. 3) Reviews eligibility of veterans for window medication requests as required. 4) Opens mail separating refills and new prescriptions for processing by the appropriate personnel 5) Processes refill requests in the computer. 6) Prefills prescriptions for dispensing by a pharmacist. 7) Packs and wraps prescription and medical supplies for mailing to patients when volunteers are unavailable. 8) Collects, processes, tabulates and maintains information for the Pharmacy Ward Stock. 9) Participates in pharmacy's Quality Management program as assigned. Inventory Management 1) Involved in inventory management as required; specific duties vary by duty station. Work Schedule: 8 hours work schedule varies based on service needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599495800
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.