This position is for a Pharmacy Automation, Vault and Clinical Support Technician. The incumbent in this position must be a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Incumbent will provide various technical support services in the pharmacy department and maintain expert knowledge of the pharmacy automation equipment used or provided by pharmacy service. The incumbent in this position is trusted to manage, distribute & account for the controlled substance inventory accurately and with minimal supervision. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/06/2022.Basic Requirements: (a) Experience. One year experience at the next lower level (GS-6). (b) Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade. (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: As indicated in VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28 - Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard. 6. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Federal and State regulations, VHA Directives 1108.01(1) and 1108.02(1) and local policies and procedures regarding controlled substances and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies between these policies and procedures being followed in the vault. 7. Position requires a good working knowledge of the Federal and State regulations and laws that apply to ordering and dispensing Controlled Substances. Incumbent is knowledgeable regarding Pharmacy Service policies concerning drug procurement and security for legal and professional requirements of pharmacy practice. 8. Ability to identify, investigates, rectify and document discrepancies in inventory. 9. Comprehensive knowledge of the Controlled Substance Pharmacy package in VISTA and ability to analyze data in VA information systems. 10. Technical knowledge of drug and medication brand names, generic names/chemical names, general and special storage requirements, expiration date requirements, manufacturer/distributor sources, dosage forms, applicable systems of weights and measures, and medical terminology in order to interpret physicians' orders and verify that the correct drug, dosage form, strength, and dose is prepared and dispensed. 11. Knowledge of filing procedures to avoid excessive accumulation of obsolete materials. 12. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes. Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word so that incumbent can prepare reports and audits as assigned. 13. Knowledge of pharmacy policy and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff. 14. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment, including but not limited to EyeCon, ADC and CII- Safe. 15. Guidelines are in the form of individualized scope of practice statements (authorizations and/or protocols) and written/oral procedures. The technician is expected to exercise appropriate judgment when specific guidelines do not specifically apply and to refer unusual developments to the supervisor or the pharmacist-in-charge. 16. It is a requirement of this position that the employee maintains active certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Refer to VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-28. 8 17. Must be able to obtain and maintain a government vehicle license and operate a government owned vehicle. ["Incumbent provides first line support, maintenance, and basic repairs of area Pharmacy Service automation not under the direct management of OI&T. Pharmacy automation systems include but are not limited to ScriptPro, Pyxis, Veriform, BD Pyxis IV Prep, Talyst, etc. Incumbent fills all clinic orders and outpatient (OP) prescriptions for non-controlled and/or controlled substances accurately and efficiently, double-counting and recording each transaction electronically and manually as necessary. Dispensing actions require 100% accuracy and must be carried out in a timely fashion. Pharmacy Automation: Oversees all operational aspects of the pharmacy automation equipment used or provided by pharmacy service. Equipment includes, but is not limited to: Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs), Prepackaging machine, and Outpatient dispensing machines (ScriptPro, CII- Safe Automated Dispensing System, Eyecon) Provides preventative and routine maintenance/cleaning of machines and equipment per manufacturers recommended schedules. Refills, loads and unload medications to maintain inventory from clinic ADC machines. Maintenance of stock levels, rotation of stock, removal of outdated medications, and record keeping. Controlled Substances Activities: Incumbent provides for the security of controlled substances by controlling access to storage areas, and by ensuring that controlled substances (CS) are always kept in the locked, supervised area, specifically designated for controlled substance storage (hereafter referred to as the \"vault\"). Provides training for pharmacists, interns, technicians, inspectors, students, and others in controlled substance accountability procedures and in proper use of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) Controlled Substance Package, as assigned by the supervisor or designee. Immediately reports any discrepancies to the Controlled Substance Program Manager (CSPM) as well the Pharmacy Supervisors and Program Managers. Monitors and analyzes orders and usage patterns for questionable circumstances or aberrant trends in usage. Performs other assigned duties including, but not limited to, operations of the CII-Safe Automation, World Ship and Endicia as needed to avoid disruption in patient care. Clinical Technician Functions: Transport vaccinations, medications and associated supplies to off-site clinics through the operation of a government vehicle. Vaccinations: Administers, prepare documents, dispense and deliver vaccinations. Assures that each area that is inspected meets established standards for appropriate drug storage conditions including drug security for inspection and accreditation. Outpatient Pharmacy Activities (when assigned): Assembles prescriptions properly with the correct drug, strength, quantity, auxiliary labels and prescription labels. for window dispensing and mail delivery Assures that the correct medication is filled by using bar code scanning on stock bottles Supports automation by manually completing prescriptions not processed through the automation dispensing machine Verifies that the patient receives the correct prescriptions by using VA software (i.e. VISTA and barcode scanning) Customer Service Inpatient Pharmacy Activities (when assigned): Sterile Product Compounding Follows USP 797 Guidelines for the compounding of all sterile preparations, including ophthalmic, cardioplegic, TPN, hazardous, large & small volume IV solutions, PCAs, etc. Correctly interprets physician orders, selects and measures appropriate ingredients, mixes ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspects the final product for accuracy, suitability and elegance, labels the product, maintains records of the manufacturing process and supplies the product for pharmacist verification and delivery. Follows proper aseptic preparation techniques when compounding sterile products. Inventories and replenishes emergency trays. Inspects packaged items for accuracy and suitability before submitting for final check, prior to distribution to hospital areas. 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 for final pharmacist verification. Bulk Compounding and Extemporaneous Compounding Correctly interprets physician orders, selects and measures appropriate ingredients, mixes ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspects the final product for accuracy, labels the product, maintains records of the manufacturing process, and attains a final check by a pharmacist. Work Schedule: The position requires the Pharmacy Technician to be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays. (Hours of Operation contingent on service needs) Incentive: A recruitment / relocation may be approved for well qualified applicants Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Functional Statement Title/#: Pharmacy Technician GS-661-07"]
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