This position is located in the Inpatient Pharmacy section of the Pharmacy Service at the West Haven Campus. Pharmacy technicians perform routine pharmacy functions under the supervision of a pharmacist. All pharmacy distributive functions are performed according to VHA, VA Connecticut, and Pharmacy Service policies and procedures to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical services in a timely fashion to meet the needs of our patients and medical center staff. GS-06 Pharmacy Technician - Inpatient duties include but or not limited to: Preparing medications by reviewing orders, pick lists, restock lists for dispensing in medication carts, automated dispensing cabinets or for delivery. Performing final review of unit dose medications (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit dose carts). Restocks automated dispensing cabinets according to policy by scanning medications upon refill as an added safety feature. Emptying return bins per established schedule. Assisting customers at the pharmacy window and answers the telephone. Responding to inquiries to best of technical expertise and refers any complex questions to a pharmacist. Operating, maintaining and cleaning complicated pharmacy equipment. Additionally, logs any equipment dysfunction or failure and alerts supervisor and/or pharmacist in charge. Using pharmacy technology to prepack medications for unit dose dispensing. Prioritizing daily tasks based on importance, urgency (e.g. stroke protocol), and pharmacist requests in a timely manner to assure quality patient care. Reviewing requests for missing doses for appropriateness and reports unusual trends or issues to the supervisor or pharmacist in charge. Handling and dispensing investigational drugs as needed per facility policy and procedure. Preparing outpatient prescriptions from a variety of sources (e.g., clinic, ER, discharge) for dispensing. Final check is done by the pharmacist. Assures that the correct medication or supply, quantity, auxiliary labels and any pertinent patient instructions/information are included. Compounding sterile and nonsterile products by interpreting the provider'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 compounding process; and supplying the product for delivery. Compounding low and medium risk compounded sterile products (CSP), including chemotherapeutic agents, according to current pharmaceutical practice standards (ie. USP Chapter 797) to be delivered in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringe, etc. Using either standard protocols or established guidelines to determine an accurate expiration date and/or beyond use date for each batch compounded. Consistently displaying competence with good compounding practices and sterile technique through competency assessments as detailed by current pharmaceutical practice standards, demonstration and, actual work performance. This includes following protocols for personal protective equipment and hand hygiene. Preparing and dispensing all medication orders and requests for controlled substances using VISTA and follows VA policies and DEA rules and regulations. Receiving new stock and returned stock into inventory by ensuring the accuracy of controlled drug records. c. Conducting regularly scheduled inventories per policy and interacts with controlled substance inspection officials. Work Schedule: Primarily 7:00AM-3:30PM, 7:30AM-4PM, 8:00AM-4:30PM, includes rotating weekends, nights, and holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This announcement is currently open to Current, Permanent Other Federal Agency Employees and US Citizens. If you are a Current, Permanent VACT Employee or a Current, Permanent VA Nationwide Employee please apply to Job Announcement # CBTD-11170058-21-EF
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