Responsible for performing the technical tasks involved with the storage, distribution, packaging and labeling of drugs. Assists pharmacists in preparing and distributing medications, maintaining the drug inventory, maintaining patient records, and completing required documentation of work. Works under the direct supervision of the pharmacist, must have an excellent working knowledge of drug names, dosages, dosage forms and the procedures for the preparation and calculation of dosage forms
Accurately fills, delivers, and maintains medications, floor stock, automated drug cabinets (ADCs), exchange carts, emergency trays, or other drug distribution systems. Assists the pharmacist with labeling, preparing,and delivery of medication requests for all areas of the hospital including but not limited to inpatient, outpatient, Operatiing Room, and ancillary patient care areas. Demonstrates knowledge and use of various computer systems and delivery, exchange, data surveillance and report generation, and pick-up procedures involving the drug distribution process. Fills ADC's and patient care areas controlled substances stock. Understands and adheres to policies and procedures for controlled substances handling, waste, and accountability. Understands and performs all operational aspects of ADC's and drug preparation technology and systems. Performs inventory of assigned work area and alert pharmacy buyer with entry in stock book of items needed for order. Reviews stock periodically for outdated medications with removal of outdated stock as required. Accurately repackages bulk medication in unit of use packages following departmental procedure. Labels medications in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements. Performs necessary calculations to prepare and package medications. Participates with inventory management and notifies pharmacy buyer or pharmacy manager of stock-outs or other inventory issues. Prepares intravenous admixtures, chemotherapy, or other sterile preparations under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, utilizing aseptic technique according to USP 797 standards. Maintains adherence to IV Room cleaning procedures and medication documentation requirements. Accurately performs calculations required for dose preparation and handling. Completes all monthly and periodic medication storage area inspections and audits. Routinely checks for and removes/replaces expired or soon to expire stock as per established procedures. Accurately completes all data collection maintaining logs, records, and other required documentation. Generates reports, pick lists, and labels as required. Adheres to regulatory compliance standards of DNV, NJ Board of Pharmacy, Drug Enforcement Agency, Food and Drug Administration, etc. with respect to medication and controlled substances handling, storage, security, and documentation. Participates with the education, training, and orientation of students, pharmacy residents, and new employees. Prepares C.P.R. trays and approved medication kits to ensure that all required medications are present and in the proper quantity, review of all items for outdated drugs, securing and dating of the contents after the contents are checked and signed off by a Pharmacist. Answers the telephone directing calls to the appropriate personnel. Answers requests at the window and makes STAT deliveries to patient care areas when requested. Meets all required competencies for department, unit and/or hospital. Responsible for performing all other duties as assigned.
Work requires a High School diploma or equivalent, Associate's degree preferred, hospital pharmacy experience preferred. Certification by an organization recognized by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy required, new hires have one year from date of hire to become certified. Registration by the Board of Pharmacy as a Registered Pharmacy Technician required. Ability to perform work accurately with attention to detail within specified time periods. Ability to handle and adapt to frequent directives, interruptions, and changes in workload and work schedule.