The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC), Philadelphia, PA has an immediate opening for a Pharmacy Technician. The Pharmacy Technician acts as a representative of the Pharmacy Service in a variety of pharmacy related functions within the Medical Center. This position functions both in the Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy settings, as well as other areas throughout the VA Medical Center as deemed appropriate for patient care and service needs. Duties includes but not limit to: - Collects, trends and reports drug use evaluation (DUE) data for quality improvement purposes as required. Actively assists in quality improvement activities by participating in Medical Center and service-level process assessment and action teams and continually seeks to improve services. - Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the Clinical Pharmacist (CP) to the possible need for clinical intervention. - Assists with inventory management and procurement of medicines, monitors inventory and relays information to the Pharmacy procurement staff. This also includes placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves as required, and removing/replacing outdated items and notifying procurement for replacement. - Provides training to new or existing Pharmacy staff to ensure competencies are developed and maintained. - Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measurements for the amount of drug or solution to be used/dispensed. - Possesses an advanced technical knowledge of drug and medication brand names, generic/chemical names, general and special storage requirements, expiration date requirements, manufacturer and distributor sources, dosage forms, applicable systems of weights and measures. - Performs all the duties of lower graded technicians, as required. Outpatient Pharmacy Assignments for the Outpatient Pharmacy service area will include, but are not limited to: prescription order filling, pharmacy phone calls triage, window prescription dispensing, controlled substance vault assignments, automation management or other areas that may develop from patients' pharmacy needs. Inpatient Pharmacy Assignments for the Inpatient Pharmacy service area will include, but are not limited to: intravenous (IV) admixture preparation, unit-dose medication filling and transfer to patient specific carts, automated dispensing cabinets, ward stock replenishment, pharmacy phone calls triage, or other areas that may develop from patients' pharmacy needs. Outpatient Pharmacy: Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains appropriate medication(s) or material(s) in the correct strength and dosage form; determines appropriate amount and accurately counts, pours or measures the medications; affixes proper label(s); and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. After a final check by a CP, dispenses medication in ambulatory care or discharge situations. Relays patients' questions requiring professional judgment to the CP. Performs duties involved in all facets of outpatient distribution which includes mailing either by USPS or contracted courier (i.e., UPS). Assists Veterans with processing of medication requests, changing address, and tracking shipped medications. Provides procedural information to Veterans concerning Pharmacy services, for example prescription refills, phone system, and My HealtheVet. Assists Veterans in tracking orders processed for mail by the Consolidated Mail-Out Pharmacy (CMOP), submits quality assurance (QA) reports and cancels transmitted prescriptions at the request of CP. Performs all required duties pertaining to the outpatient prescription pick up window area including, but not limited to, verifying Veteran's identification, dispensing of controlled and non-controlled substances and medical supplies. Serves as a liaison between Pharmacy Service and Health Resource Center Patient Centered Call Center (HRC PCCC). Accesses the HRM web based portal to resolve patient issues. Inpatient Pharmacy: Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains appropriate medication(s) or material(s) in the correct strength and dosage form; determines appropriate amount and accurately counts, pours or measures the medications; affixes proper label(s); and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. After a final check by a CP, dispenses medication to inpatient areas (unit-dose carts), ward stock, and automated dispensing cabinets. Assists with inventories and replenishes emergency carts and other specialized kits. Maintains, verifies, stocks, and replaces outdated medications in automated dispensing cabinets. Utilizes aseptic technique at all times when preparing pharmaceuticals for parenteral administration. Maintains technical knowledge of equipment and supplies used in preparing IV admixtures including, but not limited to horizontal laminar flow hoods, admixing pumps, needles, syringes, various drug reservoirs, etc. Works to assure compliance with current USP 797 standards. Work Schedule: Rotating tour; Monday-Friday with Rotating Weekends and Holidays based on the needs of the service and as determined by management 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.