Inpatient Pharmacy Technician (AR-2066)

Kaiser Permanente - Bakersfield, CA (30+ days ago)4.2


Under direction of a licensed pharmacist, transcribe abbreviated & symbolized information from physician's orders to patient' medication profile, through manual & computer entry. Select & prepare medications, pharmaceutical products, & intravenous admixtures, including chemotherapeutic agents. Assist in the dispensing & distribution of medications. Maintain pharmacy merchandise & equipment. Review medication cassettes for returned medication. Types unit dose & intravenous admixture labels. Transport pharmacy merchandise.

Essential Functions:
Review physician orders for completeness; transcribes appropriate information through computer order entry to generate patient medication profile by using pharmaceutical/ medical terminology, symbols, & abbreviations
Select & prepare medications & pharmaceutical products by name & dosage listed on physician's order, place merchandise in proper container w/ correct label, make required notations & initials physician's orders
Review physician's orders & patient medical record in order to determine whether allergies, sensitivities and/or reactions have been documented
Assure allergy/sensitivity information is recorded on patient medication profile
Alert pharmacist when prescribed medications may be contraindicated due to drug allergies, sensitivities, or interactions as indicated by information systems
Fill unit dose mediation cassettes from patient medication administration records by dispensing the appropriate supply through calculations based on dosage, strength & frequency of administration; perform substitution of drug equivalents through knowledge of generic, trade, chemical drug names & approved therapeutic equivalents; reviews medication administration record for appropriateness (i.e., drug entry, dosing frequency & documentation of administration), & advises appropriate licensed personnel of discrepancies
Maintain pharmacy inventory in designated areas; review pharmacy inventory for medications to be returned (i.e., expired products, deteriorated products, illegible labels, etc)
Assist the pharmacist in preparation, distribution, & record-keeping of controlled substances, i.e., narcotics, hypnotics, barbiturates, etc (Class II, III, IV, V), governed by federal & state law
Demonstrate the ability to distinguish controlled substances on physician's orders
Prepare required pharmacy products; use mathematical calculations & conversions from apothecary & avoirdupois to metric system
Prepare pharmacy products through an understanding of physical characteristics of medications, which require special packaging or handling
Prepare sterile admixture products, such as intravenous piggybacks, large volume parenterals, syringes, chemotherapy, & bulk manufactured products using techniques governed by aseptic parenteral admixture policies & procedures
Operate & maintain specialized pharmacy equipment (such as automated dispensing devices, IV compounding pumps, & unit dosing machines), cleaning, & performing periodic checks & adjustments
Chart all scheduled maintenance designed to ensure sterility according to protocol
Participate in the preparation, documentation, & scheduling of drug therapy for non-hospitalized patients
Assist or perform the duties of the inventory control assistant/stock clerk to prioritize & maintain maximum work flow in the pharmacy
Assist in medical office stocking-to-standards by organizing, replenishing stock, & preparing monthly recharges & credits