Job Summary:

Under a pharmacist’s supervision, performs designated technical and clerical tasks associated with the preparation, labeling and dispensing of medications, including sterile admixtures and prepackaged or unit dose drugs. In addition, performs designated tasks regarding pharmacy quality control, management of pharmacy records, inventory control and preparation of orders for drugs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma (approved/accredited Pharmacy Technician program)
  • A minimum of one year of experience in the aseptic preparation of large/small volume parenteral, parenteral nutrition, antibiotics and chemotherapy
  • Knowledge of basic drug terminology, pharmaceutical calculations, drug use and aseptic techniques
  • Must be able to work effectively with others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and time-management skills
  • Dependable on attendance and job performance

Work Environment:

  • Primarily office and/or pharmacy work
  • Occasional travel in the community at large
  • May participate in community and/or referral presentations
  • Hours not limited to 8:30-5:00

Special Physical Demands:

  • Near visual acuity required
  • Measuring and mixing in a confined space
  • Receipt and stocking of products/medications will involve lifting
  • Must be capable of inputting data on a keyboard

Performance Requirements:

1. Provides clinical/technical pharmacy services/activities competently by:

  • Assisting pharmacists in coordinating/scheduling preparation of sterile admixtures
  • Preparing and generating batch for preparation of sterile admixtures
  • Preparing/compounding sterile admixtures, including but not limited to parenteral nutrition, antibiotics, chemotherapy, hydration, narcotic analgesics, using aseptic techniques and under the direct supervision of a pharmacist
  • Preparing orders for Desferal patients monthly or as needed
  • Completing batch records and other pharmacy records as indicated
  • Verifying completed batch records against the computer record
  • Preparing labels for sterile admixture and placing them with the respective batch record
  • Generating labels and picks and packages of prepackaged and unit dose drugs in accordance with the dispensing order (pick-list) and under the supervision of a pharmacist
  • Pickup and delivery of medications as needed
  • Performing and recording various quality control activities per protocol
  • Participating with the pharmacist in monitoring/maintaining drug inventories and preparing orders for drugs and related supplies
  • Overseeing the Unit Dose Respiratory program includes contacting patients for reorders, preparing reorders, and mailing reorders after the RPh check
  • Preparing and submitting dosage and stabilities reports for sterile products
  • Place orders for all supplies from all vendors
  • Emptying and removing trash daily as needed (and breaking down and removing all unusable cardboard)
  • Performing other tasks or duties as requested

2. Improves department/company productivity and efficiency by:

  • Attending designated departmental meetings as scheduled
  • Participating in departmental QI activities as requested
  • Identifying system/operational shortfalls & presenting improvement suggestions

3. Ensures department compliance with company policies and procedures by:

  • Ensuring the clean room suites and related equipment are cleaned and maintained per organizational policy and procedure
  • Performing and documenting daily, weekly and monthly pharmacy maintenance records (including cleaning)
  • Understanding the policy and procedures regarding the compounding of Chemotherapies
  • Complying with and competently working within the negative pressure chemo room

4. Competently performing daily pharmacy tasks by:

  • Preparing the correct concentration of disinfectant solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Using appropriately labeled containers for the type of surface to be cleaned (floor, wall, production bins, etc.)
  • Documenting disinfectant solution preparation
  • Following garbing procedures when performing any cleaning activities; at the beginning of each shift, clean all ISO Class 5 devices prior to compounding in the following order: walls, IV bar, automated compounders, and work surface
  • Use a lint-free wipe soaked with sterile 70% IPA or other approved disinfectant solution and allow to dry completely
  • Removing all compounder components and cleaning all ISO Class 5 areas as stated above at the end of each shift
  • Cleanings all counters and easily cleanable work surfaces; mopping floors, using the mop labeled “floors”, starting at the wall opposite the room entry door; mopping floor surface in even strokes toward the operator; moving carts as needed to clean the entire floor surface; using a microfiber cleaning system is an acceptable alternative to mops
  • In the ante-area, clean the sink and all contact surfaces; clean the floor with a disinfectant solution or use a microfiber cleaning system
  • Presenting in clean appropriate attire and manner
  • Wearing no cosmetics or jewelry (watches, rings, earrings, etc., piercing jewelry included) upon entry into ante-areas
  • Bringing no food or drinks into or stored in the ante-areas or buffer areas
  • Being aware of the line of demarcation separating clean and dirty sides and observing required activities
  • Donning shoe covers or designated clean-area shoes one at a time, placing the covered or designated shoe on the clean side of the line of demarcation, as appropriate
  • Donning beard cover if necessary
  • Donning head cover assuring that all hair is covered
  • Donning a face mask to cover the bridge of the nose down to include the chin
  • Performing hand hygiene procedure by wetting hands and forearms and washing using soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds
  • Drying hands and forearms using a lint-free towel or hand dryer
  • Selecting the appropriately sized gown, examining for any holes, tears, or other defects
  • Donning gown and ensuring full closure
  • Disinfecting hands again using a waterless alcohol-based surgical hand scrub with persistent activity and allowing hands to dry thoroughly before donning sterile gloves
  • Donning appropriate-sized sterile gloves ensures that there is a tight fit with no excess glove material at the fingertips. Examining gloves to ensure that there are no defects, holes, or tears
  • While engaging in sterile compounding activities, routinely disinfect gloves with sterile 70% IPA prior to working in the direct compounding area (DCA) and after touching items or surfaces that may contaminate gloves
  • Removing PPE on the clean side of the ante-area
  • Removing gloves and performing hand hygiene
  • Removing gown and discarding it, or hanging it on the hook if it is to be reused within the same work day
  • Removing shoe covers or shoes one at a time, ensuring that uncovered foot is placed on the dirty side of the line of demarcation and performing hand hygiene again. (Removes and discards shoe covers every time the compounding area is exited)
  • Performing proper hand hygiene, garbing, and gloving procedures according to SOPs
  • Disinfecting ISO Class 5 device surfaces with an appropriate agent
  • Disinfecting components/vials with an appropriate agent prior to placing in ISO Class 5 work area
  • Introducing only essential materials in a proper arrangement in the ISO Class 5 work area
  • Not interrupting, impeding, or diverting the flow of first-air to critical sites
  • Ensuring syringes, needles, and tubing remain in their individual packaging and are only opened in ISO Class 5 work area
  • Performing manipulations only in the appropriate DCA of the ISO Class 5 device
  • Not exposing critical sites to contact contamination or worse than ISO Class 5 air
  • Disinfecting stoppers, injection ports, and ampul necks by wiping with sterile 70% IPA and allowing sufficient time to dry
  • Affixing needles to syringes without contact contamination
  • Puncturing vial stoppers and spiking infusion ports without contact contamination
  • Labeling preparation(s) correctly
  • Disinfect sterile gloves routinely by wiping with sterile 70% WA during prolonged compounding manipulations. Cleaning, setting up, and calibrating automated compounding device (e.g., “TPN compounder”) according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Disposing of sharps and waste according to institutional policy or recognized guidelines

5. Competently performing monthly pharmacy tasks by:

  • Performing monthly cleaning on a designated day; preparing a disinfectant solution as stated in daily tasks that are appropriate for the surfaces to be cleaned
  • Cleaning buffer area and ante-area ceiling, walls, and storage shelving with a disinfectant solution and a mop or using a microfiber cleaning system
  • Cleaning all buffer area totes and storage shelves by removing contents and using a germicidal detergent soaked lint-free wipe, cleaning the inside surfaces of the tote and then the entire exterior surfaces of the tote; allowing totes to dry; prior to replacing contents into a tote, wiping tote with sterile 70% IPA to remove disinfectant residue, using new wipe as needed
  • Cleaning all buffer area carts by removing contents and using germicidal detergent soaked lint-free wipe; cleaning all carts starting with the top shelf and top of the post, working down to wheels; cleaning the underside of shelves in a similar manner; using a new wipe for each cart; allowing the card to dry; wiping carts with sterile 70% IPA wetted lint-free wipe to remove any disinfectant residue, using new wipe as needed
  • Cleaning buffer area chairs, the interior and exterior of trash bins, and storage bins using disinfectant solution soaked lint-free wipes
  • Documenting all cleaning activities as to who performed such activities with the date

6. Shows teamwork, initiative and accountability by:

  • Planning for and completing daily activities with minimal direction
  • Functioning autonomously
  • Organizing assigned workload to facilitate completion
  • Maintaining a positive and motivating attitude
  • Volunteering to assist co-workers
  • Learning about newly introduced products/services: their purpose, assembly, customer education and safety issues
  • Complying with applicable memos and policy changes as issued, updating and recording all reference books promptly as updates are received (Facts & Comparisons, Kings Guide, etc.)
  • Taking and passing the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam
  • Learning and practicing to be a Clinical Pharmacy Technician

7. Exhibits exceptional work ethic by:

  • Not being wasteful or abusing branch/region resources (vehicles, buildings, equipment, supplies, phones, utilities, time at work and time absent from work, etc)
  • Presenting fair and honest reports of expenses (travel, gas, on-call, etc)
  • Following through timely with commitments
  • Being flexible and able to prioritize for maximum customer satisfaction
  • Presenting ideas and solutions to customers and/or operational problems
  • Allowing others to speak without interruption
  • Asking clarifying questions and showing consideration of others’ comments
  • Using proper grammar, a respectful tone and language free of prejudice, harassment, profanity or ill-will connotations
  • Answering calls within 3 rings and properly introducing self in a pleasant, clear voice
  • Returning phone messages or other communications promptly, responding calmly to angry or upset customers and avoiding personal calls (or minimizing) to allow customer access to business lines
  • Attempting to resolve conflict without 3rd party intervention, refraining and discouraging gossip, and portraying the company in a positive light to customers and co-workers
  • Conducting oneself at all times to the highest standard

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8-hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate (respectively):

  • Syracuse, NY 13211: Reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (Required)
  • Rochester, NY 14624: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Experience:

  • Pharmacy technician experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Shift availability:

  • Day Shift (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

To apply for this job email your details to humanresources2@upstatehomecare.com