GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The PHARMACY TECHNICIAN 1 performs technical support tasks in the pharmacy of an institution or hospital under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
This is the first level of a two-level series. It is distinguished from the higher level by absence of responsibility for inventory control, inspecting pharmaceutical practices, and duties involving the admixture of sterile products including products for intravenous use.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Positions in this class may perform some or all of the duties listed and unless otherwise noted work under the general supervision of a licensed pharmacist:
- Documentation Records. Typical tasks: Follows State and Federal regulations in the handling of controlled substances and maintains special records of controlled and investigational drugs under the guidance of the pharmacist; prepares container labels with identifying information (e.g. patient and physician, quantity, strength and frequency of application, time and method of administration, and any special instructions).
- Packaging: Typical tasks: under supervision, performs the following; selects correct medication from storage area and places it in container; repackages drugs from bulk to specified amounts and containers; prepares routine orders for dispensing such as drawing liquids into syringes.
- Deliveries: Typical tasks: delivers medication orders that have been checked by a pharmacist to clinics or clients at scheduled times or as needed and/or to authorized personnel at window. Places delivered drugs under refrigeration if required; compares dosage instructions and medications by reading order to receiving staff; picks up additional orders and may pick up used containers which require special handling.
- Miscellaneous: Typical tasks: answers pharmacy phones; may answer technical and patient demographic questions from information contained on the patient profile; refers questions requiring professional judgment to pharmacist; checks for and discards outdated drugs; assists with physical inventory; prepares individual label with identification and instructions and/or mass produces labels for multiple use regimes; orders stock from storeroom to maintain inventory.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class have regular contact, by telephone, electronically and in person with pharmacists regarding assigned duties and may have contact with other institutional agency personnel to clarify patient demographic information and/or timing of medication orders.
Employees in this class receive general supervision from a pharmacist who assigns work verbally and in writing and checks daily on the accuracy of packaging, transcription of medication orders, and filling medication carts. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion for accuracy, timeliness and conformance to pharmacy policy and procedures.
The Pharmacy Tech 1 follows State Pharmacy Board rules, State and Federal rules and regulations and agency policies and procedures as guidelines for packaging, handling, distribution and disposal of medications.
Positions are found in departments such as Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, and Student Health Services.
- The Pharmacy Technician 1 must be registered with the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy. Some positions may require a valid Oregon Driver?s License; AND
- Three months of training and/or experience demonstrating the knowledge of: medical terminology and abbreviations; pharmaceutical terms and drug names (generic and trade); mathematics sufficient to compute dosages and rate of drug use; metric system, weights and volume; record keeping for documentation and inventory purposes.