Pharmacy Techncian

Department Of Veterans Affairs Saint Louis , MO 63150

Posted 2 months ago

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Incumbent functions in all areas of pharmacy including inpatient and outpatient settings. Must adept at problem solving and troubleshooting operational issues. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Receiving/filling/distributing outpatient prescriptions, preparation of inpatient medications, including sterile and hazardous dosage forms, operation and maintenance of pharmacy equipment, participation in inventory control, documentation of data for reports/projects/statistical purposes

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  • Reads and interprets prescription orders, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications; affixes proper label; and records required data to appropriate system. After a final check by a pharmacist, dispenses medication in ambulatory care. mail order or discharge situations. Fills unit-dose medications dispensed to inpatient areas (i.e. emergency med-carts, point of care machines), and/or fills automatic dispensing cabinets independently without a second review.

  • Prepares inpatient drug orders including all dosage forms such as intravenous admixtures, hazardous, chemotherapy, oral solids, etc., according to established procedures and protocols.

  • Inventories and replenishes emergency carts.

  • Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment per pharmacy policies and procedures and manufacturer guidelines.

  • Performs required Medication Quality Assurance Rounds.

  • Prepares and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used.

  • Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention.

  • Maintains, verifies, stocks, and replaces outdates in patient care areas and automated point of care machines. Routinely analyzes medication performance. Runs reports to remove items with no usage to reduce waste and ensure space availability. Utilizes reporting to ensure ordered medications are available in the appropriate point of care unit.

  • Maintains the appropriate environment for sterile compounding throughout the production process.

  • Compounds routine sterile products with aseptic technique.

  • Completes any repackaging of medication following standard policy: includes single unit of use medications.

  • Ensures medication integrity through appropriate cleaning and maintenance of unit dose packager.

  • Inspects completed packages for damaged medications and or barcodes.

  • Inventories and replenishes assigned inpatient and outpatient care areas.

  • Provide patient education on pharmacy topics.

  • Processes prescription requests: Computerized, oral, and written.

  • Performs all the duties of lower graded technicians as required.

  • Monitors pharmacy refrigerator temperatures on a daily basis.

  • Assists with inventory management and ordering of medicines.

  • Pulls, segregates and processes outdated, waste, and excess inventory for return to vendor, reverse distributor, and for credit or replacement on a monthly basis.

  • Follows appropriate medication resolution process for medications returned to pharmacy from the wards/ clinics and items from outdated stock within 24 hours.

  • Assists in effecting recalls of drugs.

  • Ensures barcoding or other electronic tracking is completed in all aspects of inventory control.

  • Assists in total quality improvement activities.

  • Provides training to new or existing staff.

  • Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes as required.

  • Insures logs or other tracking mechanisms are complete and timely.

  • Maintains computer security, physical security of pharmacy areas, and confidentiality of sensitive patient information.

  • Maintains a clean, safe, and orderly work area.

  • Follows procedures for prevention of any breach of security to the pharmacy or the computer system.

  • Works with all pharmacy programs in VISTA/CPRS and other data bases.

  • Works with standard office programs such as Microsoft Excel and Word.

  • Utilizes all relevant medical center Share point sites for information when needed.

  • Utilizes the CMOP website for a variety of needs pertaining to processed mail prescriptions.

  • Utilizes the CMOP lost or destroyed package report.

FMLA: Non-exempt

Bargaining Unit: Eligible

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Duty Station: Positions may be filled at either the John Cochran Division or Jefferson Barracks Division, but may be changed to any other VASTLHCS location based on the needs of the medical center.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/06/2020.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.

  • Proficient in spoken and written English

Grade Determinations: To be eligible for consideration at the GS-6 grade level, you must meet the following requirements:

Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. State license is not acceptable.

Experience. One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.

2.Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

3.Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

4.Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.

5.Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.

6.Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

References: VA 5005, Part II, Appendix G-28

Physical Requirements:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hours); Pushing (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far Vision correctable in one eye to 10/10 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to read written material; Ability to distinguish basic colors (shades of colors); Hearing (aid permitted); emotional and mental stability; working around machinery with moving parts and working around moving objects or vehicles.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Pharmacy Techncian

Department Of Veterans Affairs