Pharmacy Technician Controlled Substance

Department Of Veterans Affairs Denver , CO 80208

Posted 3 days ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

Provide assistance to the pharmacist in managing inventory control, dispensing of controlled drugs, and security of controlled substances for the VA Medical Center Pharmacy service. Must have an active PTCB certification and will be knowledgeable in pharmacy law and DEA regulations as they apply to use of controlled substances. In addition to work in the pharmacy vault, will be responsible for performing all other pharmacy technician duties when assigned.

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  • Preparing and filling all inpatient and outpatient orders/requests for controlled substances.

  • Assist in receiving new stock and returned stock into inventory, ensuring the accuracy of controlled drug records.

  • Conducts regularly scheduled inventories three times weekly and daily if needed.

  • Interacts with controlled substance inspection officials, assisting with the inventory, review of invoices and VISTA reports.

  • Is authorized and executes authority to initiate all orders for controlled drugs, including local requirements, VACO directives, DEA requirements (including completing DEA forms when necessary), and other state and local requirements that apply.

  • Monitors and analyzes orders and distribution patterns to identify questionable circumstances or unusual trends.

  • Monitors controlled substances stock levels, maintaining an appropriate level of stock to provide good patient care without excess stock.

  • Provides controlled substance training for technicians, pharmacists, inspectors, students, residents, and others as needed.

  • Technical knowledge of drug and medication brand names, generic names/chemical names, general and special storage requirements, expiration date requirements, manufacturer/distributor sources, dosage forms applicable system of weights and measures, and medical terminology in order to interpret physicians' orders and verify that correct drug, dosage form, strength, and dose are prepared and dispensed.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0661 Pharmacy Technician

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements 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


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.

  • Education or Experience: High School diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.

  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Grade Determinations: GS-7


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 and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):


PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.
      2.Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.
      3.Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff
      4.Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.
      5.Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.
      6.Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.
      7.Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.
      8.Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standards

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7.

Physical Requirements:
Work may involve prolonged sitting, standing and/or walking. Working involves lifting of weights up to 40 pounds. Incumbent will be subject to bending and stooping.


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 Technician Controlled Substance

Department Of Veterans Affairs