Pharmacy Technician, Certified

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Patient Care Providers
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21004119 Requisition #
The University of Iowa Health Care, Department of Pharmaceutical care, is seeking a full-time Pharmacy Technician, Certified to join our team.  This position is under general pharmacist supervision, coordinates and performs as necessary the technical activities of dispensing areas. Under general supervision of technician supervisor, carries out activities supportive of development, coordination, and training of assigned areas. Provides functional supervision as required.
 
Duties to include:

1. Fill/refill prescriptions

  1. Read label for accuracy and correct as needed.
  2. Label and package the correct medication.
  3. Notate appropriate lot number and expiration for specialty drugs.
  4. Sign appropriate drugs out of high cost and controlled substance log books.
  5. Include appropriate ancillary materials with patient prescription orders including but not limited to supplies needed in order to administer drug, supplies needed to dispose of administration materials, Specialty Pharmacy Welcome Materials, Proof of Delivery documentation, etc.
  6. Coordinate services from other UIHC Ambulatory Care Pharmacies including but not limited to services such as adherence packaging and Clinical Cancer Center medications.           
2. Work closely with Specialty Pharmacy staff (Prior Authorization and Patient Management Teams) along with interdisciplinary staff to accurately fulfill patient orders with a high level of attention to detail and focus on superior customer service
  1. Locate over the counter medications to include in patient orders.
  2. Locate ancillary products to include in patient orders. 
  3. Properly process patient orders through pharmacy cash register system according to required and often times complex billing requirements (copay assistance, grants, medically billed, etc.)  
3. Prepare prescriptions for mailing and shipping according to established policies and procedures
  1. Generate appropriate shipping labels according to the desired shipping method.
  2. Properly package refrigerated items according to cold chain shipping requirements. 
4. Assist with the receipt and stocking of daily drug orders to appropriate areas in the pharmacy. 
5. Utilize and maintain the ScriptPro Robot
  1. Fill cells/cassettes
  2. Clean cells/cassettes
  3. Map brand changes/assign drugs to cells
  4. Return unwanted prescriptions to cells
  5. Daily maintenance
6. Answer internal phone lines to assist other hospital staff with various requests
  1. Assist with transferring of drug to/from other in house pharmacies.
  2. Other requests as needed and appropriate.
7. Perform daily rounds to other Ambulatory Care Pharmacies and Pharmacy Storeroom.
  1. Coordinate patient pickups.
  2. Pick up drop ship items and supplies as needed.
8. Perform inventory maintenance activities.
  1. Return to stock medications that have not been picked up by patients.
  2. Monitor/order prescription filling and shipping supplies.
  3. Perform daily and monthly drug inventories as requested
9. Generate and/or maintain (includes filing) appropriate records related to prescription dispensing such as hard copies of prescriptions, hemophiliac patient profiles, mailing/shipping forms/logs, and prescription quality assurance audits.
10. Perform activities involving narcotics and controlled substances including:
  1. Conduct weekly and monthly inventories
  2. Order replacement supplies from internal source
  3. Audit records associated with dispensing of narcotics and controlled substances
  4. Resolve discrepancies on issuance forms
11. Conduct assigned audits in patient care clinic areas (Certified Technicians Only)
  1. Audit area for compliance with medication security, segregation of dosage forms, expiration dates, approved samples, Emergency Medication Tray expiration date, appropriate drug storage and references.
12. Participate in regular team meetings and Specialty Pharmacy Quality Committee in order to provide regular feedback on processes and procedures.  
13. Maintain area orderliness and cleanliness.
14. Assist in on the job training of new technicians.
15. Coordinate technical activities with other members of team.
16. Assist with other Specialty Pharmacy Team duties as workload allows.
 
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®
 
Percent of Time:  100%
Schedule:  Work 8 hour shifts between the hours of 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location:  Ambulatory Care, Specialty Pharmacy
Rotations:  Work up to every other weekend with variable days off

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
  • For more information about Why Iowa?, click here

 

 

Education Requirements:
1. High school graduation including a general mathematics course, or the equivalent.
a. Two years’ experience in a position directly related to the natural sciences, or
b. Two years post high school education in the natural sciences or related area, or
c. A combination of related experience and related post high school education to equal two years.
3.  National certification as a certified pharmacy technician by a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited pharmacy technician certification program and examination is required. Must  meet ongoing education requirements and maintain certification.
4.  An exception to the certification requirement is available to pharmacy interns who maintain registration as a pharmacy intern (per Iowa Administrative Code – Chapter 3, Pharmacy Technicians, Section  3.3).
Note: Per Board of Pharmacy Regulations (Iowa Administrative Code -- 657-Chapter 3, Pharmacy Technicians):
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Effective July 1, 2021, all pharmacy technicians must register with the Board of Pharmacy prior to commencement of employment in an Iowa pharmacy.
2. Effective July 1, 2009, all pharmacy technicians must be certified by July 1, 2010.
 
Desired Qualifications:
  • Ability to perform ratio/proportion equations,
  • Experience with inventory maintenance activities,
  • Experience working in team environment,
  • Experience working in detail-oriented work environment,
  • Knowledge of windows based computer programs,
  • Experience working in environment requiring accuracy,
  • Experience working in healthcare with one-on-one patient interaction & experience handling challenging interactions in work environment.
  • Prefer National Career Readiness Certificate at Silver Level.
 
Application Process:  Resume preferred as part of the application process.
 
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM of the closing end date.
 
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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