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Penn Medicine Pharmacy Technician in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Pharmacy Technician

  • Job ID :97862

  • Job Category: Pharmacy

  • Specialty Area: Pharmacy

  • Primary Shift: Day

  • Work Schedule: Part Time - Day Shift

  • Penn Medicine Entity: Chester County Hospital

  • Location: West Chester, PA

  • Address: 701 E Marshall St

  • Education Required: Per Position Description

  • Experience Required: Per Position Description

  • Employment Type: Part Time Regular 19- hrs/wk

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Position Description :

General Summary Statement

Under the direct supervision of a licensed Pharmacist, technicians are responsible for the preparation and distribution of all inpatient medications including neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations. Technicians are also responsible for the preparation of IV admixtures using aseptic technique. Responsible for refilling pyxis machines and maintaining clean and organized machines. Keeps the inpatient pharmacy area stocked with medications. Removes expired medications and places in the appropriate expired storage area in the storeroom. Responsible for ordering medications when inventory is low. Trains new employees as necessary and works as a team player.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Accurately fills Pyxis machine inventory lists with correct item and strength. Ensures all

medications are checked by a pharmacist before delivery to the floor. Draws up oral

syringes accurately.

  1. Processes a daily cart fill list and reviews list. Prepares drugs for individual patients on

the list. Reviews list for drugs that can be added to Pyxis and takes the initiative to add

those medications to the pyxis machine.

  1. Repackages bulk medications, as needed, into unit dose form according to “Good

Manufacturing Practice” guidelines (e.g. Kwik-vial, Medidose, Medi-pak, etc.). Batches

sufficient quantities of medications as needed while minimizing waste.

  1. Accurately prepares extemporaneous compounds as needed with complete understanding

of weighing, measuring and mixing of all components to provide a homogenous,

pharmaceutically elegant compound.

  1. Train new personnel in all aspects of pharmacy operations. Sign their orientation sheets

when showing new person a particular function

  1. Fills prescriptions accurately to be checked by the pharmacist.

  2. Pulls expired medications from inpatient pharmacy and pyxis machines and places in

expired medication bin in the pharmacy storeroom.

  1. Exhibits a complete understanding of aseptic technique principles. Works in an organized

manner, batching products in accordance with Good Manufacturing Principles allowing

no mix-up of look alike/ sound alike drugs.

  1. Consistently prepares sterile admixtures (NICU syringes, , IVPB’s, LVP’s,) according to

aseptic technique principles. Prepares the correct number of doses, such that all doses are

available by the next scheduled administration time.

  1. Accurately measures each ingredient, leaving each ingredient and syringe drawn back to

appropriate calibration for pharmacist checking. Always informs the pharmacist when

doses are ready for checking.

  1. If applicable, accurately places storeroom order on Mondays and Thursdays before 1100

and the Abbott order on Tuesdays before 1400. Puts these supplies away appropriately

when they arrive to the pharmacy within 24 hours of their arrival..

  1. Maintains the back IV storeroom. This includes the proper rotation of IV’s by taking the

oldest stock when replenishing the main IV room stock..

  1. Effectively communicates to the next shift any functions that may need to be done for the

efficient operation of the pharmacy and IV room. (i.e. prepacking, etc.)

  1. Prepares Open Heart Kits correctly and in a timely manner when assigned. Prepares

Cardioplegic solutions as needed according to the posted schedule.

  1. Able to refill medications to the pyxis machine and assign expiration dates.

  2. Able to determine what type of pocket is best for loading a new medication. Able to

assign med from pharmacy or assign and load a med at the station. Loads controlled

substances to correct pocket type. Able to unload a medication and rearrange medication

to a different location.

  1. Performs out-date function on the pyxis machine all week when assigned.

  2. Accurately refills controlled substances to the machine and resolves discrepancies that

are caused by your error.

  1. Change inventory maximum numbers to reflect usage and improve efficiency.

  2. Able to recover a failed drawer and is always willing to assist nurses when on the floors.

  3. Reviews patient specific meds on a daily basis and returns meds to pharmacy when


  1. Properly receives the order in the absence of the purchasing technician and ensures that

all medication bar-codes are in the current pharmacy drug master database by scanning in

and checking description and size. If successful scan does not occur, the product is given

to a pharmacist or bar-code technician for addition to the database. This must be

completed to ensure nursing is able to successfully scan each medication upon


  1. Restocks all areas of the pharmacy as necessary. Checks for out-dates monthly. Maintains

a clean and organized work area.

Minimum Requirements :

Education Training and Experience

High school diploma. Completion of a technician course and/or prior hospital experience preferred.


Certified technician preferred but not required in the state of PA.

Work Environment and Hazards

Works in a well lit and organized environment. Standing and walking ninety percent of the time. Transports chemotherapy drugs that are sealed in a plastic bag 5 % of the time..

Work Contact Group

Primary contacts are with volunteers, unit secretaries, nurses and other healthcare technical staff. Occasional contact with physicians, administrators and pharmaceutical sales reps.

Additional Information :

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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