Pharmacy Technician - Controlled Substances is responsible for assuring facility (West/East Campus) compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, directives, policies, and procedures applying to the dispensing, storage, transfer, inventory and accountability of controlled substances. They are also responsible for checking the work of other technicians working in the inpatient or outpatient pharmacy who are processing controlled substances. Preferred Experience: Possess a current Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) with an understanding of the goals, objectives and performance measures associated with Inpatient Pharmacy Operations. Pharmacy IV room operations and inpatient experiences preferred. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. Grandfathiering clause English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: GS-7 Level: 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. Certification: 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. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Pharmacy technicians at this grade level may be assigned as a supervisor; lead technician in a particular area of the pharmacy; a controlled substance technician; an investigational drug technician; a procurement/inventory management technician; a clinical pharmacy technician; or similar assignment with this level of complexity. The GS-7 level is for select, complex pharmacy technician positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28. Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standards. Physical Requirements: Employees are typically expected to work forty hours per week. This may include evenings, midnights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44Ibs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Employees must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used on the job. Employees may be required to work at various pharmacy locations as assigned. ["VISN 12 is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation's Veterans. Major Duties and Responsibilities: a. Collates and prepares Pyxis and CII Safe controls, Anesthesia cart replenishment, and prescriptions for distribution. Orders and prepares approved prescriptions for non-formulary controlled medications. b. Maintains current knowledge of national, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and directives pertaining to controlled substances. c. Instructs pharmacy staff on controlled substance policy and procedures and provides written instruction and reference materials when required, particularly for new tasks and techniques. d. Is responsible for maintaining an appropriate level of all controlled substances for both the VA and DoD by informing supply of needed medications as well as keeping the respective orders separated. Must restock all controlled substances for Pyxis ES, CII Safe, and Anesthesia carts. e. Conducts primary investigation of all discrepancies and advises Chief of Pharmacy Service, Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, and Security on controlled substance related matters. Resolves controlled substance discrepancies and staff controlled substance issues referring to applicable policy. f. Conducts monthly inspections of Inpatient Vault and CII Safe for expired, expiring, broken tablets or vials and returns such to quarantine for appropriate disposal. Conducts daily inventory of controlled substances and notify supervisor for discrepancies. Reviews and maintains sufficient par level of controlled substances. Reviews and reconciles automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) daily activity report for all dispensing and returns in the presence of pharmacy supervisor or designee. g. Prepares DEA and VA forms for proper destruction or return of non-usable controlled substances. Must have a DOT Hazardous Material Training Certificate to sign the uniform hazardous waste manifest, EPA Form 8700-22, for processing the destruction of controlled substances. Assists Logistics Department in performing the destruction of controlled medications review and completes necessary paperwork. h. Reviews and maintains perpetual computerized records for all controlled substances in the Inpatient pharmacy to include all Pyxis ES stations, CII Safe, and Anesthesia carts. Must maintain two separate stocks, one for VA and one for DoD to include physical stock, ordering, record keeping and processes inherent to the Vista and CHCS computer systems. i. Follows correct procedures for recalled controlled substances based on level of severity. j. Reviews and maintains monthly narcotic inspection reports for both VA and DoD systems. Provides for the appropriate storage of records. Knowledge of trending and analysis is necessary to ensure that problems associated with waste, fraud, diversion or abuse are identified quickly and reported to appropriate supervisors. Responsible for maintaining reporting mechanisms for controlled substance issues. Works with the Controlled Substance Coordinator and Controlled Substance Inspectors to ensure all regulations are met and stock is accounted for. Assists unannounced CSIB inspections. k. Tracks and trends reported patient controlled substance issues. I. Reports to supervisor on controlled substance related performance and identifies training needs of employees. m. Reviews controlled substance prescriptions for accuracy, signatures, telephone number and address. n. Maintains filing system for controlled substance prescriptions. o. Also, may work in the outpatient drug distribution system including: filling both noncontrolled and controlled outpatient prescriptions, assisting patients at the windows in both Vista and CHCS, refilling and maintenance of the robotics (ScriptPro), restocking unit of use, putting orders from the wholesaler on the shelves, notifying supply of the need to order non-controlled medications, providing patient education and assisting pharmacists as needed. p. Packages and labels all preparations in accordance with accepted standards for addition to Pyxis machines on the West Campus and Anesthesia carts. Work Schedule: Rotating shifts, weekends, holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician - Controlled Substances/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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