The Level III Hazardous Compounding Infusion Pharmacy Technician is responsible for providing technical support under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The level III technician will staff in all pharmacy locations areas as required, and has additional operational responsibilities. The technician???s duties include, but are not limited to: compounding hazardous and non-hazardous medications, batch compounding of pharmaceutical products, inventory management, medication tracking, compliance with regulatory standards, utilizing the various equipment and technology available in the pharmacy, and performing various quality control tasks as assigned. The level III pharmacy technician is responsible for organizing and leading the training and orientation processes of new pharmacy employees in all pharmacy workspaces. In addition to basic pharmacy responsibilities, the level III pharmacy technician is also tasked with operational, regulatory and compliance tasks, covering of satellite areas, as well as mentoring responsibilities for lower level technicians and interns.
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The specialized duties and responsibilities below are specific to the Hazardous Compounding Level III Pharmacy Technician role.??
A level III pharmacy technician will perform the following medication compounding related duties on a regular basis. This list is not exhaustive, but outlines the basic responsibilities of the job.
Prepare and compound low and medium risk, hazardous and non-hazardous chemotherapy and biotherapy commercial medications while adhering to guidelines for aseptic technique.
Prepare and compound low and medium risk hazardous and non-hazardous investigational chemotherapy and biotherapy medications, including phase I trial preparations.
Compound batches of sterile and non-sterile product for use as premedication and treatment for patient specific and bulk pharmacy dispenses.
Compound non-sterile, hazardous and non-hazardous commercial and investigational medications.
Maintain a clean and organized workspace in compliance with USP regulations.
Maintain biological safety cabinet cleanliness in accordance with USP regulations.
Demonstrate proper aseptic technique.
Demonstrate proficiency, accuracy, and efficiency when preparing medications orders.
Demonstrate appropriate handling of hazardous and non-hazardous drug waste.
Adhere to all product scanning and safety requirements as indicated by policy.
Setup and log pharmacy batch compounded products.
Pharmacy Support Services
A level III pharmacy technician will participate in and coordinate general pharmacy services outside of the compounding role. These are summarized below, however this list is not exhaustive and the technician is expected to perform all duties as assigned.
Accurately and efficiently process and set up medication orders on a per patient basis for compounding in the clean room.
Accurately and efficiently package and deliver medications to patient care areas, including but not limited to the automated dispensing systems (ADS) and pharmacy work spaces.
Demonstrate competency and efficiency in the sorting, receiving, and delivery of medications.
Demonstrate proficiency in coordinating clean room workflow operations.
Demonstrate proficiency in working with the medication delivery systems (SVC, dumbwaiter, PEVCO etc.)
Utilize all appropriate scanning and tracking systems within the pharmacy department.
Identify and escalate concerns related to pharmacy workflows and processes to the supervisor and/or manager.
Organize and lead the training and orientation of new staff members in any area.
Adhere to guidelines and policies regarding cleaning the pharmacy spaces, including the biological safety cabinet, the clean rooms, processing areas, medication storage areas, floors, fridges and other spaces as assigned.
Maintain all required regulatory logs and documentation as directed by pharmacy policy and procedure.
Perform other duties and tasks as assigned by the covering technician, pharmacist, or supervisor.
Create and revise training documents for staff education.
Participate in department meetings.
Perform regulatory monitoring tasks.
Participate in staff interviews and organize new employee training.
Demonstrate proficiency in cross functional areas of the department.
Create, edit and participate in the review process of new and existing policy and procedure documents.
Cover all pharmacy work areas for absences, vacations, and other needs.
Regularly lead the training and orientation of new and current pharmacy technicians and interns.
Provide training in the areas of hazardous medication compounding, medication processing, order receipt and delivery, pharmacy workflow, compliance processes, investigational drug services workflows, and intradepartmental processes.
Serve as a mentor to pharmacy staff by providing guidance with career ladder advancement, skill development, training duties, and aiding staff with projects and other responsibilities.
Promote personal and professional growth of fellow employees by providing learning opportunities and organizing continuing education events.
Demonstrate an understanding of the department values and goals, and exhibit them in daily work practices.
Staff member must be proficient working with and teaching pharmaceutical calculations.
Staff member must be proficient working with and teaching basic technology systems.
Demonstrate mastery of aseptic technique and the compounding of sterile products.
Staff member must be comfortable with public speaking and willing to engage in training of new staff.
The general pharmacy related duties and responsibilities as outlined below apply to all pharmacy technician staff members working in any DFCI authorized pharmacy locations.
Use of Pharmacy Technology
The level III pharmacy technician must demonstrate proficiency in the use of the various technologies employed by the pharmacy department. Examples of such technology include but are not limited to: EPIC, RxScan, Peoplesoft, Simplifi797, and Veriform.
Demonstrate proficiency and mastery of the various technologies used in the pharmacy department such as EPIC, RxScan, Peoplesoft, Simplifi797, Veriform, Medselect, and any other interface being used.
Demonstrate the ability to independently troubleshoot basic technology related issues and assist in the resolution or escalate to the appropriate resource.
Medication Inventory Management
In coordination with the Materials Management department, the pharmacy technician will participate in the following tasks to improve the pharmacy workflow.
Follow current safety standards and guidelines to ensure optimal medication storage and minimize medication errors.
Adhere to all look-alike/sound-alike documentation to avoid storage hazards.
Maintain appropriate drug storage conditions such as cleanliness and temperature, and rotate stock appropriately to manage expiring product.
Perform daily inventory management tasks such as cycle counting, PAR level assessment, medication stocking, and the removal of soon to be expired product.
For satellite locations, the pharmacy technician will be responsible for the ordering and receiving of medication per procedure established by the materials management department.
Adult and Pediatrics Satellites
The level III pharmacy technician will be responsible for additional duties at the satellite locations, including but not limited to:
Receiving and ordering of medications.
Daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning of the pharmacy workspaces.
Restock nursing stations
Assist with investigational protocol audits
Perform ADS downtime support
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
The level III pharmacy technician must meet the following requirements to be hired and maintain their position in the Pharmacy Department at DFCI.
High school graduate or currently enrolled in an accredited entry-level degree program for pharmacy or a related field.
Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy Registration as a Pharmacy Technician.
National Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCB) must be current.
Must hold the National Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCB) in sterile compounding.
At least 5 years of experience as a pharmacy technician, and 3 years working in oncology or sterile compounding.
Previous experience with sterile compounding is required.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.
Internal Number: 2021-23807
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to under-served members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.