The Certified Pharmacy Technician must be registered by the State of Florida and meet the minimum state requirements as indicated by Florida Statute 465.014. In addition, the pharmacy technician must be nationally certified through Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist, they assist in the various activities of the pharmacy department and any other duties as assigned. These duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Distributing stock supplies to patient care areas;
Maintaining inventories of drug supplies in all automated dispensing machines;
Retrieval of prescription files, patient files and profiles, and other similar records pertaining to the practice of pharmacy;
Preparing sterile products using strict aseptic technique;
Ensuring the clean room remains in a state of constant cleanliness and order and stocked appropriately;
Performing environmental monitoring of the clean room;
All functions related to prescription legend drug and controlled substance inventory control, documentation, and record keeping;
Billing of medications not ordered through Pyxis (i.e., code cart medications);
Entering data into the computer database for prepackaging;
Comply with hospital confidentiality and privacy laws and rules;
Prepare, package, and label drugs as permitted by the Florida Board of Pharmacy; and
While under the direct supervision of the pharmacist, perform any other mechanical, technical, or administrative tasks which do not themselves constitute practice of pharmacy.
The certified pharmacy technician must have the ability to perform work accurately with attention to detail within a specified time period. They must have the ability to work cooperatively with other hospital and pharmacy staff. The principles of Service Excellence must be met at all times. They must follow HIPPA guidelines. They must be able to handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule. They must be able to set priorities and solve problems.
The certified pharmacy technician must wear clothing in accordance with company and customer expectations. Scrubs are considered appropriate. When compounding sterile products, the technician must perform proper hand hygiene and wear appropriate garb in accordance with all specifications of USP <797>. The employee badge must be prominently displayed at all times.
The certified pharmacy technician may work with hazardous drugs and understands the risks of handling such medications.