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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
296F
Category: Health Care

Definition

Assists the pharmacist in technical pharmacy activities including the preparation and packaging of medications. Performs all duties under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under direct supervision, performs technical pharmaceutical functions.

Typical Work

Prepares medications for dispensing including prepackaging, counting, pouring, labeling and delivering medications;  

Loads medication containers or unit dose drawers for the medication distribution system; 

Packages sterile and non-sterile medication into single and multiple dose containers using appropriate techniques; 

Assists in preparing pharmaceutical solutions for external, internal and intravenous use; 

Monitors and replenishes drug stock in the pharmacy, floor stock in nursing medication areas and drug stock in emergency drug kits;  inventories and orders medications;  

Performs basic computer functions for medication preparation such as charge/credit, label generation, admission/discharge/transfer activity updates;  

Answers telephone and responds to questions not requiring a pharmacist’s professional judgment;  

Cleans designated areas of the pharmacy.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  Pharmacy practice operations.  

Ability to:  understand oral and written directions from registered pharmacists; organize and perform work effectively and accurately; operate typewriters, word processors, packaging machines and other equipment incidental to pharmacy operations; conceptualize and communicate improvement in functioning pharmacy procedures.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid Washington State Pharmacy Technician certification.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 6037 Pharmacy Assistant, 53710 Pharmacy Assistant A; adopted
May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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