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Pharmacy Tech Sterile Products

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19406

Job Type: 

Req ID: 25638

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Assist in various pharmacy activities, under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, and other duties not requiring the review of a pharmacist. The majority of tasks and responsibilities are related to preparing, dispensing, and distributing compounded sterile products.

Sterile Products Pharmacy Technicians maintain high standard for the quality and controls of processes, components, and environments with the skill and knowledge of practices to prevent harm to patients due to 1. Microbial contamination, 2. Excessive bacterial endotoxins, 3. Variability in the intended strength of correct ingredients 4. Unintended chemical and physical contaminants, and 5. Ingredients of inappropriate quality in compounded sterile preparations (CSPs).

This position is based in King of Prussia, Home Care. The hours are Monday - Friday, day shift.  (No weekends or nights).

Job Responsibilities

1. Responsible for accurately preparing patient-specific and non-patient specific doses by ensuring that the compounded sterile products (CSP) are accurately identified, measured, reconstituted, diluted, mixed, sterilized, packaged, labeled, and stored.

  • CSPs are prepared aseptically, accurately, and safely in accordance to USP 797, USP 800 and CHOP Pharmacy Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Only medications and ingredients with correct identity, quality and purity are used in the preparation of CSPs
  • Ingredients, medications and CSPs are appropriately stored to preserve the sterility and strength until the manufacturer expiration date or CHOP assigned beyond-use date (BUD)
  • Equipment, devices, and fixtures are routinely cleaned, appropriately maintained, and used for accuracy and effectiveness for their intended use as per CHOP SOP
  • Labels products with proper information  and appropriately assigns the BUD as per CHOP SOP
  • Prior to dispensing, ensures all prepared CSPs are verified by a pharmacist for accurate identity, measure, reconstitution, dilution, mixture sterility, packaging, labeling, and storage at the recommended temperature.
  • CSPs are prepared within allotted cycle times to ensure that the turnaround time for all first-doses and non-STAT medication orders does not exceed 1 hour and the turnaround time for all STAT medication orders does not exceed 15 minutes

2. Responsible for compliance to all federal, state, and department standards and regulations for sterile product compounding- USP797,  USP800,  CMS Conditions of Participation, FDA Compounding Guidance and TJC standards

  • Completes initial aseptic technique training and passes competency test
    • Reviews all CHOP Pharmacy SOPs related to CSP preparation and practices
    • Completes electronic competency with score ≥ 90%
      • CSP microbial contamination risk levels
      • Beyond Use Dating
      • Environmental Quality and Control
      • ISO Class Air Sources, Buffer Area and Ante Area
      • Personnel Cleaning and Garbing (Non-Hazardous and Hazardous)
      • Cleaning/Disinfection Procedures (Non-Hazardous and Hazardous)
    • Complete three consecutive cycles of Non- Hazardous and Hazardous PPE donning/doffing with zero (0) standard work variances including three gloved fingertip test samples with zero (0 CFU) growth results after a 3 day incubation
    • Completion of aseptic media fill practical evaluation with zero (0) standard work variances including test media samples with zero (0) CFU growth results after a 14 day incubation
  • Completes annual/semi-annual aseptic technique recertification and passes competency test
    • Completes electronic competency with score ≥ 90%
    • Completes one cycle of Hazardous and Non- Hazardous PPE donning/doffing with zero (0) standard work variances including one gloved fingertip test samples with zero (0 CFU) growth results after a 3 day incubation
    • Completion of aseptic media fill practical evaluation with zero (0) standard work variances including test media samples with zero (0) growth results after a 14 day incubation
  • Compliant to all dress code and PPE maintenance and associated CHOP Pharmacy SOPs
    • No make-up, artificial nails, nail polish, jewelry (including but not limited to rings, watches, ear/nose/facial piercings) can be worn while in the cleanroom
    • Appropriate attire in Sterile Product areas includes:
      • Scrub sets
      • Short-sleeved, collarless shirts
      • Full-length pants

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

  • Skirt or dress – NOTE: Stockings/hose MUST be worn with skirt or dress
  • Socks covering above ankle
  • Dons full personal protective equipment for the entirety of shift while in the cleanroom (PPE includes head and beard covers, face mask, gown or cover-all, shoe covers, sterile gloves)
    • PPE must cover all head and facial hair
    • PPE must be maintained throughout the work shift while in the cleanroom
  • Compliant to all aseptic technique work practices and associated CHOP Pharmacy SOPs
    • Cleaning, disinfection, and sanitization of laminar air flow hood (LAFH), equipment, and room at frequency defined USP 797 and CHOP SOPs
    • Cleaning all products and supplies with sporicidal cleaning/disinfecting agent prior to introduction across line of demarcation
    • Sanitizing all products and supplies with sterile 70% isopropyl alcohol prior to introduction into LAFH
    • Sanitizing gloves with 70% isopropyl alcohol prior to introduction into LAFH for dose preparation
    • Maintenance of “first air” to all critical sites during dose preparation
  • Maintain all required documentation for clean room operations including but not limited to:
    • Daily LAFH and work surface cleaning
    • Weekly sporicidal LAFH and work surface cleaning
    • Monthly sporicidal zone cleaning and inspection
    • Daily air pressure differential monitoring
    • Weekly eye wash hose functionality

3. Execute Patient Specific Daily Batch SVP Production as per CHOP Pharmacy SOP

4. Execute Medication Delivery and Medication Cassette Exchange as per CHOP Pharmacy SOP
5. Execute RIVA Batch Production as per CHOP Pharmacy SOP
6. Pharmacy products are distributed accurately, with the appropriate quantity and at the time the product is needed during hourly medication delivery and Bin Exchange.
7. Inventory Control

  • Kanban Inventory system is adhered to 100% of time.
  • Maintains and organizes inventory supply in a manner which minimizes inventory storage cost, wastage, and stock-outs. Ensures inventory is rotated properly, stored in appropriate conditions and location with 100% accuracy.
  • Complete monthly medication expiration dating assignments in a timely manner.  Identify and reorder expired medications inventory and ensures that stock is stored in accordance with manufacturer requirements.
  • Assures the proper replacement of prescription drugs to stock upon requisitions from various departments of the hospital either manually or through the Pyxis System.

8. Ensures the secure storage of narcotics and other controlled substances.

  • Documents every transaction completely and accurately.
  • No generation of discrepancies in the C2 Safe, Pyxis Medstation, or Inventory Logs.
  • Ensures the destruction of returned controlled substance continuous medication infusions.
  • Ensures secure storage of narcotics and other controlled substances on a regular basis.  Maintains inventory records on narcotics and other forms of drugs as required by law.
  • Performs inventory counts of controlled substances on safes as per policy and procedures.

9. Achieve patient safety and satisfaction through the use of LEAN principles:

  • 5S
  • Elimination of Waste
  • JIT
  • Stand Work
  • Quality
  • Promotes and Complies with Standardized Procedures.
  • Promotes and Complies with Standard Work.
  • Identifies “waste” in ownership process and recommends solutions for implementation.
  • Corrects abnormal conditions.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

10. Participates in hospital and departmental Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.

  • Utilizes LEAN Principals to analyze and resolve problems in a systematic manner.
  • All improvement must be made in accordance with the scientific method
  • Participation in departmental RPI
  • Works OT to allow coworkers to participate in department RPI
    • Environmental Quality and Control
    • ISO Class Air Sources, Buffer Area and Ante Area
    • Personnel Cleaning and Garbing (Non-Hazardous and Hazardous)
    • Cleaning/Disinfection Procedures (Non-Hazardous and Hazardous)
  • Complete three consecutive cycles of Non- Hazardous and Hazardous PPE donning/doffing with zero (0) standard work variances including three gloved fingertip test samples with zero (0 CFU) growth results after a 3 day incubation
  • Completion of aseptic media fill practical evaluation with zero (0) standard work variances including test media samples with zero (0) CFU growth results after a 14 day incubation
  • Completes annual/semi-annual aseptic technique recertification and passes competency test
    • Completes electronic competency with score ≥ 90%
    • Completes one cycle of Hazardous and Non- Hazardous PPE donning/doffing with zero (0) standard work variances including one gloved fingertip test samples with zero (0 CFU) growth results after a 3 day incubation
    • Completion of aseptic media fill practical evaluation with zero (0) standard work variances including test media samples with zero (0) growth results after a 14 day incubation
  • Compliant to all dress code and PPE maintenance and associated CHOP Pharmacy SOPs
    • No make-up, artificial nails, nail polish, jewelry (including but not limited to rings, watches, ear/nose/facial piercings) can be worn while in the cleanroom
    • Appropriate attire in Sterile Product areas includes:
      • Scrub sets
      • Short-sleeved, collarless shirts
      • Full-length pants
      • Skirt or dress – NOTE: Stockings/hose MUST be worn with skirt or dress
      • Socks covering above ankle
    • Dons full personal protective equipment for the entirety of shift while in the cleanroom (PPE includes head and beard covers, face mask, gown or cover-all, shoe covers, sterile gloves)
      • PPE must cover all head and facial hair
      • PPE must be maintained throughout the work shift while in the cleanroom
  • Compliant to all aseptic technique work practices and associated CHOP Pharmacy SOPs
    • Cleaning, disinfection, and sanitization of laminar air flow hood (LAFH), equipment, and room at frequency defined USP 797 and CHOP SOPs
    • Cleaning all products and supplies with sporicidal cleaning/disinfecting agent prior to introduction across line of demarcation
    • Sanitizing all products and supplies with sterile 70% isopropyl alcohol prior to introduction into LAFH
    • Sanitizing gloves with 70% isopropyl alcohol prior to introduction into LAFH for dose preparation
    • Maintenance of “first air” to all critical sites during dose preparation
  • Maintain all required documentation for clean room operations including but not limited to:
    • Daily LAFH and work surface cleaning
    • Weekly sporicidal LAFH and work surface cleaning
    • Monthly sporicidal zone cleaning and inspection
    • Daily air pressure differential monitoring
    • Weekly eye wash hose functionality

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: High School diploma or GED

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience:

  • One (1) year Sterile products compounding

 

Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations:   

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT)

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Basic computer skills including use of Windows operating system and word processors
  • Calculation skills                                      

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Talent Acquisition

2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288 

Email:TalentAcquisition@email.chop.edu

 

 

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