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This is specialized and limited technical work in a hospital pharmacy.
Work involves performing a variety of limited technical duties such as packaging unit doses, preparing intravenous fluids for nursing units, and related tasks under the close supervision of a pharmacist. Detailed instructions are received at the beginning of employment and on new assignments; however, as experience is gained, employees in this class perform limited technical duties with less supervision. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion for conformance to established standards.


Assists in the instruction and supervision of technical personnel engaged in the preparation and usage of pharmaceutical compounds and equipment.

Assists in the design and preparation of specialized or individualized dosage forms.

Fills prescriptions or requisitions under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.

Prepares and maintains reports and records.

Supervises and participates in inventory procedures regarding the labeling, stocking, recording, issuing, and security of pharmaceutical supplies and equipment.

Supervises and participates in the maintenance of the compressed gas system.

Provides analysis and advice regarding technical problems relating to specialized or routine dosage forms.

Provides information to professional students, faculty, and clients regarding supplies inventories, laboratory equipment, and dosage formulations.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school; experience with pharmaceuticals, including some experience in a hospital pharmacy; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of hospital pharmacy operation.

Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques used in laboratory/pharmaceutical manufacturing work.

Considerable problem solving skills.

Knowledge of advanced chemistry and biology as related to pharmaceutical preparation.

Knowledge of the rules, regulations, practices, and health and safety standards governing the preparation and usage of pharmaceutical supplies and equipment.

Ability to perform difficult and complex tasks with minimal supervision.

Ability to compound, under supervision of a superior, a wide variety of drugs and pharmaceuticals.

Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students, patients, and the general public.



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