The Pharmacy Department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute places emphasis on the values of reliability, professionalism, cooperation, teamwork, communication, positivity and inclusiveness. The Pharmacy Technician III, Infusion is responsible for providing technical support to pharmacy operations under the supervision of a
The Pharmacy Technician III, Infusion will staff in pharmacy locations/areas as required. Additional responsibilities may include regulatory and compliance duties and conducting the training and orientation processes of new pharmacy employees.
This position is 100% on-site.
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
Pharmacy Technician Duties:
- Practices as a pharmacy technician in accordance with all federal, state, DFCI and Joint Commission policies, regulations and standards.
- Fills medication orders according to policy, including proficiency with the most complex preparations.
- Ensures timely delivery of medication orders and/or supplies.
- Utilizes multiple systems such as EHR (Electronic Health Record, Inventory Management Systems and other systems to complete and document duties. Identify issues, troubleshoot and triage as necessary.
- Maintains the Pharmacy inventory: sorting, stocking, rotation of stock, expiration date checking and assessment of par-levels.
- Performs and documents quality control steps as required for safety and regulatory requirements.
- Performs cleaning of sterile and non-sterile areas of the pharmacy as assigned.
- Conducts the training and orientation of staff members in any area.
- Communicates and escalates issues or problems.
- Provides on-going support to more junior staff.
- Creates and/or revises training documentation and resources for staff education.
- May be assigned to cross-cover other locations or areas (e.g. materials management, outpatient, infusion, etc.).
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Infusion Technician Duties:
- Performs sterile and non-sterile compounding of predominately hazardous drugs in compliance with USP <795>, USP <797>, USP <800>, DFCI policies and procedures and, when applicable research protocols.
- Coordinates sterile compounding operations.
- May be assigned to cross-cover other infusion areas / locations or assigned to specialty areas such as Materials Management, Research or Pediatrics.
- Ensures compliance with requirements of medications within Research Protocols as assigned.
- Maintains and supports Automated Dispensing cabinets including Federal controlled substance retrieving from Return drawer.
- Stocking emergency medication as appropriate by site.
- Sets up and logs pharmacy batch compound products.
Site-Specific Infusion Technician Duties May Include:
- Provides ADS downtime support. Applicable to Chestnut Hill, Satellites and Pediatric.
- Coordinates management of inventory (e.g. ordering and receiving, par level adjustments, storage space allocation, and proper product labeling, drug shortage management, NDC maintenance). Applicable to Chestnut Hill, Satellites and Pediatric.
- Demonstrates proficiency in the coordinator role. Applicable to Longwood (Yawkey 5).
High School graduate or currently enrolled in an accredited entry-level degree program for Pharmacy or a
5 years of pharmacy technician experience, with at least 2 years of experience with sterile compounding including 1 year of hazardous compounding experience.
Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy Registration as a Pharmacy Technician requried. National Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCB or ExCPT) required. With ExCPT certification PTCB must be obtained within 1 year of hire date. For pharmacy technicians at our Londonderry or Merrimack Valley satellite locations, New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy Registration as a Pharmacy Technician required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Ability to accurately perform complex pharmaceutical calculations.
- Ability to utilize pharmacy technology systems.
- Full proficiency in aseptic technique and the compounding of sterile products.
- Full proficiency in compounding of non-sterile products.
- Ability to independently troubleshoot issues and assist in resolution or escalation to the appropriate resource.
- Ability to treat all others (fellow pharmacy staff, patients, nurses, providers, support personnel, etc.) with the utmost professionalism and respect.
- Ability to effectively work within a collaborative team-focused environment.
- Participate in department meetings and functions to promote a successful and efficient pharmacy workgroup.
- Ability to train and orient new staff.
- Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated critical thinking skills (ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment).
- Strong attention to detail.
At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong. As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff. Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.
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.