Salary: $16.79-$20.49 hourly / $2,920-$3,564 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under direct supervision of a registered pharmacist,
prepares, packages, and distributes medications; performs clerical
duties related to the operation of a pharmacy; and performs other
related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the
Pharmacy Assistant class in that incumbents are authorized to
perform routine tasks related to the filling of prescriptions,
including tasks requiring the physical handling, counting, mixing,
and packaging of pharmaceuticals. All of the Technician's work
related to the filling of prescriptions must be reviewed and
approved by a registered pharmacist.
This class is further distinguished from the class of Pharmacist in
that incumbents may not interpret prescriptions or perform any
discretionary tasks related to the filling of prescriptions that
must be performed by a registered pharmacist.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Selects drugs from stock for preparation; counts, pours, or mixes
pharmaceuticals; places pharmaceutical products in appropriate
containers and affixes labels to containers; packages and repackages
pharmaceuticals to other clinics.
2. Monitors prescription inventory for expired pharmaceuticals that
must be returned to manufacturer; receives and prices incoming
pharmaceuticals; verifies invoices and statements.
3. Receives prescriptions and obtains information from patients at
pharmacy window to determine financial class and eligibility; using
a computerized system, enters prescription data to create a patient
profile and prescription label; prepares and maintains patient
profile with notations for pharmacist's review; performs clerical
accounting duties related to billing and eligibility.
4. Answers telephone and takes messages for patient refill requests
and related pharmacy business; maintains the pharmacy in a clean and
orderly condition; performs data entry for the Pathway billing and
MIA Medi-Cal re-billing.
1. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Pharmacy
Technician issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.
Additional Requirement: Registration must be kept valid throughout
the term of employment as a Pharmacy Technician.
General knowledge of: pharmacy practices and procedures; clerical
and recordkeeping practices and procedures, including patient
billing; drug names and generic equivalents; pharmaceutical dosage
forms and strengths; common medical terms and abbreviations; units
Ability to: operate a computer and learn the department's computer
system; learn and apply eligibility requirements; learn and use
department's billing procedures; read physicians' prescription
orders; perform simple arithmetical computations, measurements, and
conversions; maintain confidentiality; perform detailed work.