Job Description

Job Title: Pharmacy Assistant
Job ID: 764712
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: Casual daylight hours
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Pharmacy
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


The Pharmacy Assistant provides pharmaceutical care to patients within the UPMC Health System by primarily assisting with the organization, stocking, and distribution of medications while under the direct supervisor of a licensed pharmacist. The Pharmacy Assistant services are provided in compliance with Department of Health, The Joint Commission, and State Board of Pharmacy regulations.

  • Conducts Unit Inspections: - Under supervision of pharmacist, conducts monthly unit inspections of designated areas of units and pharmacy. - Evaluates bi-weekly unit floor stock items and replenishes. - Performs expiration removal according to procedure.
  • Distribution: Develop and maintain positive and productive service relationship during medication distribution process.
  • Distribution: Participate in the distribution of medication including medication cassettes, emergency medication carts and the delivery of controlled substances per department policy and state and federal requirements.
  • Distribution: Retrieve medications that have been discontinued and return (and credits if necessary) them to the appropriate pharmacy area
  • Filling: Assist in filling medication orders through correct labeling, counting and stocking practices. Initial and date products as required.
  • Filling: Assist in the preparation of the proper oral medications for the correct patient for administration at the appropriate time. Use proper technique in the preparation of medications.
  • General: Develop and maintain a clean, organized, and adequately stocked work environment.
  • General: Ensure that all medications in all areas have been safely and securely stored according to Department of Health, The Joint Commission, and State Board of Pharmacy regulations.
  • General: Maintain all pertinent documentation as required. This includes eye wash logs, refrigerator logs, perpetual inventory logs etc.
  • General: Practice appropriate hand hygiene both in the pharmacy and in the units.
  • General: Provide and received information (via telephone, person-to-person, or written) to hospital personnel, patients and visitors. Refer all drug information questions to Staff Pharmacists.
  • General: Use computer skills to process and maintain all patient information and records.
  • General: comply with Federal and State laws such as HIPAA, regulations such as OSHA, and PBM contracting requirements such as FWA and CMS.
  • General: finalize sales using cash register, follow proper cash handling policies and procedures
  • Intern Duties: - Assist with evaluating compliance with JCAHO standards. - Complete quarterly measures to ensure compliance with JCAHO standards. - Participate in the formulary review process. - Assist with the evaluation of medication errors and adverse event experiences. - Assist with other project work as assigned.
  • Inventory Control: - Reviews pharmacy inventory on an ongoing basis. - Orders supplies as necessary via HC Central and puts away when delivered. - Rotates stock based on expiration date. - Repackages unit dose medications according to procedure. - Documents backordered and discontinued items. - Prepares and sends returns to HC Central. - Able to cross bill internal institutions for borrowed medication. - Follows all processes related to the inventory initiative.
  • Other Technical Duties: - Documents patient medications on a routine basis. - Compounds capsules for research protocols according to policy and under supervision of pharmacist. - Other Technical duties as assigned.
  • Preparation of Narcotic Medications: - Accurately fills AcuDose restock requests for narcotics. - Accurately and completely documents all activities regarding narcotic agents. - Assists in resolving narcotic discrepancies.
  • Preparation of Sterile Products: - Completes annual departmental certification program. - Prepares sterile intravenous products according to department policy. - Conducts environmental testing as assigned. - Cleans barrier isolator and documents this activity weekly. - Maintains cleanliness of barrier isolator on a regular basis.
  • Prepares Medication: - Under supervision of pharmacist, accurately fills physician orders and delivers medications to units. - Exchanges unit cassettes. - Reviews census. - Maintains cleanliness of cassettes and pharmacy area medication carts
  • Utilization of Computer Systems: - Understanding of utilizing Pharmnet - order review, refilling medications, replacing missing medications. - Accurately credits/debits patient profiles via Pharmnet & Connect-Rx. - Utilize HSL Online for identifying patient medications, and printing patient information. - Utilizes email effectively.


Completion of high school diploma or equivalent required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $13.31 to $20.87 / hour

Union Position: No

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