Investigational Drug Services (IDS) Pharmacy Tech - Inpatient Pharmacy (1.0 FTE, Days)

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Category: Pharmacy
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 17380
FTE: 1


1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Pharmacy IDS Technician supports investigational pharmacists, research investigators and study coordinators for the Investigational Drug Service (IDS) at LPCH. Under the supervision of the IDS Pharmacist, the role is responsible for overseeing the investigational drug inventory, including record keeping, ordering and receiving products, tracking expiration dates, processing drug returns and destruction after study closure. The role will also perform both sterile and non-sterile investigational drug compounding, assist with distribution, and provide support to the IDS pharmacist in conducting audits and ensuring compliance with related investigational regulatory requirements.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Receives investigational drug products from various study drug sponsors via various carriers/couriers and confirms correct product received.

  • Documents inventory transactions in investigational drug studies drug accountability systems.

  • Assists with data entry, uploaded study related documents in drug accountability software and onto sponsor¿s EDC site when required.

  • Processes damaged, expired, or dispensed products for returns.

  • Distributes and stocks in appropriate storage space.

  • Assists with maintaining the inventory of drugs and supplies, and confirming inventory counts and checking expiration dating.

  • Assists with preparing invoices for billing.

  • Under the supervision of the IDS pharmacist, assists with internal auditing of drug dispensing records to ensure compliance and identify and escalate any discrepancies to the IDS pharmacist.

  • Monitors refrigerators and freezers temperatures and other environmental controls as required for drug storage. Identify and escalate to facilities to address and resolve any environmental issues.

  • Assists with compiling inventory or environmental reports for sponsors or regulatory requirements.

  • Fills prescriptions or performs sterile and non-sterile compounding investigational of study drugs.

  • Prepares and packages investigational drugs for shipping.

  • Assists with medication reconciliation of IDS agents.

  • Delivers IP to the unit and/or to the patient when required.

  • Submits drug destruction information to the sponsor by providing EH&S waste manifest tracking report.

  • Assists IDS pharmacist with site initiation and monitoring visits.

  • Trains technician staff  and ensures competency by auditing and/or providing just in time feedback for accuracy.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent.

Experience: Two (2) years of directly related experience.

License/Certification: (CPhT) - Licensed as a Pharmacy Technician and Certified Pharmacy Technician credential issued by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, clearly and concisely with emphasis on customer service.

  • Ability to demonstrates PCARES and interacts professionally and appropriately with other healthcare professionals. 

  • Ability to adapt to and deal with change and ambiguity.

  • Ability to perform routine mathematical calculations; weighing, measuring and documentation with accuracy.

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, work independently and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to solve problems and identify solutions.

  • Ability to apply judgment and make informed decisions.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced work environment.

  • Ability to work with devices, information systems, automated and technical equipment utilized in pharmacy.

  • Understand nomenclature of receiving documents/manifest /invoice/packing slip including shipped/recall/return

  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulatory requirements related to areas of functional responsibility.

  • Knowledge of Medical terminology and abbreviations.

  • Knowledge of methods and procedures involved in proper handling and storing of pharmaceutical supplies.

  • Knowledge of proper handling and disposal of hazardous medications


 Physical Requirements and Working Conditions


The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Pay Range

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $74,110.40 to $83,137.60

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.