Pharmacy Technician – (Inpatient or outpatient) Jobs at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Martinsburg, WV (On-site)

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The incumbent serves as a Pharmacy Technician in the Outpatient Section of Pharmacy Service, VA Medical Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia. Under professional direction, incumbent performs a variety of non-professional functions responsible for the safe and effective operation of Pharmacy Service. There are positions available in inpatient and, also outpatient.

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There are positions available in inpatient and, also outpatient. Both have similar roles and responsibilities below:

The technician selects the appropriate guidelines and applies personal judgment when guides do not specifically apply, referring only unusual developments or the more difficult questions to the supervisor or the pharmacist in charge.

  • Matches and organizes prescription labels from the printer with its corresponding paperwork.
  • Fills prescriptions for the Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Domiciliary patients, and for mail out.
  • Preparing and filling of outpatient orders for controlled substances. Properly labeling and packaging of prescriptions in preparation for verification by a pharmacist.
  • Maintains database for contracted delivery service, prepares packages for shipping from outpatient pharmacy to patients. Provide controlled substance training
  • Accesses state prescription monitoring programs online as necessary to monitor patients’ adherence to pain medication contracts.
  • Conducts daily inventory, resolving discrepancies as necessary and reporting such to pharmacy supervisor for follow up. Interacts with inspectors, assisting with the inventory, review of invoices and VISTA reports.
  • Monitors controlled substance stock levels, maintaining an appropriate level of inventory
  • Must be familiar with using Pharmacy Service computer applications for entering prescription information, answering patient’s questions concerning mail outs, expiration of prescriptions, number of refills, return to stock, narrative notations, and address changes/information.
  • Receives oral instructions from the supervisor relative to time allotted for completion of work and possible problems.
  • Able to talk to veterans in courteous manner and inform of Pharmacy procedures.
  • Performs all allied duties such as cleaning equipment and tools
  • Knowledgeable of Pharmacy stock procedures, assuring that accepted items are properly stored and that stock is rotated. Consistently checks stock for expiration date.
  • Participates in drug and medical supply inventories and recognizes drug shortages and overstock.
  • Recognizes product changes (brand, company, or generic) and relays information to Pharmacy personnel.
  • Answers the telephone and solve problems.
  • Performs Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) queries and documents queries for provider review in CPRS using a templated note.


  • Responsible for filling and delivering the unit dose medication carts
  • Must be able to accurately read and calculate pre-exchange dosages to be dispensed.
  • Reviews, separates & returns unit dose medications as appropriate to the proper bins at the medication picking stations.
  • Performs final verification of cart fill unit dose orders (tech-check-tech)
  • Operates all automated unit dose packing equipment. Must be able to perform minor repairs on the system when needed & perform daily cleaning & maintenance. Must maintain an inventory of pre-packed unit doses for stocking at unit dose picking stations. Required to generate pick lists
  • Must be knowledgeable with the BCMA concept and understand its application within the scope of duties. Must be able to print BCMA labels/affix them
  • Assembles & calculates dosages of sterile compounded medications, able to reconstitute & add the appropriate diluents or stock solutions & clean the laminar flow hoods.
  • Prepares piggybacks, large volumes, TPNs and chemotherapy
  • Adhere to aseptic technique in processing all compounded sterile product orders. Delivers & appropriately stores IVs on the proper wards & units. Able to compound and/or reconstitute oral and external medications (non-sterile).
  • Responsible for replenishing medication in crash carts and other emergency use kits
  • Record all pertinent information on the appropriate inventory sheet.
  • Able to compile a restock sheet from ADC-generated reports to assimilate stock items for daily restocking

Work Schedule: Varied shifts M-F to be discussed during interview, Will also work some weekends and holidays as needed in rotation

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Authorized

Telework schedules: Not authorized

Virtual work schedules: Not authorized

FLSA: Exempt

BU Status: NOT BU

Recruitment Incentives: NOT authorized

Relocation Expenses: NOT authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: NOT required

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses: will not be paid

PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not authorized

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.

Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years’ vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA.

Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement).



Conditions of Employment

  • If selected a complete and current 10-2850C Application for Associated Health Occupations will be required
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination which will include lab draws.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required-Federal jobs are covered under Drug Free work place pursuant to Executive Order 12564; Reasonable suspicion testing is authorized in non-drug testing designated positions; All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Resume/CV required Resume: Your resume should include the following information for each job that you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status (include hours worked per week).
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation is a condition of employment – See “Additional Information” below for details.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
  • Time in grade is NOT required
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.


DH Area of Consideration (AOC) for Referrals: 1st consideration: Current Facility VA employees, 2nd Consideration: All others based on OIG Hard to recruit and retain list FY 2023. After comparing the OIG report and VHA workforce planning cycle findings, VHA requested and received approval from the Secretary to waive Veterans’ preference for 12 hybrid title 38 occupations for FY 2023. The provisions of 38 U.S.C.

  • 7412 do not supersede the terms of local/national labor master agreements.

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. [EVIDENCE OF THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE DOCUMENTED IN YOUR RESUME and/or A COPY OF YOUR DIPLOMA MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION]
  • Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Incumbent must possess technical knowledge of drugs and medication brand names, generic names, chemical names, general and special storage requirements, manufacturer and distributor source, dosage forms, applicable systems of weights and measures, and medical terminology in order to interpret physicians’ orders and verify correct drug, dosage form, strength and dose is prepared and dispensed. Also needs working knowledge of hospital computer system. The incumbent must possess a current pharmacy technician certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for this position.

Pharmacy Technician, GS-6

Experience. One year experience at the next lower level and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
  • Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
  • Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.
  • Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example, assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician, Qualification Standard, GS-0661, Veterans Health Administration.

Physical Requirements: VA Directive and Handbook 5019.The physical demands of the work includes: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; light lifting, under 15 pounds; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing up to 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, good dexterity (both hands required); walking, up to 4 hours; standing, 6 hours prolonged; kneeling; repeated bending; climbing, use of legs and arms; operation of vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; specific visual requirement, ability to read fine print on labels; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); clear speech; and emotional stability. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in a patient care setting; adequately lighted, temperature controlled, and ventilated. Office temperatures fluctuate periodically; involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as clinics, offices, meeting and training rooms or libraries; exposure to noise and dust on occasion. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

DH Area of Consideration (AOC) for Referrals: 1st consideration: Current Facility VA employees, 2nd Consideration: All others based on OIG Hard to recruit and retain list FY 2023. After comparing the OIG report and VHA workforce planning cycle findings, VHA requested and received approval from the Secretary to waive Veterans’ preference for 12 hybrid title 38 occupations for FY 2023. The provisions of 38 U.S.C.

  • 7412 do not supersede the terms of local/national labor master agreements.

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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