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Job Summary

Responsible for the purchasing and inventory functions with Specialty Pharmacy, of medications and shipping supplies from wholesaler and manufactures, and processing requests from Specialty Pharmacy team members.

Other responsibilities may include monitoring inventory levels to ensure accuracy, properly managing outdated prescriptions and recalls, stocking shelves, processing invoices, and physically performing inventory reconciliation. Maintaining perpetual inventory system, including database changes need for new drugs, price changes, substitutions, par level changes, etc. Analyzing and adjusting par levels as needed. Assisting pharmacists with steps needed to resolve issues related to drug shortages, including finding alternate acceptable supply sources, coordinating with clinical staff to manage limited available supply and/or alternate products.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Responsibilities*

Essential duties:

  • Complete inventory management tasks necessary to ensure product is available and ready to be selected for fulfillment of orders throughout daily operations.
  • Contribute to patient safety by ensuring product is in date, of validated pedigree, and stocked in accordance with high alert, look-alike, sound-alike, and hazardous substance handling procedures and/or practices.
  • Process all inventory returns in accordance with federal, state, and health system rules and regulations.
  • Communicate all product shortages to appropriate team members; work effectively and collaboratively to resolve product shortages with safe and efficacious substitutions / alternatives.
  • Collaborate and communicate with coworkers effectively.
  • Maximize work efficiency through the use of computers and other technologies as evidenced by proficient skill in accessing and entering accurate information necessary to perform job functions.  Maintain & contribute to accurate, updated, and comprehensive inventory software files.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient and proprietary information by observing legal and ethical guidelines for safeguarding the confidentiality of patient and proprietary information.
  • Maintain competency in all job functions.
  • Supports the department’s commitment to continuous improvement activities and principles through positive and respectful contribution in all problem-solving and change processes within the Department of Pharmacy Services.
  • Participates in department committees and work teams as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the safe and effective delivery of specialty pharmacy care.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received From:

  • Operations Manager of Specialty Pharmacy
  • Functional supervision is received from the Fulfillment Pharmacist Manager and Staff/Clinical pharmacists   

Required Qualifications*

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Current valid license as a pharmacy technician by the State of Michigan Board of Pharmacy, or eligibility to become licensed (refer to License and Certification section below).

Desired Qualifications*

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • Experience in the health care field and/or equivalent experience as a pharmacy technician or medical assistant
  • Computer / keyboard data entry skills and experience
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Purchasing and/or inventory management experience
  • Ability to multitask
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work closely as a team with other pharmacy employees

Licensure & Certification

The State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) requires all Pharmacy Technicians to be licensed. Newly hired pharmacy technicians must obtain a valid Michigan Pharmacy Technician License on or before their hire date.  This can include a Full Michigan Pharmacy Technician License or a Temporary Michigan Pharmacy Technician License. If a technician obtains a Temporary Michigan Pharmacy Technician License, they must obtain a Full Michigan Pharmacy Technician License within 1 year of hire date or before the Temporary Michigan Pharmacy Technician License expires, whichever is sooner, in order to maintain employment.  The Michigan Medicine Department of Pharmacy Services can provide coaching and additional information to support Technicians to become certified and licensed.  Please visit the Michigan LARA website for more information about Pharmacy Technician licensing: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600_72603_27529_27548-340669--,00.html

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.