Baxter International Inc. provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-centre dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; biosurgery products and anaesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s 50,000 employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.
At our two Compounding Units in Deansgrange and Sandyford in Dublin, we prepare prescribed fluids and drugs for individual patients for despatch to hospitals or directly to the patient’s home. The units consist of cleanrooms with supporting areas and are run in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) criteria.
Hospital pharmacists submit orders for products directly to the order departments in both units. The role of the Pharmacy Technician is to carry out the tasks associated with aseptic compounding in the company’s grade A isolator environment in accordance with Standard Operating Practices overseen by the Quality Department.
The role demands a well-organised approach to work, underpinned by the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels, verbally and in writing. Reliability, IT literacy and the ability to plan and complete projects to set timelines is essential.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
§ Manufacturing chemotherapy, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and antibiotic pharmaceuticals in a clean-room environment using barrier isolator technology in accordance with procedures and regulations;
§ Operation of gas sterilisation units for the sterilisation of isolators;
§ Environmental monitoring of the clean-room facility;
§ Assisting in process and equipment validation in accordance with procedures and regulations;
§ Observation and active promotion of Good Manufacturing Practices;
§ Liaising with Customer Services and Warehousing on goods inwards and delivery related issues;
§ Facility Monitoring (fridges, isolator physical parameters, pressure differentials, incubators);
§ Stocking and maintenance of changing rooms and other ancillary areas;
§ Stock maintenance in Grade D preparation areas;
§ Tray assembly (assembly of products required for manufacture);
§ Tray assembly checking (verification of assembled items for manufacture);
§ Transfer sanitization to Grade D and Grade C clean-rooms;
§ CIVAS worksheet, label generation and checking;
§ Cleaning of clean-room wall hatches;
§ Cleaning of isolators, integrity checking and pressure gauge checking;
§ Transfer sanitization into Isolators
§ Volume and in-process checking;
§ Environmental monitoring of isolators;
§ Liaising with the Quality department on quality-related issues including maintaining and development of GMP within the manufacturing area.
The Pharmacy Technician is required to always:
§ Work in accordance with standard operating procedures and good manufacturing practices;
§ Work within his or her own competency;
§ Identify his or her training needs;
§ Undertake tasks as assigned by the line manager;
§ Follow health and safety regulations;
§ Observe company rules and procedures.
Qualifications and Experience
§ Diploma or Degree in Science or a healthcare-related discipline;
§ Previous experience in a GMP healthcare production environment or experience of aseptic pharmaceutical production gained in a hospital or industrial setting.
Personal Attributes and Skills
§ Analytical and meticulous approach to resolving problems;
§ Highly attentive to detail;
§ Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment;
§ Ability to prioritize the daily work schedule;
§ Adaptable to carrying out different tasks based on the daily scheduling of staff;
§ Establish and maintain good working and interpersonal relationships
§ Can cope effectively with pressure and setbacks and maintain commitment in spite of issues that arise;
§ Calm under pressure;
§ Interested in learning new technologies and practices;