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Pharmacy Orderly


Pharmacy Orderly


Freddie Doe


Production Unit (PU)


Company ABC


City ABC


June 28, 2013

Approval Signatures: 


Incumbent                           Deputy General Manager


The Pharmacy Orderly is responsible for assisting the Pharmacy Technician produce medicines by following specific guidelines stipulated in the Standard Operating Procedures and/or worksheets.

In order to carry out these responsibilities, the Pharmacy Orderly prepares the pharmaceutical production area, helps the Pharmacy Technician mix raw materials, packs and labels finished medicines, and accounts for stocks in the stores.


Total ABC Staff:             52

Total Budget                  13,632,993,292

Total Revenues              13,937,536,891


The Pharmacy Orderly reports to the Production Pharmacist and receives direction and instructions verbally and through the daily production timetable, worksheet and procedure manuals. This position also receives written and verbal direction from the Pharmacy Technician.

There are no subordinates reporting to The Pharmacy Orderly.

There are other positions throughout Company ABC that provide direction or guidance to the Pharmacy Orderly:

  • Head of PMS: Technical issues
  • Senior Pharmacist/Deputy General Manager: Technical and personal issues
  • Head of Drug Information Unit: Communication and development
  • Head of Technical Services Department: Technical issues relating to machinery breakdowns


Freedom to Act:

This work of this position originates from the Drug Production Unit. Completed work is sent to the Production Pharmacist through Pharmacy Technician and is reviewed and approved by the Production Pharmacy Technician.

This position has the following procedures or manuals made available to the incumbent:

  • Procedures:
    • Repacking bulk supplies
  • Manuals:
    • Standard Operating Procedures
    • Worksheets
    • Machinery User Manuals


The position encounters frequent problems related to:

  • Inhalation of gases
  • Lifting of heavy chemical storage containers containing corrosive materials
  • Delays in acquiring items such as towels, protective wear that are necessary for carrying out the job

The most difficult problems this position encounters include:

  • Inhalation of gases

This position has access to a supervisor in order to resolve the following problem(s):

  • Breakdown of machinery
  • Lack of raw materials
  • Accidents when operating machines
  • Personal problems, sickness, loss of next of kin

This position has access to other employees in order to resolve the following problem(s):

  • Head of PMS - Technical problems
  • Senior Pharmacist/Personnel/Deputy General Manager - Technical and personal problems
  • Head of Technical Services Department - Technical issues relating to breakdown of machinery
  • Head of Procurement - Availability of raw materials (occasionally)


This position has contact with the following individuals, departments and/or external contacts on the following basis:

  • Head of PMS: to receive production orders from main store


  • Ensures that the production area is clean and ready for production in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):
    • Cleans/mops the production room and washes and disinfects all equipment and apparatus
  • Responsible for floor production of drugs as instructed by the Pharmacy Technician or following SOPs:
    • Mixes raw materials
    • Operates machinery
    • Cleans working equipment
    • Dispatches finished products to main store
  • Packs, repacks and labels finished pharmaceutical products as instructed by the Pharmacy Technician or following SOPs:
    • Cleans and disinfects packing containers bottles, jerry cans etc.
    • Packs finished pharmaceuticals
    • Repacks bulky supplies into smaller units
    • Codes labels, seeks approval from HOD, labels containers, and selects samples for quality assurance tests
  • Ensures that all machinery and apparatus are in good working condition:
    • Checks mechanical condition of machine(s)
    • Conduct minor and maintenance repairs as required
  • Conducts bi-annual stock taking:
    • Counts and weighs raw materials, packing materials and labels


The position requires the incumbent to offload pharmaceutical raw materials (25kg – 100 kg) twice a week and to dispense (i.e. lifting, scooping, pouring) pharmaceutical raw materials from containers into mixing bowls daily and constantly during an 8-hour workday. The incumbent also lifts machinery and/or equipment (10kg - 25kg – i.e. mortar connected to shaft is pushed up and down) daily and constantly during an 8-hour work day and stands and walks throughout the production and storage area (70 by 12 meters) daily and constantly during an 8-hour work day.
The incumbent is subjected daily to fumes from raw materials and finished products during a 10-hour workday and to extreme heat during the production process and the heating of materials for up to 4 hours daily. The position requires the incumbent to handle corrosive materials (acids and alkaline)  twice a week for up to 10 hours a day to submerse his/her hands in water (causing peeling of skin) daily and constantly during a 10-hour work day.
Stress is caused by the fear associated with the handling of highly corrosive materials (high levels of concentration). Pressure to meet tight production deadlines (14 days in a year) also causes increased levels of mental stress.


O-level/ training/ experience and internal promotion

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