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Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians

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Pharmacy Technicians Description

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Pharmacy Technicians Related Job Titles

Accredited Pharmacy Technician, Billing and Quality Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Compounding Technician, Drug Coordinator, Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT), Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech), Pharmacist Assistant, Pharmacist Technician, Pharmacy Laboratory Technician, Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech), Pharmacy Technologist, Senior Pharmacy Technician, Technician, Technician, Inventory Specialist,


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Pharmacy Technicians Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
  • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.
  • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.
  • Restock intravenous (IV) supplies and add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions to prepare IV packs for various uses, such as chemotherapy medication.
  • Supply and monitor robotic machines that dispense medicine into containers and label the containers.
  • Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records.
  • Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.
  • Price stock and mark items for sale.
  • Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.

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