Few jobs are as under appreciated and yet so critical as that of a pharmacy technician. Without pharmacy technicians, a licensed pharmacist would be far too busy with details to competently perform his job. Pharmacy technicians dispense prescription drugs and medical devices, instruct patients and their use, perform administrative duties and record keeping which are critical to the smooth operation of a pharmacy.
The pharmacy tech must be able to pay attention to detail to ensure that drug prescriptions are properly filled. Mistakes in the pharmacy and create extremely dangerous situations for patients, and the pharmacy technician is in a position to ensure that these do not happen.
Thanks to hours of training, and certification requirements, most pharmacy technicians are more than capable of performing their duties.
In addition to filling prescriptions, pharmacy technicians do a lot of the administrative work required in a pharmacy. Meticulous records are required to be Of all the drugs that pass through a pharmacy and the pharmacy technicians are frequently the people responsible for keeping these records.
Pharmacy Tech Duties
A pharmacy tech is able to perform nearly all the duties that a licensed pharmacist does. They are a critical part of any busy pharmacy.
Upon completing training and becoming a certified pharmacy technician, a pharmacy tech is able to work in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and for insurance company pharmacies.
Pharmacy techs are trained to dispense prescription drugs and medical devices. In addition they instruct patients in the proper use of their prescription drugs, side effects to be on the lookout for, and to be aware of any possible interactions with foods or other medications which they may be on.
Beyond administering prescriptions, they also perform administrative duties. They often inventory over-the-counter drugs, put new drug supplies on the shelves, ensuring that the older drugs are available first.
Often a pharmacy tech interacts with insurance companies to ensure that the pharmacy is being properly compensated.
Pharmacy techs perform an important function in keeping the pharmacies where they are employed running smoothly and safely.
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