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Medical And Administrative Responsibilities Of Pharmacy Technicians

September 24, 2013 General 0 Comments

Responsibilities Of Pharmacy TechniciansIf you’ve ever picked up a prescription at a pharmacy, you’ve probably met a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy technicians play an important role in the pharmacy. They assist the pharmacist by handling a diverse range of tasks, working with medications, technology, patients and more.

The types of tasks performed by pharmacy technicians can be divided into two categories. See how pharmacy technicians balance medical and administrative responsibilities.

The Medical Responsibilities of Pharmacy Technicians

Dispensing medications safely and effectively to patients is the primary duty of both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. In a busy pharmacy setting, pharmacy technicians may have to:

  • Count or measure the correct amounts of medications
  • Compound, or mix, medications such as ointments
  • Package prescriptions and create labels
  • Work closely with doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals

Once a pharmacy technician has prepared a prescription, the pharmacist is required to check his or her work.

The Administrative Responsibilities of Pharmacy Technicians

Besides developing a detailed knowledge of pharmaceutical drugs and practices, pharmacy technicians build a set of office skills that are very useful in the healthcare business. Some of the duties they often perform include:

  • Track and maintain inventory
  • Manage patient records
  • Answer phone calls
  • Help process insurance claim
  • Ring up patients
  • Answer patient questions

These tasks show that pharmacy technicians are versatile, applying their organizational and customer service skills as well as their proficiency with technology.   

The Pharmacy Technician’s Work Environment

Pharmacy technicians usually work in pharmacies in hospitals or in the community, such as in drugstores. Since the different types of pharmacies provide different services, the responsibilities of pharmacy technicians can vary depending on the setting.

Those who work in a hospital, for example, could work with more types of pharmaceuticals, such as intravenous medications, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

See how you could explore opportunities in the pharmacy by learning more about pharmacy technician training at Brown College.

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