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4 Instruments Used By Pharmacy Technicians

September 4, 2013 General 0 Comments

Instruments Used By Pharmacy TechniciansHave you ever thought about the workload of a pharmacy technician? It’s bigger than you might have guessed.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians must be able to:

  • Take information needed to fill a prescription from customers or healthcare professionals
  • Count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions
  • Compound or mix medications
  • Package and label prescriptions

They are also responsible for routine pharmacy tasks, such as working with customers and answering phone calls.

If you’re interested in pharmacy technology, you probably know that technicians use machines and instruments to help them manage their workload. Familiarizing yourself with these instruments can help you become more knowledgeable, more efficient and more accurate. Read to find out more about these four important machines.

1. Autoclave

This is an important machine for keeping a pharmacy clean and running efficiently. Pharmacy technicians use the autoclave to sterilize their equipment and tools. The autoclave ensures that there is no cross-contamination between drugs. It also stops the spread of germs.

The machine cleans the tools with high-pressure steam that creates a temperature of more than 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Liquid-Filling Machines

Pharmacy technicians can use these machines to automatically fill liquid prescriptions, such as cough syrup. The machine measures out the right amount to accurately fill vials and bottles for customers.

3. Tablet-Counting Machine

The primary job of a pharmacy technician is to help the pharmacist fill medical prescriptions. These prescriptions are most often for pills – making the tablet-counting machine one of the most crucial tools for day-to-day work at a pharmacy.

The machine counts pills quickly and accurately by using a vibrating plate to drop pills onto a scale until the desired amount is reached. This saves you time because you don’t have to count the pills by hand.

4. Tablet Hardness Tester

Another important machine for pill prescriptions is a tablet hardness tester machine, which is a handheld device that measures the hardness and friability, or fragility, of tablets.

Hardness is among the five essential tablet qualities to test (along with thickness, width, diameter and weight) and it is important to test because it allows pharmacists to gauge the ability of a tablet to avoid breaking apart during transportation.

Interested in working with these machines to assist pharmacists? Learn how you can contribute to this important industry at Brown College today.


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