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Pharmacy Technician Schools

Pharmacy technicians may be in demand by retail pharmacies, grocery and department stores, and in many other locations. Pharmacy technicians may help pharmacists by locating the right medicine to fill a prescription, counting the exact dosage, correctly adding medicinal labels and warnings to medicine bottles, and more. Technicians may also be responsible for completing administrative tasks in the pharmacy, such as keeping up-to-date paperwork, answering phones and patient questions, or processing patient's prescriptions and payment plans.

What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

Pharmacy technicians may work under the supervision of a pharmacist in a variety of environments to assist in the filling of prescriptions and consumer needs, as according to company guidelines. Pharmacy technicians may choose to work in retail pharmacies, assisted living facilities, or nursing homes. The responsibilities may vary from position to position and place. 

In the retail pharmacy setting, a pharmacy technician may handle:

  • Taking prescriptions from the consumer and ensuring their accuracy
  • Processing the prescription either by manually entering it into the database or scanning it
  • Filling the prescription
    • Counting the correct number of pills
    • Making sure the dosage is correct
    • Printing the label
    • Handing the filled prescription over to the customer
  • Answering any questions the customer may have

The pharmacist may check over the technicians work to ensure the medication has been properly filled and handled before it reaches the consumer, and may also be on call if the customer has any questions about the medication the pharmacy tech cannot answer. If at any point questions arise about the prescription in terms of legibility or comprehension, the pharmacy tech must follow up with the prescribing physician to ensure the accuracy of the medication, dosage, and information to keep the patient safe.

Other responsibilities may include cashiering from time to time; rotating medication stock to ensure older medication gets used before its expiration, ordering and handling supplies, keeping over-the-counter medication fresh, and dealing with health insurance companies and claims. Though some may consider this as busy work, a pharmacy technician who does these jobs helps keep the pharmacy running smoothly and the pharmacist available to consumers.


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            Pharmacy Technician (11-Month Diploma Program)
            UEI College , Bakersfield
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