Pharmacy Technicians help licensed Pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals and support them by performing administrative tasks. They are employed by retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
A Pharmacy Technician who works in hospitals and other medical facilities is in charge of preparing a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medicines. They may also make rounds in the medical facility they work for, giving medications to patients.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Pharmacy Technicians are required to complete.
- Greeting patients and customers.
- Assisting Pharmacists with their daily tasks:
- Doing inventories of medications and keeping prescription records of pharmaceutical products;
- receiving verbal and non-verbal prescriptions from practitioners and ensuring that prescriptions are authentic;
- taking the information needed to fill a prescription from a customer;
- ensuring the information on the clients’ prescriptions is accurate, entering the client’s information in computer systems, and preparing the corresponding medications;
- dispensing the prescriptions accurately;
- handling customer prescription pick-up;
- compounding oral solutions, ointments, and creams;
- receiving payment from customers;
- billing third-party insurers;
- transferring prescriptions to and receiving them from other pharmacies;
- performing other duties as assigned (e. g. maintaining product displays); and
- helping with scheduling and workflow when necessary.
- Making sure that customers or hospital patients get the right medicines and treatments in the right doses:
- Recording patients’ histories related to medicinal use;
- assisting Clinical Pharmacists as required;
- distributing medications to patient care areas, using automated dispensing cabinets and central pharmacy automation;
- preparing dose drug distribution, including the preparation and delivery of IV medications;
- directing patient’s queries to the corresponding medical department accordingly;
- maintaining the medical institute’s drug inventory control system and keeping appropriate records in compliance with pharmacy regulations and established procedures; and
- completing insurance forms and working with insurance companies to ensure that patients get the medicines they need.
- Assisting the Pharmacist during health checks, helping during procedures such as pregnancy tests, checking cholesterol and blood pressure, and screening for diabetes.
- Assisting with Cashier responsibilities as required in the pharmacy.
- Carrying out administrative and bookkeeping tasks when required.
- Complying with company or hospital standard operating procedures, policies, professional standards, and applicable laws and regulations.
- Staying updated on pharmacy regulations, treatments, and developments.
- Taking the information needed to fill a prescription from customers or other health professionals.
- Measuring the correct amounts of medication for prescriptions.
- Packaging and labelling prescriptions.
- Carrying out inventory and informing Pharmacists about any shortages of medications or supplies.
- Accepting payment for prescriptions and processing insurance claims, if any.
- Entering customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a digital database.
- Answering phone calls from customers or vendors.
- Arranging for customers to speak with Pharmacists in case they have questions about certain medications or health matters.
The average Pharmacy Technician salary is $44,855 per year or $23 per hour. This is around 1.4 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $31,000 while most experienced workers make up to $63,000. These results are based on 234 salaries extracted from job descriptions.