What is a Pharmacy Technician?

A pharmacy technician is a pharmacy health care worker who works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They normally work in retail pharmacies or hospital pharmacies, but there can be a few other options such as health insurance companies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, nursing homes, or the federal government. Requirements for becoming a pharmacy tech vary from state to state. More and more states and employers are mandating certification, which is done through either the Pharmacist Technician Certification Board or the National Healthcareer Association.

What does a pharmacy technician do?

  • Help patients with prescription drop-offs and pick-ups.
  • Preparing and dispensing prescription medications.
  • Compounding of prescription medications.
  • Contact insurance companies regarding payment claims.
  • Create and update patient profiles in the computer.
  • Provide advice on over-the-counter medications.
  • Complete the inventory and place orders.
  • Contact doctors offices to get refill authorizations.
  • Verify that customers receive the correct prescription.

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