Pharmacy Technicians help Pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They mainly work in retail pharmacies and hospitals. Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. In most states, technicians can compound or mix some medications and call physicians for prescription refill authorizations. Technicians also may need to operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders.

Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:

  • Read prescriptions and prepare medications for dispensing to patients.
  • Make sterile IV solutions for patients in hospital settings using aseptic technique.
  • Assist customers by answering phones and questions.
  • Locate items.
  • Refer questions to a pharmacist, when necessary.
  • Establish and maintaining patient profiles and prepare and process insurance claims and records.
  • Maintaining robotic dispensing machines and other pharmacy equipment.
  • Calculate and record charges for medication or equipment dispensed to patients.
  • Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.
  • Understand prescriptions drugs; what they are used for, side effects, and dosage forms.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

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