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Pharmacy Technician Careers

Are you a people person? Do you love working as part of a team? A pharmacy technician career may be what you’re looking for.

According to Workopolis and Service Canada, Pharmacy Technicians and Assistants are expected to be one of the highest in demand careers in Canada. Pharmacy Technician career training at the National Academy of Health and Business is designed to prepare students for these tremendous career opportunities, training them to be knowledgeable and competent pharmacy assistants and helping with their job search.

Pharmacy Technician Job Duties

The responsibilities of a Pharmacy Technician are varied and may involve many different aspects of retail, industrial or institutional pharmacy settings, including: assisting the pharmacist in the day-to-day operation of the pharmacy; accepting verbal prescriptions; operate a pharmacy independetly; ordering and maintaining inventory; and dealing with clients on a one-to-one basis.

Pharmacy Technicians Help Pharmacists in:

  • Preparation of prescriptions — receiving a written prescription or request for prescription refill from the patient or representative
  • Ensuring completeness of information on prescription
  • Preparation of prescription labels
  • Retrieving, counting, pouring, weighing, measuring and mixing medications
  • Reconstituting medications
  • Selecting type of prescription container
  • Affixing prescription and auxiliary labels to prescription containers.
  • Pricing prescriptions
  • Filling prescriptions
  • Establishing and maintaining patient profiles repackaging and labeling of medications
  • Maintaining packaging and dispensing equipment
  • Replenishing medications for nursing units, night cupboards, emergency boxes and cardiac arrest kits
  • Preparing specialty products

Pharmacy Technician Clerical Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparing and reconciling third party billings
  • Preparing receipts, invoices, letters and memos and general filing
  • Generating long-term care data (i.e. medication administration record, medication review)
  • Maintaining drug information files
  • Billing appropriate department for medication
  • Receiving and sending electronic communication

Pharmacy Technician Communication Responsibilities:

  • Communicating with customers, physicians and suppliers
  • Questions relating to prescriptions, drug information, poison information or any health matter must be referred to the pharmacist

Pharmacy Technician Inventory Management Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring stock levels to ensure sufficient quantities for optimal operation
  • Preparing and placing orders from specified sources
  • Receiving and checking supplies purchased
  • Issuing supplies from the storeroom
  • Maintaining storage facilities
  • Maintaining inventory records, including those for narcotics and controlled drugs
  • Rotating stock and monitoring expiry dates
  • Identifying expired products for disposal, destruction or return to manufacturer
  • Pre-packaging of medications (including unit dose packaging)
  • Delivery of medications to institutional wards
  • Restocking of institutional wards with narcotics and controlled drugs

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