Pharmacy Technician Healthcare program California AcademyPharmacy TechnicianA pharmacy technician will assist pharmacists in their daily tasks. They are directly involved with the receiving and dispensing of prescriptions to clients. A PT works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The pharmacy technicians role is important in helping maintain medication safety.

The most common places of employment for a pharmacy tech is in retail pharmacies, hospitals, or nursing homes.

Common duties in a retail pharmacy may include:

  • Receiving prescriptions both over the phone and in person
  • Entering prescriptions into the computer database
  • Dispensing medications
  • Assisting clients at checkout
  • Working with insurance companies
  • Maintaining inventory

Additional duties in a hospital setting may include:

  • Delivering medications to patients
  • Reading patient charts
  • Working closely with nursing staff to properly prepared and package medications.
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