Saturday, April 05, 2008

Pharmacy Technicians

I admit that I do take our pharmacists and their assistants for granted since they do not "work" at the forefront of a clinic or hospital. Nevertheless, a pharmacy technician is a very valuable personnel that assists licensed pharmacists, either in retail or mail-order pharmacies, or in hospitals. These pharmacy tech helps provide medication and other healthcare products to patients.

Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They will be verifying the accuracy of the prescriptions received, prepare the prescription, which could include counting pills, or weighing, measuring, or mixing the medication. Once the prescription is filled, the technician will price and file it, and it must be checked by an accredited physician before it is given to a patient. In this setting technologists may also prepare insurance claim forms, stock, and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications. They indeed perform many tasks behind the counter so to speak.

If you are still not convinced of the importance of these pharmacy technicians, a brief look at the pharmacy technician salary may tell you otherwise. So the conclusion of the matter is, not only I will appreciate these pharmacy technicians from now on but I would recommend this as a career choice as well.

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