Pharmacy technicians work with pharmacists and customers, handling prescriptions, patient records, and medication. A pharmacy technician fills out prescriptions by weighing, counting, and measuring medications as indicated by the pharmacist.
Most pharmacy technicians spend a great deal of time behind the counter of a pharmacy, meeting and dealing with their customer’s requirements. In addition they are sometimes expected to deal with deliveries and storage of items which may involve some heavy lifting and use of ladders while moving boxes and other containers that are delivered to the pharmacy. A pharmacy technician may be employed as the sole assistant to a pharmacist in a small pharmacy or as part of a team of technicians in a larger pharmacy.
Pharmacy technicians may be expected to maintain odd-hours if the pharmacy they work in operates on a 24-hour basis. In addition pharmacy technicians may also be required to work shifts at night or on weekends.
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- Korey J, LVN, SBBCollege Graduate 2011