Q: What is a pharmacy tech?
Marla Ahlgrimm: A pharmacy technician is an individual that assists a pharmacist in many ways. They might work to dispense medications, receive controlled and non-controlled substances, and, in some cases, manually fill prescriptions. A pharmacy assistant might also take inventory of refrigerated and non-refrigerated items, medical supplies, and nutritional supplements.
Q: Who do they report to?
Marla Ahlgrimm: A pharmacy technician reports directly to the pharmacist. They might also report to a pharmacy manager or, in the case of a small pharmacy, the business owner.
Q: What is the most important part of a pharmacy tech’s job?
Marla Ahlgrimm: By far, the most important duty a pharmacy technician performs is confirming that the medications he or she fills are correct. Further, this individual is also responsible for reporting any materials or equipment that becomes compromised. Other tasks a pharmacy technician might be assigned are to keep an inventory of medicines, properly store perishable medicines, and ensure that the workplace meets and exceeds industry health standards.
Q: What are the educational requirements?
Marla Ahlgrimm: A pharmacy technician is required to complete a post-secondary education program. During this one to two-year course, they learn about pharmacy technology, healthcare laws, and other relevant topics. They must then be certified by the National Healthcareer Association or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.