Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants

Duties and tasks

  • Preparing medications and other pharmaceutical compounds under the guidance of a pharmacist or other health professional
  • Dispensing medicines and drugs to clients and giving written and oral instructions on their use, as prescribed by medical doctors, veterinarians or other health porfessionals
  • Receiving prescriptions or refill requests from health professionals and verifying that information is complete and accurate according to medical record-keeping standards
  • Maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs
  • Filling and labelling containers with prescribed medications
  • Assisting clients by answering questions, locating items or referring them to a pharmacist for medication information
  • Pricing and filing prescriptions that have been filled and establishing and maintaining patient records, including lists of medications taken by individual patients
  • Ordering, labelling, and counting stock of medications, chemicals and supplies, and entering inventory data into record-keeping systems
  • Cleaning and preparing equipment and containers used to prepare and dispense medicines and pharmaceutical compounds

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