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Pharmacy Technician

What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

Pharmacy technicians carry out all the routine tasks that are necessary to help keep a pharmacy running. Specific tasks include:

  • Reading physicians’ prescriptions to determine the types and amounts of drugs to prepare;
  • Weighing and measuring drugs and chemicals;
  • Mixing ingredients in order to produce prescription medications;
  • Preparing labels for prescriptions;
  • Dispensing medications to patients;
  • Keeping records;
  • Storing shipments of drugs and medications;
  • Preparing inventory and ordering supplies to maintain stock levels;
  • Receiving and placing supplies in stock.

How Do I Become a Pharmacy Technician?

Most employers require pharmacy technicians to have a high school diploma or GED. As of February 2004, pharmacy technicians in Virginia must be registered with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Training programs are offered by the military, and by some high schools, hospitals, regional technical centers, community colleges and even some retail stores.

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