Pharmacy Technician Job Hacks and Tips: Increasing Worker and Patient Satisfaction

job Hacks and tips for pharmacy technicians

During my years working as a pharmacy technician I’ve developed several habits on how I like to do things. This is a brief list of some of those habits. These hacks and tips not only make your job easier but they also help you provide better patient care. If you have some useful tips, please …

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The Role of Pharmacy Techs in Natural Disasters

Pharmacy Technicians in Natural disasters

It is extremely important to understand your role as a Pharmacy Technician in case of a natural disaster so that you can prepare to function effectively. This includes preparing to take appropriate actions under the supervision of a Pharmacist in natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornados and wildfires. Read on to learn more …

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How to Mistake-Proof the Pharmacy

Mistake proof a pharmacy

When working in a Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician, care and preparation can help to avoid potentially dangerous and costly medication errors and mistakes. Standardizing intake procedures to always include the patient’s name, address, date of birth and carefully analyzing patient medications, medical history and allergies to medications all under the supervision of a Pharmacist …

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Helping Patients Understand Insurance Information At The Pharmacy

Pharmacy Technician Insurance Information

Getting medical insurance is one of the best investments that anyone can make for the future. With increasing life expectancies and continually upward-spiraling medical costs, more and more people are requiring medical coverage as the years go by. As the elderly population – and population in general – increases, the number of people that will …

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The Pharmacy Technician’s Role in Drug Studies

Pharmacy Technician role in drug study

Drug studies (clinical trials) are crucial in developing new medications to treat many illnesses. Pharmacy Technicians are increasingly working in facilities that conduct drug studies and have become important members of drug research and development teams. Read on to learn more about the expanding market for global drug studies and about how working as a …

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Guide on Getting Hired as a Pharmacy Technician

How to get hired as a pharmacy technician

When you apply for a job as a Pharmacy Technician at a major pharmacy chain or a small community or hospital pharmacy , understanding the educational requirements, the experience and certification requirements, the hiring and interview process and how best to present yourself can make the difference between getting hired and not being hired. Read …

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A Typical Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Typical Day

Pharmacy technicians are some of the most essential professionals in the healthcare services industries. But relatively few people are aware of what they do. They typically work alongside their more familiar counterparts –pharmacists– and perform a wide range of tasks unique to their position. Like pharmacists, pharmacy technicians work in many different settings. They may …

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How to Specialize in IV Meds or Oncology as a Pharmacy Tech

IV Meds or Oncology as Pharmacy Technician

Specializing as a pharmacy technician in intravenous medications (IV Meds) or oncology can provide an exciting, lucrative and critically important career path. This additional training can allow for a career as a specially training pharmacy technician in which you can help contribute to improved patient outcomes and optimal patient care while having a rewarding career …

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Becoming a Pharmacy Technician Without Any Training

Become Pharmacy Tech without education

The role of the pharmacy technician is very important to any pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians must have working knowledge of pharmacy operations, procedures, HIPAA regulations, and medications. Although there are many resources which offer training for pharmacy technicians, a person can become a pharmacy technician without any training.

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Getting a Pharmacy Technician Job at Walgreens

How to get pharmacy technician job at Walgreens

Walgreens is one of the leading national retail pharmacy chains in the United States, employing thousands of pharmacy technicians. Walgreens pharmacy technicians can work in the retail store, the CPO (Central Pharmacy Operation), or they may work in multiple locations. Pharmacy technicians at Walgreens enjoy many benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, 401K packages, profit sharing, paid vacation and holidays, store discounts, and free flu shots.

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Working in a Hospital Pharmacy Versus a Retail Pharmacy

Hospital or Retail pharmacy

The majority of pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies, but the most coveted pharmacy technician position is often in a hospital pharmacy. There is very good reason for this: hospital pharmacy technicians earn about 20% higher salaries than retail pharmacy technicians. Though their duties are similar, there are some key differences between working in a hospital pharmacy and a retail pharmacy. Many pharmacy technicians begin their career working in a retail pharmacy, but after a few years of experience, they may be hired to work in a hospital pharmacy.

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Pharmacy Technician Career Advancement

Pharmacy Technician Career Advancement

As the field of pharmacy evolves, the role of the pharmacy technician is shifting into areas that require more specialized skills and knowledge. Current pharmacy practices involve the pharmacy technician in prescription dispensing, data input, insurance billing, inventory maintenance, packaging, purchasing, compounding sterile and non-sterile products, and more. Patients with complex health needs require services …

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Why Choose a Low-Paying Pharmacy Technician Career?

People choose careers for a variety of reasons: money, fame, or recognition. One would not choose to be a pharmacy technician for the above reasons as the wage is not at all reflective of what individuals in that profession do, and fame and recognition just plain do not exist. People are in awe when I tell them that the IV medications they received at the hospital were not made by pharmacists but rather by pharmacy technicians. They are completely unaware that the majority of individuals working in most pharmacies are pharmacy technicians.

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Is Pharmacy Technician Career Highly Stressful?

People often wonder if being a pharmacy technician is stressful. The simple answer is “yes”. Any job can be stressful when a person is subjected to persistent tension or strain. Pharmacy technicians worry (or should worry) whether or not they have dispensed the wrong medication, if they made a mistake in the patient’s directions, and if the pharmacist caught the mistake. Or, what if he or she did not? Usually, the more demanding the environment, the more stress a person will experience. Stress in the pharmacy depends on a variety of factors: setting, staffing, volume, and management.

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I Am Not Good at Math – Will the Pharmacy Technician Career Suit Me?

Many people hear “pharmacy” and automatically think that the career area is not for them because they did not do well in math or do not like math. Do not get me wrong…the pharmacy profession requires you to employ basic principles of math, but previous success in the subject does not necessarily mean you will be a good technician. Conversely, just because you did not do well in math does not mean that you will not be a good technician.

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I Am a Pharmacy Technician. How Do I Become a Pharmacist?

How Pharmacy Technician can become pharmacist

CPhT to PharmD

Working as a pharmacy technician gives an individual a good understanding of the pharmaceutical industry. A person who is a pharmacy technician first tends to be a more prepared pharmacist than a person who becomes a pharmacist without being a pharmacy technician. However, in order to become pharmacist, an individual will definitely need more education. The following article describes a general pathway for a person who wants to pursue a “PharmD” designation in the United States. Requirements for education and licensure may vary from state to state and from country to country.

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Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?

In today’s market place, pharmacy technicians can choose from a variety of work environments. Some work closely with patients, while others never see their patients. The choices available to pharmacy technicians allow them to choose their working hours. Some have set schedules, while others may be very flexible. Regardless of the type of pharmacy, all pharmacy technicians must work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

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The Difference Between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacy Technician

Difference between a pharmacy technician and a pharmacist

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians work closely together to deliver medications, advice, and assistance to their patients. The pharmacist relies on the pharmacy technician for many daily tasks, and the technician looks to the pharmacist for guidance. The pharmacist and pharmacy technician are like a right and left hand; they each have their own job, but they work together to get things done.

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