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Pharmacy Assistant

Career Highlights

  • Work with precription drugs
  • Advise patients on dosage and drug usage
  • Work in a Pharmacy

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Career Summary

Pharmacist With Medicine SmilingPharmacy Technicians can also work in clinics, health departments and universities. They dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and review prescriptions to validate accuracy. Often, they will compare what is being prescribed with patient�s records to avoid harmful drug interactions.

Many times Pharmacy Technicians will answer questions about prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs. In some cases, may actually prepare medications by weighing, measuring and mixing ingredients.

Additionally Pharmacy Technicians ensure that medicines are properly given out. In addition they keep records, order stock and check expiry dates of drugs.




  • In the United States, a license to practice pharmacy is required. Licensure requires graduation from an accredited college of pharmacy, internship under a licensed pharmacist, and passing a state licensure exam.

Career Skills

  • Pharmaceutical Fundamentals
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug schedules (prescription and nonprescription)
  • Legal requirements for prescription
  • Narcotic and controlled drug requirements
  • Record retention
  • Purchasing and inventory control
  • Third party billings
  • Cash handling and reconciliation
  • Record keeping
  • Front shop organization
  • Retail skills
  • Loss prevention
  • Dispensing
  • Organization

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Pharmacy Technician


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