- Acting as a patient advocate by ensuring that the patient’s prescribed drug therapy is safe and followed as advised by their doctor.
- Helping prepare handmade medications that can’t be purchased at a retail pharmacy.
- Preparing and delivering medication for patients who’ve been admitted to the hospital as well as those being seen in the ER.
- Assisting with streamlining communication between the patient, insurance companies, pharmacist, nurses, lab and other healthcare-related parties.
- Preparing medication for long-term facilities, correctional facilities and mail order/online drug companies.
- Coordinating patients’ prescribed pharmacy care with their healthcare providers to ensure that drug therapy is successful.
While most pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies, hospitals and drug stores, the career isn’t limited.
Pharmacy technicians can also find employment with:
- Hospital ambulatory services
- Government agencies like the Department of Defense
- Closed-door pharmacies – private operations that serve special groups like hospice care facilities and nuclear pharmacies
- Compound pharmacies – where the pharmacy tech prepares handmade medications that aren’t readily available at a retail pharmacy. They use more hands-on skills, science and mathematics when creating the drugs.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited September 01, 2020).