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Perpetual Inventory Systems – A Pharmacy Perspective

Jul 14 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

By definition perpetual inventory systems allow a user the ability to see a record of every sale, purchase, remaining inventory and that inventory’s cost in real time on a daily basis. This process has been greatly affected by the improvements in computer software and hardware and is rapidly ingraining itself in a variety of industries. The healthcare industry typically lagging behind the business sector is now seeing more and more efficient use of this technology. With a focus on the hospital pharmacy setting inventory management has made great strides in the last few years.

Typically a full-time purchaser would be designated to order medications on an as needed basis, which would require physical monitoring of inventory on a daily basis. This process usually involved creating an arbitrary par level and ordering medication replacements once an item fell below that level. While this concept was not only in efficient from a labor force perspective it was also an issue of patient safety. Infrequently used medications could tend to be overlooked in the daily monitoring process and in time of need may not have been available for dispensing. Issues also arose from a dispensing standpoint where some medications would be incorrectly stocked and subsequently re-stocked incorrectly in automated dispensing machines at nursing stations. However, with the implementation of Talyst inventory management systems these issues have all but been eliminated.

The concept behind the Talyst machine is the ability to store, monitor, dispense, and control all inventory from a singular location. Inventory can now be tracked in a perpetual way enabling instantaneous reports displaying inventory par levels, costs, and suggested purchases direct from the wholesalers. In addition manufacturer backorders are now known instantly along with their estimated release date enabling pharmacy management the ability to ration remaining inventory and better plan for use of alternatives. As added bonus of functionality the Talyst system incorporates bar code scanning capabilities to further enhance it’s control on inventory.

New items are thus scanned into their specific container and also scanned out during the dispensing process. This system has proved to be an invaluable tool in the management of pharmacy inventory by not only providing a better and more efficient use of the labor force but also has increased patient safety with it’s medication scanning functions and real-time inventory management ability.

From an accounting perspective the utilization of perpetual inventory management systems has also enabled management to better grasp the associated costs. Reports can be generated instantly depicting a snapshot of a period over a few months or a day depending on what information is needed. This information is imperative to the operational budget and how the pharmacy is performing within it.

In the end it seems that perpetual inventory management systems have substantially benefited pharmacies with a regard to improved control and immediately available information.

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Does a Pharmacist Career Offer Flexibility?

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Pharmacists play an important role in the healthcare field. They are trained in the dispensing of medications which requires an understanding of how drugs work such as drug interactions, the effects of the drugs on the body, dosages and strengths, and the side affects. As the role of pharmacists evolved in the healthcare industry, this medical career has become much more flexible and lucrative.

Pharmacists are now taking on more roles and responsibilities in the field of healthcare. They are involved in such areas as taking people’s blood pressure, performing tests for such conditions as diabetes, checking cholesterol levels, educating people on different medications (prescribed and non prescribed,) smoking cessation programs, diet and nutrition, weight loss programs, and other health and wellness programs.

There are many different places where a pharmacist can work. They can be found working in a variety of areas in hospitals. They assist physicians and other healthcare professionals with drug formulation and dispensing techniques. They will also be educating patients and families about medications and how they work. Pharmacists can also be found working for pharmaceutical companies. Their function is to research drugs to determine their effectiveness as well ensuring that drugs are safe for people.

Pharmacists can also work as sales representatives for a pharmaceutical company. You can also find pharmacists working in government institutions. They are normally employed in the area of drug safety and education. They ensure that drugs submitted for approval for humans are safe. Compounding pharmacy is another area where pharmacists are employed. These pharmacies specialize in preparing drug for the unique needs of a particular patient. These drugs are not normally manufactured on a mass basis.

Pharmacists can also teach in Universities and Pharmacy Schools. There are also pharmacists that freelance. For instance, these pharmacists will travel to various locations and medical facilities to fill in for pharmacists who are on vacation or have to take a leave of absence for a personal or professional reason. It is a good choice for people who like to be self employed and love to travel.

There are also pharmacy positions in nursing homes, assisted living centers, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. A pharmacist can even train to work in the veterinary pharmaceutical field.

Pharmacy is a medical area where one can earn a very lucrative income. As well, one can take advantage of flexible work schedules, working with the community, and working in a variety of geographic locations and medical areas. When compared to other medical careers, pharmacy has a less stressful work environment.

A career in pharmacy is more than just filling and dispensing medical prescriptions. Pharmacists play a major role in all areas of the medical field. There are now many career options available for those seeking a career in pharmacy. Those who become pharmacists enjoy the flexibility that comes with choosing what medical area that they will gain employment. Pharmacy is a rewarding and lucrative healthcare career that is in great demand. If you enjoy working with people and enjoy science and medicine, working in Pharmacy may be the career for you.

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The Purpose of Pharmacy Management Systems

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Pharmacies are complex businesses. Even a minor pharmacy in a small town has a substantial amount of responsibility and moving parts. In fact, big pharmacies and mom-and-pop pharmacies a like wouldn’t be possible today without the advent of pharmacy management systems.

What is a Pharmacy Management System?

The pharmacy management systems are a type of computer system, often called a pharmacy computer system. These systems are not a single piece of software but rather a unified collection of components that can be added to and removed from the system on a plug-and-play basis. An essential component of any such framework is the point-of-sale (POS) system, which is similar to the POS found in a grocery or hardware store.

Legal and Ethical Responsibilities:

A pharmacy, however, has important responsibilities that a hardware store or grocery generally does not. A pharmacy, for instance, is charged with ensuring that customers get their prescriptions precisely how they are prescribed by their doctor. Mistakes can result in loss of life. For this reasons, pharmacies seek to limit the opportunity for human error. One of the primary ways they do so is by integrating a prescription dispensing system into pharmacy management systems. A prescription dispensing system is robotic and computerized, and it ensures that the prescription is filled precisely how the doctor ordered it.

Billing of Claims:

The vast majority of money that enters a pharmacy’s coffers comes from insurance companies or Medicare and Medicaid rather than directly from the customer. In this way, a pharmacy is a lot like a health organization, and pharmacy computer systems must integrate that aspect as well. After a prescription is filled, modern systems automatically process and track the insurance claim.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations:

A pharmacy must also comply with all local, state and federal regulations. The pharmacy cannot rely on the medical professionals for compliance because there can be extenuating circumstances in play, such as two separate doctors unknowingly providing a prescription to the same client. A modern pharmacy system will automatically check any request before it is processed, and if that request is in violation of a law or regulation, it will deny it.

Health Care Network:

The modern pharmacy management systems must also be connected to the health care network that provides services to its area and even throughout the country. Imagine a scenario where a pharmacy needs further instruction when filling a prescription for an out-of-state customer. Modern systems ease that burden by automatically providing the pharmacy with all the contact information and alternative contacts that it needs.

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Why Use an Online Pharmacy?

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Why buy from an online pharmacy when there are many local places to purchase medication? Are online pharmacies unethical? This article will attempt to discuss these questions and hopefully provide some conclusive answers. Since the beginning of online pharmacies there has been ongoing discussion and some action as to banning the use of online pharmacies altogether in the United States from both people using them and also for the online pharmacies, by implementing harsh fines and punishments.

Unfortunately for the online pharmacy industry there are some online pharmacies that are complete frauds which sells who knows what as medications to make steep profits for themselves. For the most part though there are many legitimate online pharmacies that sell the highest quality FDA approved medications, a careful online search done on the pharmacy you are considering buying from is an excellent idea so you don’t get ripped off. There is a particular usefulness of an online pharmacy that should be considered and examined before a wholesale banning of online pharmacies, either governmentally or personally. Before making an uneducated decision a person should critically examine both sides of the arguments of both the pros and cons of an online pharmacy.

Some pros of an online pharmacy are the following:

– A person suffering from embarrassing ailments such as erectile dysfunction for example, can receive proper drug treatments without the embarrassment of a local doctor and pharmacy visit

– In our extremely busy lifestyles the ease of buying from an online pharmacy is a huge benefit in saving time, effort and money, the relative speed and ease of ordering needed medications online are second to none

– Along with the above point purchasing medication online is able to be accomplished at anytime during the day or night, 365 days a year, you can buy your medications when you have time to do so

– If carefully planned, buying medications online are the most cost effective ways to purchase medications

– A shut in or disabled person requiring medications is able to order their needed drugs online when it is far too much effort or far too costly to make a personal visit to a doctor for a prescription

Some cons of an online pharmacy are the following:

– Government authorities like the FDA have a very difficult time regulating and checking up on the amounts of certain restricted medications being sold to individuals

– Government authorities like the FDA have a very difficult time discovering where an online pharmacy is receiving its source of medications from and whether or not these sources are pure

– If the proper research is not done an online pharmacy could be selling impure medications or even sawdust packaged as a certain approved medication and thus ripping off its customers

– An online pharmacy if left unchecked and unrestricted could be shipping out medications that are possibly restricted or dangerous without a proper prescription

A person deciding to purchase medication from an online pharmacy can take several precautions to help to insure a safe, honest and positive experience using an online pharmacy and minimize the risks of ordering from an online pharmacy.

Some precautions to take are the following:

– Search online forums and consumer review sites discussing the particular online pharmacies that you are considering making a purchase from

– One idea in safety is obtaining a prescription from your doctor before ordering from an online pharmacy, and then you have some assurance that you are receiving the correct medication for your ailment

– Always examine carefully the privacy policy and the legal terms and conditions of the online store that is selling the medication before ordering

– Be positive that online pharmacy’s credit card transactions are SSL secured (the lock on the bottom of the screen is there when ordering) before ordering

– If the site you are visiting seems to have lots of missing web pages, errors, etc. this could be a sign that this site is not the most reputable for ordering medications from

– If you have a funny unsafe feeling when going through the ordering process from a particular website perhaps decide on another and/or perform some of the above tests on the site

Now it is up to you, the consumer as to whether or not you will purchase your medications from an online pharmacy or purchase your medications from a local drug store. Considering all the pros and cons a person can easily make up their minds as to which route is the best to choose. Remember precautions always minimize the risks.

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How to Tell A Licensed Canadian Pharmacy From A Fake Internet Pharmacy

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There has been a growing concern regarding fake internet pharmacies. In fact, the growth in the number of fake internet pharmacy websites has been termed as a “global disaster” by the pharmaceutical industry.

There are two things to stress here.

First, there are definitely unscrupulous con-men operating fake internet pharmacy sites. You must take care in verifying the validity of any online pharmacy before you order your medications from them.

Secondly, you need to take reports from the pharmaceutical industry with a grain of salt. Big Pharma wants Americans to continue to buy “inflated and overpriced” pharmaceuticals from their local pharmacy. It is in Big Pharma’s best interest (more profits) that you pay top dollar for your medications locally rather than buying your medications affordably from a licensed Canadian pharmacy. Therefore, they use fear to scare you away from Canadian pharmacies and Canadian prescription drugs.

So how do you ensure that you are ordering from a genuine Canadian pharmacy and not a fake internet pharmacy?

First, review the pharmacy’s website thoroughly. The website should provide you with the pharmacy license number, the physical address of the pharmacy and the regulatory body that oversees their operation. Most Canadian pharmacy regulatory bodies have a website that lists the registered pharmacies in their jurisdiction. You can visit the website http://www.napra.org in order to find the listing of pharmacies for each province in Canada or to find the regulatory body for the particular province your pharmacy is located in.

The pharmacy should also provide a phone number on their website for you to call. A pharmacist should be available for you to speak to about your order. Ask the pharmacist about their credentials and ask for their license number. If you want, you can verify this license number with the provincial pharmacy regulator.

Another item to look for is the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) seal. CIPA is an organization that represents legitimate Canadian pharmacy sites that provide pharmacy services to patients internationally. Now, seeing this seal on a website is not a guarantee in and of itself. Fake internet pharmacies have been known to hijack the CIPA seal and place it on their website. The only way to verify the legitimacy of the CIPA membership seal is to actually visit the CIPA website at http://www.ciparx.ca and use their Verify Membership function. A fake internet pharmacy will not have its website listed here.

And the final item to look for on a Canadian pharmacy website is the PharmacyChecker seal. Pharmacy Checker is an independent agency that verifies the legitimacy of Canadian pharmacies as well as American and International pharmacies. In fact, pharmacies can not advertise on Google without a PharmacyChecker seal and Google takes this very seriously. You can verify the PharmacyChecker seal by visiting http://www.PharmacyChecker.com and clicking on the Pharmacy Ratings and Profiles.

Other than checking out the above items on the pharmacy’s website you should also make sure that the pharmacy requires you to provide a prescription from your doctor. Any website that does not require you to provide a prescription is not a legitimate Canadian pharmacy.

Follow these simple rules and you can feel safe knowing that you are safely ordering your medications online from a real, licensed Canadian pharmacy.

Copyright (c) 2007 Jeremy Cockerill

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Compounding Pharmacy Vs Regular Pharmacy

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In America, there are two main types of pharmacy; compounding pharmacy and regular pharmacy. There are some very important differences between these two types of pharmacy, which will be explained in the article below. You can choose which type of pharmacy would be better for you based on this information.

Compounding Pharmacy

This type of pharmacy has been around for decades, but it is only just starting to become more popular again. For centuries, most pharmacies were compounding ones, but they almost disappeared with the advent of mass-produced medicines during the mid-twentieth century. They practice a safe type of “alternative medication”, where each user has their own medication mixed especially for them by a qualified expert, based on the advice of the diagnosing doctor. It is considered as alternative medication because customers are not forced to rely on the industry standard for their particular medication, and therefore they are more likely to get a drug which meets their specific needs. Being able to tailor the drugs in this way means that patient’s have a greater choice over the medication that they have to take, because it is less likely to be too strong or too weak for their particular condition. It also means that certain non-essential ingredients can be left out if necessary. This can be really useful for patients who cannot take standard medication because they are allergic to certain ingredients (such as gluten) which are commonly used.

Regular Pharmacy

Regular pharmacies sell mass-produced medication which has been created at a central factory. This medication will only be available in the standard sizes and standard doses, which have been created based on what is most commonly needed by patients. If you don’t fit into one of these categories, then you might not be able to find medication which is just right for your condition. However, regular pharmacies are usually less expensive than compounding ones are, because dispensing pre-prepared medication requires less skill. Therefore, these pharmacies give people access to medication that they may not be able to afford if they had to go to a compounding store. Regular pharmacies also tend to be quicker than compounding ones. Mixing unique medication to meet a specific recipe requires a lot of care and precision, and therefore it cannot be done instantly. If you are short on time, it is much easier to pop into a regular pharmacy and just choose a drug which is straight off of the shelves. This is a more suitable option for some people to take.

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Prescription for Success: The Role of the Pharmacy Call in Pharmaceutical Sales

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After the countless hours of product training and skill development and relationship building, your efforts culminate when a prescription is filled at the pharmacy.

When you consider that pharmacists talk to the same physicians that you talk to, about treating the same patients that you talk about treating, it’s obvious that pharmacists play a vital role in your success.

Why wait any longer to establish or improve your relationships with pharmacists in your territory?

A licensed pharmacist is a pharmaceutical specialist. Although physicians are experts in disease diagnosis and treatment, pharmacists are experts in pharmaceutical disease management.

Many physicians rely on pharmacists to train patients to use metered-dose inhalers, blood pressure monitors and injectable medications. Physicians also assume that pharmacists will monitor potential drug-drug interactions and recommend appropriate drug substitutions.

A pharmacist is a patient care provider. He or she is a link between patients and medical professionals, and can triage routine illnesses like a cough, cold or the flu. Patients count on their pharmacist to tell them how to take their medications, what outcome to expect, and how to react if something goes wrong.

A pharmacist is a pharmaceutical sales partner. Pharmacy support is crucial for successful pull-through programs, patient education, and supplemental physician contact. A pharmacist may be able to provide information about managed care formularies and drug pricing, as well as alert you to patient questions or concerns.

Pharmacy calls are sales presentations

Successful pharmaceutical sales reps prepare and execute pharmacy calls with the same care as they approach physician calls.

Conduct basic pre-call planning to identify your goal for the call. Do you need authorization to display prescription vouchers or coupons? Do you want to inform the pharmacy staff about a new drug launch? It should only take a few minutes to mentally outline what you hope to accomplish, but those few minutes make a difference.

Begin each call with an introduction and a statement of purpose. Most people recognize you before they remember your name, so until you have developed a relationship, put the pharmacist at ease by re-introducing yourself on each call.

Get right to the point of your visit. A clear statement of purpose will help the pharmacist assess how much time they need to spend with you, and whether or not they can afford that time right now. “May I have two minutes of your time to tell you about a new indication for Hoozlefritz extended release tabs?” is more helpful to a pharmacist than, “Hi! I’m the new Hoozlefritz rep.”

Deliver your information succinctly and factually. Pharmacists do not prescribe medications and do not want to be “sold” on the merits of your product. They do, however, want to know the indication, dosing, mechanism of action (MOA), pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) profile, and occurrence of side effects. This is vital information for their consultations with physicians and patients.

Close your call by asking, “What can I do to be a resource for you and your customers?

Here are specific suggestions from pharmacists in three different settings that you are likely to encounter in your territory: retail chain, independent and hospital pharmacies.

Retail chain pharmacists’ recommendations:

Develop partnerships with pharmacists. Paul, a New York state-licensed pharmacist, points out that he and physicians and pharmaceutical reps all have the same goal: to provide excellent patient care. “We are all interdependent. The cycle starts with the drug companies and links to the physicians and the pharmacists, who link directly with the patients. We’re all in the patient care business.”

Suzanne, a licensed pharmacist in Tennessee, agrees. “My customers are the drug rep’s end customers. For both of us, “success” means making our customers healthier.”

Chain pharmacists across the country agree that pharmaceutical reps can be more effective if they DO:

o Provide the pharmacist with objective clinical information.

o Invite pharmacists to educational programs with physicians, or sponsor separate programs for their local pharmacy organization.

o Follow through on what they say they are going to do.

o Respect the pharmacist’s time.

o Offer your business card every time. Make it easy for pharmacy staff to contact you.

o Inform pharmacists of any prescription voucher, rebate or coupon programs ahead of time. This gives pharmacy staff time to learn the quirks of the program so that they can facilitate patient uptake.

Paul says, “One of the drug reps in the area launched a prior auth product in a crowded therapeutic class. I stocked her vouchers at each of my stores, and she informed her target physicians of this. Physicians appreciated the simplicity, patients were happy about getting a free trial, I benefited from the increase in customer traffic, and this rep led the country in sales.”

DON’T:

o Make pharmacy sales calls on Mondays or early in the morning.

o Ask a pharmacist to stock your product “to be ready for the first prescription”.

o Ask a pharmacist for confidential information, such as, “Which doctors are writing my product?”

Independent pharmacists’ recommendations:

Masood runs a small chain of independent pharmacies in southern California. To him, respect is the most important element of a sales call. “Some reps think that because I am not a big name chain that I am not as important, or maybe they do not need to be polite with me. But that is not the way to think of it. I am very busy here, with many customers every day. The smart reps know that I am a big business for them in this city.”

Consensus of independent pharmacists is that reps will be more successful if they DO:

o Provide NDC #’s.

o Understand that pharmacy customers are the first priority. Be patient.

o Educate the pharmacist about potential side effects.

o Ask for the opportunity to schedule an educational lunch presentation.

o Treat independent pharmacists as well as they treat chain pharmacists.

“I’ve worked in both settings, and I’ve seen a lot of drug reps overlook independent pharmacies”, says Alan, a pharmacist in Wisconsin. “Maybe they think that because we’re small we’re not “real” pharmacists. But we have the same educational background, and we have the same interactions with doctors and patients as any other licensed pharmacist.”

DON’T:

o Ask for confidential information.

o Ask a pharmacist to stock your product without a prescription.

o “Sell” the pharmacist.

Hospital pharmacists’ recommendations:

A hospital pharmacy may serve only inpatients, only outpatients, or a blend of the two. Inpatient pharmacies are usually restricted to stocking products that are on the hospital formulary. Hospital-based outpatient pharmacies operate like any other retail pharmacies. They are not usually restricted to the hospital formulary.

Tim is a hospital pharmacist in Maine who welcomes drug reps. “Reps are a great source of information for me. I know that if I tell a rep that a patient had an unusual reaction to their drug, the rep is going to pass that on to their company to investigate. Drug companies are highly motivated to check it out and follow up, which helps me serve my customers better.”

Recommendations for pharmaceutical reps when calling on hospital pharmacies. DO:

o Ask about scheduling an educational lunch presentation.

o Ask for information about the formulary process; offer yourself as a resource for information.

o Ask about the schedule for the hospital P&T committee.

o Know your drug. Be prepared to clarify and support any information that is included in your product PI.

DON’T:

o Ask for a list of physicians who are on the P&T committee.

o Pressure the pharmacist to stock product without a prescription.

o Make a sales call without a clear reason for the call.

Which brings us back to the bottom line: Pharmacy calls are sales presentations. And just like prescriber calls, pharmacy calls are powerful tools to improve patient care and drive your business.

If you make the effort to develop productive relationships, you will find that every pharmacist in your territory is an extra person on your sales team!

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The Pharmacy School Interview With Actual Interview Questions

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The pharmacy school interview is an integral part of the application process as the admission staff, who already knows everything about you on paper, will finally be able to see how you will fit into their program. This is also your time to interview each pharmacy school, so be prepared to ask questions you may have about their program.

Most pharmacy schools do a good job of making the interview session as comfortable and non-stressful as possible. Usually current pharmacy school students will greet you and make conversation with you. Take full advantage of this opportunity to loosen yourself up and practice your speaking skills. By this time you should have already completed your speech requirement, so now is the time to make use of what you have learned in the classroom!

Prepare yourself by familiarizing yourself with what you wrote on your personal statement essay. In addition, it is a good idea to have a general idea on what kind of questions are going to be asked.

As soon as you meet your interviewers, take the initiative to build rapport / spark up a mini conversation (crazy traffic this morning, beautiful day, etc). Smile and split eye contact between all your interviewers as much as possible when you are speaking and keep eye contact on the person asking the questions.

Some General Interview Questions

1. Tell me about yourself

2. What was your favorite/most difficult course in college?

3. Who is your greatest role model?

4. What is a negative aspect about yourself? How have you worked on making it better?

5. Describe a moment you felt proud an accomplishment.

6. Why our pharmacy program?

7. What do you want to do after you graduate?

8. What do you do in your free time?

9. Why pharmacy, why not research or medicine?

10. What got you interested in pharmacy?

11. What are the most important attributes of a pharmacist?

12. What makes you stand out among other applicants?

13. What got you interested in pharmacy?

14. Give us an example of your leadership ability.

15. Is there anything you would change about your undergraduate experience?

16. Describe the importance of understanding diversity as a pharmacist.

17. What is the most positive aspect of pharmacy?

18. Give us an example of when you used your creativity to solve a problem.

19. What makes you unique?

20. Where will you be in 5 / 10 years?

21. Anything else we should know about you? YES, [list other positive aspects about you]

Be familiar with topics in health care and ongoing changes to pharmacy practice as you may be asked to give your opinion or specific questions on some of the major events that are going on now.

Other questions may be hypothetical questions that place you in a ‘difficult’ or ethical situation where you will need to discuss your course of action. There is usually no right or wrong answer, but make sure you are paying close attention to the question being asked so that you don’t miss anything. Take a moment to think over your answer before starting to speak.

I personally bought a book to have the correct mindset and strategy to answer even the toughest interview questions. I think this really helped me to nail my interviews. Check my Pharmacy School Interview Lens for a link to actual interview feedback and questions from each pharmacy school.

Don’t stress out, you’ll be just fine for your interviews!!

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Accuracy and Attention to Detail – Key Requirements for a Pharmacy Technician

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Many Americans are looking for a recession proof job, which is fulfilling and rewarding. The pharmacy industry experienced a surge in growth lately. The projected growth rate of a particular kind of technician is especially promising. Pharmacy techs are indispensable in the day to day operations of the pharmacy. Many jobs are available, and a pharmacy technician can work in many different work places. Many pharmacies are open 24 hours, which can result in odd work hours for the technician.

A pharmacy tech is often considered the right hand of the pharmacist. He/she has a variety of duties in the pharmacy. The particular duties of a pharmacist technician depend largely on the place of employment, experience, and seniority. Online and retail pharmacies operate in many ways similar to pharmacies located in drugstores and grocery stores. In most work environments, the technician’s duties include data entry for storing and sorting purposes, labeling bottles, filling prescriptions, as well as dispensing medications to patients/customers.

Keeping an accurate count of stored medications, and maintaining the stock, are also duties of a pharmacy technician. This includes all over-the-counter medications as well. Filling out insurance claims, and contacting insurance companies are the responsibility of a technician. Questions related to prescriptions sometimes require a technician to contact the patient’s physician for verification. The preparation of IV solutions, creams, and ointments can also be done by the pharmacy technician.

As an assistant to the pharmacist, clerical and administrative duties are also fulfilled by the pharmacy tech. This mainly includes answering the phone, and managing the financial operations of the pharmacy. Customer service is a big part of the daily duties of any pharmacy technician. Regardless of the size of pharmacy, dealing with customers, or patients if your workplace is a hospital or clinic, is a requirement.

Filling prescriptions and dispensing medications are tasks that need attention to detail. Accuracy is important, as filling a prescription incorrectly can ultimately cause a lot of harm to a patient/customer. Adverse reactions can even cause death. Medications are often named very similar. Double-checking the medication and the dosage ensures, the patient/customer receives the right medication for his/her condition. It is also important to be aware of exchanging brand name medications with equivalent generic medications, as these may contain additional ingredients.

Pharmacy techs are not allowed to advise patients/customers. For any questions regarding medications, they have to refer the patient/customer to the pharmacist. The pharmacist is the person, who has to give information about possible adverse reactions or general information about medical issues to the patient. Technicians can only refer to the pharmacist for question, even though they may know the answer.

A career in this field is rewarding. Someone, who likes to deal with people, enjoys responsibility, is diligent, and has the required attention to detail, will find this occupation very fulfilling. The predicted job growth rate is higher than average. Pharmacy technicians can advance by being certified. A CPR certificate is an example for such a certification. The median salary of a pharmacy technician is around $ 25,000-30,000 annually.

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The DO’s and DON’T’s of a Pharmacy Technician

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Despite the main role of the pharmacy technicians has been instructed to assist the pharmacist in nearly all of the clerical and administrative work in the pharmacy or the hospitals, there is certain tasks which are not supposed to be handled by the pharmacy technicians under normal circumstances by the bide of the medical rules. Here are some of the DO’s and DON’T’s of a Pharmacy technician.

The DO’s :

1. They are responsible to obtain & record patient drug histories for pharmacy records

2. They are allowed to pre-package drug with the knowing of the drug’s expiration date.

3. They can order, receive, unpack, and put away drug shipments

4. They need to collaborate with other regulatory colleges whose members prescribe (medicine, dentistry, midwives, nurses), to develop protocols surrounding verbal prescriptions.

5. They must wear name badge with words “Pharmacy Technician” on it to specify their role clearly to anyone which they have attended with

6. They can load automated drug distribution equipment

7. They must maintain confidentiality on all patient health information

8. They should review all technician policies & procedures annually

9. They are responsible to reconcile the quarterly perpetual inventory count for all the medications in the clinic, pharmacy or the hospital so as to get to know should there are any discrepancies found and to brainstorm among the teams as on how should these discrepancies be reduced.

10. They are authorized to sell or deliver prescriptions to patients

The DON’T’s :

1. The pharmacy technicians cannot certify pre-packaging nor certify dispending

2. They are not allowed to remove drugs/supplies involved until checked by a pharmacist

3. They should not and cannot take prescriptions over the phone

4. They should not leave discrepancies unreported

5. They are not allowed to discuss patient health information outside of the professional work setting as these information are all private and confidential.

6. The pharmacy technician cannot assess drug therapy or discuss therapy with patients

7. They cannot take a changed prescription order

8. They should not counsel any of the patients based on their knowledge and expertise as they do not own the skill-sets and knowledge of a pharmacist to gain the authorization in make sure what they have counsel are correct.

9. They cannot dispensed the medications to the patients until the identity and the volume of the diluents are checked by the pharmacists accordingly.

10. A Pharmacy Technician are not allowed to interpret data or advise/answer health and drug-related questions

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