3213-Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants
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Job Description: 
Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants perform a variety of tasks associated with dispensing medicinal products under the guidance of a pharmacist or other health professional.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) preparing medications and other pharmaceutical compounds under the guidance of a pharmacist or other health professional
  • (b) dispensing medicines and drugs to clients and giving written and oral instructions on their use, as prescribed by medical doctors, veterinarians or other health porfessioanls
  • (c) receiving prescriptions or refill requests from health professionals and verifying that information is complete and accurate according to medical records keeping standards
  • (c) maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs
  • (e) filling and labelling containers with prescribed medications
  • (f) assisting clients by answering questions, locating items or referring them to a pharmacist for medication information
  • (g) pricing and filing prescriptions that have been filled and establish and maintaining patient records, including lists of medications taken by individual patients
  • (h) ordering, labelling, and counting stock of medications, chemicals, and supplies, and entering inventory data into records-keeping systems
  • (i) cleaning and preparing equipment and containers used to prepare and dispense medicines and pharmaceutical compounds.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Pharmaceutical technician
- Pharmaceutical assistant


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Pharmacist - 2262
- Pharmacology technician - 3141
- Pharmacy aid - 5329

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