Clinical pharmacy technicians are responsible for processing prescriptions, including determining their validity and processing each transaction. The necessary certification for this position may depend on the state of employment, as some states require training and certification while others do not.
Processing insurance claims is part of processing prescriptions, and clinical pharmacy technicians are also tasked with inventory, stocking, and paperwork. Medications and supplies must be checked regularly for expiration dates, and shelves must always be clean and organized to avoid errors. It's important that these technicians adhere to strict privacy regulations regarding patients' information, which must be stored and disposed of with care.
Some employers provide on-the-job training for this position, and many retail pharmacies have training programs that are supported by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, which allow aspiring technicians to work while they learn and prepare for a certification test. The growing popularity of mail-order pharmacies has also created a niche for certified pharmacy technicians, though these positions are usually more compartmentalized than those in retail settings. Some technicians also focus on specific tasks, such as inputting prescription data, processing insurance claims, or working in the order-processing department.
Clinical Pharmacy Technician Tasks
Interact with patients, providers and vendors to produce accurate prescriptions and documentation.
Explain and document instructions and goals for patients.
Enter patient, drug and provider data into information systems.
Calculate dosages, refill dates and inventory amounts.