Compounding pharmacy technicians are in charge of compounding different medications for patient use, keeping accurate medication records, and working with different insurance and medical providers to ensure the best possible patient treatment and support at every step. One of their main duties include packaging and labeling medications; in addition, they also prepare and mix intravenous medications as needed. Compounding pharmacy technicians must explain how medication works to patients and try to solve patient inquiries in a timely manner. They escalate patient issues as required and pass along complaints and other matters to pharmacy executives.
Compounding pharmacy technicians use a computer as one of their main tools to record medication requests and review patient information. Compounding pharmacy technicians follow strict safety and privacy procedures given the sensible information and products they handle on a daily basis. Some of their other responsibilities include verifying prescription refill requests, counting medications, and pouring medications. They are also in charge of medicine inventory and coordinate with other pharmacy clerks to keep accurate records of all pharmacy products and patients. They strive to create relationships with patients, external partners, and vendors.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this job. Previous experience in a pharmacy technician capacity may be required or preferred as well. Compounding pharmacy technicians must be organized individuals, with strong time-management skills that are able to multitask and prioritize projects according to importance. They must work well with other technicians to reach all company goals in a timely manner; however, they should also perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
Compounding Pharmacy Technician Tasks
Prepare dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging.
Assist in preparing and dispensing medication under direct supervision of Pharmacist.
Select, prepare and stock medications and supplies.
Collect patient information for prescription and billing.