A Dispenser earns an average salary of $26,000 per year.
Job Description for Dispenser
The dispenser distributes prescription medication and equipment to patients and customers after conducting a thorough check to make sure that the prescription and dosage are accurate and that no mistakes have been made by the pharmacist or assistant during the preparation process. This position involves handling customer service, collecting payments, answering questions about the medications, and referring the customer to the pharmacist to answer questions as needed. The dispenser is also responsible for keeping track of records, maintaining hygiene and medication storage standards, and, in some facilities, keeping track of inventory and handling invoicing and returns.Read More...
Prospective applicants for dispenser positions must have an excellent eye for detail in dispensing medications and keeping records, as avoiding potentially dangerous or fatal mistakes is one of their highest priorities. The dispenser should also have good interpersonal and communications skills, as well as a solid working knowledge of common medication and equipment to provide excellent customer service. The dispenser may spend a lot of time on their feet and may need to be able to lift heavy items, especially when dealing with equipment. Hours are typically normal business hours, but specific schedules vary depending on the needs of their employer.
Employers rarely have specific educational requirements for dispensers beyond a high school education or equivalent. Many dispensers work the position while training for higher-level positions such as pharmacy technician or while pursuing education in pharmacy school.
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