Pharmacist assistant positions are often found at larger pharmacies, where the main pharmacist requires additional help to keep up with customer demands. For positions in which the assistant must fulfill many of the same duties as the pharmacist, a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is the standard requirement, along with a state pharmacist license. However, some jobs are limited to administrative and clerical work and do not require a degree. Both jobs have entry-level openings, but many positions require previous pharmacy experience. All pharmacy assistant jobs require interaction with customers and direct supervision by the pharmacist.
Day-to-day tasks performed by the pharmacist assistant include carrying out orders from the supervising pharmacist and assisting in running the pharmacy effectively and efficiently; this may include filling prescriptions or educating patients about treatments and requirements, or it may be limited to maintaining inventory and sales records. Additional maintenance and inspection of equipment and storage areas on a regular basis is needed to ensure high quality standards are met. Relevant government regulations and standards should be followed at all times.
Work shifts vary by opening, but they often are limited to standard business operating hours. All work is done in an indoor environment, but exposure to chemicals and potentially sick patients may pose potential hazards. Required skills include organizational capabilities, attention to detail, and interpersonal communications.
Pharmacist Assistant Tasks
Verify and fulfill prescription orders, ensuring accurate distribution in compliance with requisite policies.
Organize and upkeep pharmacy environment in accordance to health standards and policies.
Create and update patient profiles with medication information.