The lead pharmacy technician generally works under a pharmacist, assisting them in the pharmacy by completing tasks such as mixing medicines and creating IV solutions. The lead pharmacy technician holds a leadership position in which they must provide guidance and instructions to other pharmacy technicians. These professionals are also in charge of cleaning the pharmacy, performing bookkeeping duties such as creating bills and medicine labels, and using a computer to complete work-related tasks. There may also be logistical duties involving keeping inventory and restocking. Whenever discrepancies are noted, the pharmacy technician must notify the pharmacist immediately. Additionally, the pharmacy technician may have telephone answering and reception duties, and they must be courteous and concise when giving or taking information from clients.
In addition to a high school diploma or equivalent, current pharmacy technician certification is generally required for this position. Prior to receiving certification, relevant schooling is needed. For example, technicians can complete a pharmacy technician training program, which generally takes up to two years; an associate’s degree in pharmacy technology may be preferred over a training program. Some positions may require experience in the field as well. Additionally, good communication skills are required in this position since the lead technician works with customers, pharmacists, and other technicians on a day-to-day basis. Lead pharmacy technicians may work part time or full time.
Pharmacy Technician, Lead Tasks
Prepare dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging.
Assist in preparing and dispensing medication under direct supervision of Pharmacist.
Collect patient information for prescription and billing.
Select, prepare and stock medications and supplies.
Monitor and prioritize workflow of pharmacy technicians, including billing activities.