As the healthcare landscape continues to transform and shift, more pharmacy technicians are seeing drastic changes in their roles and responsibilities. Technicians’ presence in the pharmacy industry has steadily been growing, as the technicians are a very important part of pharmacy operation. [click to continue…]
One of the greatest things about working as a pharmacy tech is that in many cases, this is one of the most flexible jobs in the healthcare industry. As pharmacies are open outside regular office hours and in some cases, 24 hours a day, pharmacy techs may often have to work evening or overnight shifts as a part of their job requirements. For some, this might be a downside, but for many, the schedule flexibility can pay off very well. Here are just a few of the perks of the pharmacy tech’s flexible schedule.
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The backroom work of counting pills and putting them into bottles has long been all in a day’s work for pharmacists. But in recent years, some hospitals and pharmacies are turning increasingly to pharmacy automation systems to take care of that. Robots, in the common parlance.
One popular model is the PillPick, manufactured by SwissLog. It packages, barcodes, stores, and dispenses individual doses of medication. Pharmacists verify the orders before they’re sent to patients. [click to continue…]
According to the 2016 public perception survey from The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), 85% of the public believes it is “very important” for pharmacies to have certified technicians on staff. They feel so strongly about this matter than more than three-quarters of them (76%) say they’d go to a different pharmacy, if for any reason, they found out the technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. Results show that among customers, 79% of the frequent pharmacy customers would look for a pharmacy where techs are certified, and adults with children at home were the most likely to look elsewhere, representing 82% of those surveyed. [click to continue…]
This year’s Health Datapalooza will be held on June 5-6, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The event will feature exciting new products, services, applications, and features based on open source health data. Entrepreneurs across the country are submitting their innovations to be judged by panels comprised of health care professionals, community leaders, and consumers. The best inventions will be showcased during the event. It’s an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs and a great way for pharmacists to stay on top of the next big thing in the healthcare data industry. [click to continue…]
The new Walgreens commercials address a growing concern in patient care. The point made was simple. If you bring all your medications to a Walgreens pharmacy, they will keep track of everything you’re taking, including supplements, vitamins, and herbal remedies, in order to warn you of possible drug interactions. This is a powerful selling point. In an article published on ModernMedicine.com, Deb Saine, MS, RPh, medication safety manager at the Winchester Medical Center/Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia said, “Pharmacists should have a leadership role in planning, selection, system design, development, implementation, and maintenance. The goal is to ensure that technology supports safe medication use.” [click to continue…]