Pharmacy Assistant

Pharmacy assistants assist with drug dispensing by measuring, compounding, packaging, and distributing medications.

A pharmacy assistant’s duties and responsibilities vary depending on where they work (in a hospital or community pharmacy). Some of the main duties are to:

  • gather and enter patient information and doctors' prescriptions in computer systems
  • assess prescriptions for completeness
  • prepare and package prescription medications
  • compound non-sterile pharmaceutical products
  • maintain prescription and inventory recordkeeping systems
  • maintain proper drug storage and security
  • place and receive orders for stock to maintain inventory.

Pharmacy assistants work under the general supervision of the coordinator of pharmacy services, a pharmacy technician supervisor, or a pharmacist.

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