Undoubtedly, the growing medical needs have also expanded the working horizon of the pharmacy technicians which is no longer limited to the hospitals and clinics but, also offer their services in retail settings, army centers and even various rehabilitation centers. Not only the work opportunities for pharmacy technicians employed in different settings differ but, also the trainings required for fulfilling those duties also vary to some extent.
However, the highest number of pharmacy technicians is employed in hospitals. The primary job of the hospital pharmacy technicians is to procure, manufacture, dispense and safely administer medicines.
Sometimes, manufacturers supply medicines in the form of tablets and capsules which are ready for use by the patients. In such cases, the technician does the job of selecting the correct product, measuring the required amount as per the needs of the patient and then labeling the product with instructions.
Sometimes, the pharmacies lack certain medications as those are not routinely supplied by the commercial sources. To efficiently handle such situations, the pharmacy technicians are also trained to prepare medicinal products like creams, ointments and other mixtures made with the use of raw ingredients.
Apart from assembling and labeling dispensed items, the hospital pharmacy technicians also do the final accuracy check of the dispensed medications before it’s delivered to the patients. So, the technicians to be very careful in delivering their duties and should always do their work by following the appropriate method to ensure safety at all times.
A few medicines which are not commercially available to the hospitals are prepared with the help of the pharmacy technicians who are given proper training and hands on experience in this field.
Apart from this, the forms of some medicines need to be changed to meet the specific needs of the patients. For example, cancer patients are given some injections and special feeds to help them take a normal diet and be able to digest it.
Various medicines given to extremely ill patients also need to be tailored to ensure the correct dosage and avoid any kind of bacterial contamination to be safe from the risk of infection. These medications are prepared in special clean rooms or cabinets which are also called as isolators. Before giving these medications to the patients, these are sent to the doctors and nurses for getting the final approval. As the preparation needs to be given to a very ill patient so, extreme care should be taken to avoid even the slightest contamination as even a minor mistake can prove fatal for the patient.
The technicians also supervise the stocks of medicines on hospital wards and advise nurses on the correct storage of medicines. They also check the expiry dates of the medicines discuss about the changing needs of the wards with the nurses and staff. It’s also the duty of the technician to buy medicines from pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers as per the need of the pharmacy and maintain a record of that.
Now days, in some hospitals, pharmacy technicians also help the pharmacists and other healthcare staff to help patients to manage their medicines. They check and make a record of the medications taken by the patients in order to ensure the adequate amount of supplies from the commercial sources. They also guide the patients on how to use their medicines and in what dosage after they return their homes.
As communication plays an important role in every field so, the technician plays a significant role in simplifying things and explaining it efficiently to other professional staff and patients.
So, this was a brief description of the hospital pharmacy technicians and the tasks performed by them.