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Pharmacy Technician

While pharmacy technicians primarily act as support for pharmacists, their role is just as vital. In New Brunswick, our pharmacy technicians are responsible for final product checks on medications, administering injections, counselling patients on the use of medical devices, receiving verbal prescription orders, and so much more. They also assist with the compounding, packaging, and labelling of pharmaceutical products, maintain prescription records, and inventory control. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of one or more pharmacists.

New Brunswick is looking for pharmacy technicians who are caring, attentive, and dexterous. Working with the public, receiving verbal prescription orders, and being part of a team means you need excellent communication skills, both oral and written, to excel in this career. For those who are committed to growing in their profession, New Brunswick is the place to do so.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • High degree of concentration and attention
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Caring attitude towards others
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Commitment to continuing professional development

Pharmacy technicians in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Instructing patients on the use of medical devices
  • Performing final product checks on medications to be dispensed
  • Transferring prescriptions between pharmacies
  • Conducting medication reconciliations
  • Supervising the preparation of sterile compounds
  • Entering patient and prescription information into computer systems
  • Preparing, packaging, and labelling pharmaceutical products
  • Preparing non-sterile compounds and bulk solutions
  • Preparing and labelling sterile products that require specialized techniques
  • Maintaining inventory of pharmaceuticals, supplies, and equipment
  • Recording inventory discrepancies of narcotics and controlled drugs
  • Managing expired inventory, medication returns and destruction
  • Delivering medications to patient care areas in clinical settings
  • Performing general office duties as required

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of one or more pharmacists. They may be required to work shifts, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. This career requires accuracy and dedication – it can be demanding, but also incredibly rewarding.

Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospital and medical centre pharmacies
  • Community pharmacies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Third-party billing centres
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Drug wholesalers
  • Pharmacy supply companies

All pharmacy technicians must complete a Pharmacy Technician program accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Before pharmacy technicians can begin working in New Brunswick, they must be registered and licensed with the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists. Completing the national practice examinations and the provincial jurisprudence examination are required for licensure.

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