What do Pharmacy Aides do?

Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

  • Operate cash register to process cash or credit sales.
  • Prepare prescription labels by typing or operating a computer and printer.
  • Accept prescriptions for filling, gathering and processing necessary information.
  • Answer telephone inquiries, referring callers to pharmacist when necessary.
  • Greet customers and help them locate merchandise.
  • Receive, store, and inventory pharmaceutical supplies or medications, check for out-dated medications, and notify pharmacist when inventory levels are low.
  • Unpack, sort, count, and label incoming merchandise, including items requiring special handling or refrigeration.
  • Prepare, maintain, and record records of inventories, receipts, purchases, or deliveries, using a variety of computer screen formats.
  • Maintain and clean equipment, work areas, or shelves.
  • Perform clerical tasks, such as filing, compiling and maintaining prescription records, or composing letters.
  • Restock storage areas, replenishing items on shelves.
  • Process medical insurance claims, posting bill amounts and calculating copayments.
  • Operate capsule or tablet counting machine that automatically distributes a certain number of capsules or tablets into smaller containers.
  • Provide customers with information about the uses, effects, and interactions of drugs and out of stock items.
  • Compound, package, and label pharmaceutical products, under direction of pharmacist.
  • Calculate anticipated drug usage for a prescribed period.
  • Prepare intravenous (IV) solutions or solid dosage medications for dispensing into bottles or unit dosing packaging.
  • Deliver medication to treatment areas, living units, residences, or clinics, using various means of transportation.

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Necessary Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Service Orientation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking