Many pharmacists in the US work in community, or retail, pharmacies. Community pharmacy technicians may have to sell over-the-counter medicines and other items such as cosmetics, toiletries, and baby food.
Typical duties of the Community Pharmacy Technician in a community pharmacy are:
processing prescription drug orders,
-assist with labeling and dispensing drugs
-patient medication record maintenance
-operate and be responsible for the pharmacy cash register
-maintain patient records
-prepare insurance claim forms
They are also responsible for ensuring that prescriptions are legal, accurate, and that there are no errors or forgery.
Customers may seek advice and information on the use of medicines or general health issues, and the pharmacy technician must know when to refer the customer to the pharmacist or another health care professional.
Community Pharmacy Technicians work in chain or independent retail pharmacies under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and play a major role in community pharmacy practice. The pharmacist relies on the pharmacy technician to provide an extra layer of safety.