Pharmacy technicians may continue their studies and become pharmacists.
There are currently an estimated 170,000 to 200,000 pharmacy technicians in the United States, of which about 50,000 are certified. Although it has been estimated that the growth of this occupation will be no greater than average for all occupations, the current and projected shortage of licensed pharmacists may lead to increased job opportunities for trained technicians. This shortage, combined with an aging population and increased used of drug therapy, has led to recommendations that the ratio of technicians to pharmacists be increased.
Dispensing—The act of providing medication to a patient or their representative. This includes providing consultation on the way in which the medication should be taken or administered.
Licensed pharmacist—A pharmacist who has completed the full program of education, and has passed a state licensing examination. Also termed "registered pharmacist."
Pharmacology—The study of the actions and uses of drugs.
Prescription—A written or verbal order for a medication, from a professional practitioners, such as a physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, podiatrist, or other health care provider.
Protocols—Detailed instructions for performing a task.
Occupational Outlook Handbook. Washington DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor, 2000.
The Pharmacy Technician. Perspective Press, 1999.
American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. "White Paper on Pharmacy Technicians" American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists 53 (1996):1991-4.
American Association of Pharmacy Technicians, P.O. Box 1447 Greensboro, NC 27402.
Samuel D. Uretsky, PharmD
Samuel D. Uretsky PharmD, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit,