Monday, May 10, 2010

Pharmacy technical assistants do more than assist

From the Montreal Gazette:
Batman had Robin, the Lone Ranger had Tonto and pharmacists have technicians.

"They're our right arm," said Martine Dubois, a pharmacist at Pharmaprix on Cote-des-Neiges. "They play the key role in what we do."

Pharmacy technical assistants are specially trained workers who perform a large variety of day-to-day tasks in a multitude of pharmacy settings.

In case you're wondering, yes, they're definitely more than assistants.

"They do everything from customer service in community pharmacies to preparing cutting edge research medications in health care institutions," said Dubois, who is also a teacher and coordinator of the Pharmacy Technical Assistance program at Pearson Adult and Career Centre in LaSalle.

In hospital settings, technicians perform a wide range of tasks including medication preparation, inventory maintenance in the main pharmacy and in satellites, and management of automated medication machines. ...more

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