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Pharmacy Technician

Salary: $16.79-$20.49 hourly / $2,920-$3,564 monthly / Range: 4988

DEFINITION: Under direct supervision of a registered pharmacist, prepares, packages, and distributes medications; performs clerical duties related to the operation of a pharmacy; and performs other related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the Pharmacy Assistant class in that incumbents are authorized to perform routine tasks related to the filling of prescriptions, including tasks requiring the physical handling, counting, mixing, and packaging of pharmaceuticals. All of the Technician's work related to the filling of prescriptions must be reviewed and approved by a registered pharmacist.

This class is further distinguished from the class of Pharmacist in that incumbents may not interpret prescriptions or perform any discretionary tasks related to the filling of prescriptions that must be performed by a registered pharmacist.


1. Selects drugs from stock for preparation; counts, pours, or mixes pharmaceuticals; places pharmaceutical products in appropriate containers and affixes labels to containers; packages and repackages pharmaceuticals to other clinics.
2. Monitors prescription inventory for expired pharmaceuticals that must be returned to manufacturer; receives and prices incoming pharmaceuticals; verifies invoices and statements.
3. Receives prescriptions and obtains information from patients at pharmacy window to determine financial class and eligibility; using a computerized system, enters prescription data to create a patient profile and prescription label; prepares and maintains patient profile with notations for pharmacist's review; performs clerical accounting duties related to billing and eligibility.
4. Answers telephone and takes messages for patient refill requests and related pharmacy business; maintains the pharmacy in a clean and orderly condition; performs data entry for the Pathway billing and MIA Medi-Cal re-billing.


1. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Pharmacy Technician issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.

Additional Requirement: Registration must be kept valid throughout the term of employment as a Pharmacy Technician.

General knowledge of: pharmacy practices and procedures; clerical and recordkeeping practices and procedures, including patient billing; drug names and generic equivalents; pharmaceutical dosage forms and strengths; common medical terms and abbreviations; units of measure.

Ability to: operate a computer and learn the department's computer system; learn and apply eligibility requirements; learn and use department's billing procedures; read physicians' prescription orders; perform simple arithmetical computations, measurements, and conversions; maintain confidentiality; perform detailed work.

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