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Pharmaceutical technicians


Pharmaceutical technicians work in hospitals or in the community and assist pharmacists in the preparation and dispensing of drugs and medicines.

Main Tasks

  • Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy;
  • Prepares drugs and medicines under the supervision of pharmacist;
  • Prepares specialised, tailor-made drugs for intravenous administration by hospital medical staff;
  • Labels and checks items prior to dispensing;
  • Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued;
  • Advises patients or customers on the use of drugs prescribed or medication purchased over the counter;
  • Checks stock levels, orders new stock from pharmaceutical companies and ensures that drugs are stored appropriately.


Entrants to training usually possess GCSEs/S grades or the equivalent. Training is typically a combination of practical experience and study at a college or by open learning towards vocational qualifications. To register as a pharmacy technician with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain an NVQ/ SVQ in Pharmacy Services at Level 3 is required

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