SWEDESBORO, N.J., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Board of Pharmacy has approved a 14-module, eight-hour program for training pharmacy technicians at Wedgewood Pharmacy. The program was developed by the company's Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Department. Upon completion of the program, each technician must complete an examination and demonstrate a high level of competence in all state rules and statutes governing pharmacy, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and the company's own rigorous quality standards.
The company also requires monthly in-service training for all of its pharmacy technicians. Each year, the company provides a total of more than 800 hours -- more than 100 business days -- of initial and continuing education to its cadre of technicians. At Wedgewood Pharmacy, which is the largest compounding pharmacy in the U.S. supplying veterinarians, quality control programs are very strict and carefully monitored. For example, a minimum of five licensed pharmacists review every prescription order that is fulfilled.
A pharmacy technician in a large, national pharmacy like Wedgewood may
play a variety of roles. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau
of Labor Statistics, "Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests
for prescription refills from patients. They also may receive prescriptions
sent electronically from the doctor's office. They must verify that the
information on the prescription is complete and accurate. To prepare the
prescription, technicians must retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and
sometimes mix the medication. Then, they prepare the prescription labels,
select the type of prescription container and affix the prescription and
auxiliary labels to the container. Once the prescription is filled,
technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a
pharmacist before it is given to the patient. Technicians may establish and
|SOURCE Wedgewood Pharmacy|
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