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The Pharmacy Assistant’s Role

Pharmacy assistants are other members of the pharmacy team who help support pharmacy technicians and pharmacists.

They can perform certain tasks assigned to them by the pharmacy technician or pharmacist, but always do so under the direct supervision of the pharmacy technician or pharmacist. These may include tasks such as filing of pharmacy records, replenishing supplies and putting away drug orders. This may also include more advanced tasks such as computer order entry, counting, packaging, labelling and sometimes compounding of products if the pharmacist or pharmacy technician supervising them assigns them these tasks and verifies their work.

Pharmacy assistants cannot transfer prescriptions, take verbal orders, check prescriptions or release products.