Army Pharmacy Technician Specialist (MOS 68Q)

Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors

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As an integral member of the pharmaceutical team, the Pharmacy Specialist, under the direction of a pharmacist, prepares and dispenses prescribed drugs and medicines, while also maintaining pharmacy supplies and records. The Pharmacy Specialist is primarily responsible for preparing, controlling and issuing pharmaceutical products and supervising pharmacy activities.

The Duties Performed by Soldiers in This MOS

The Pharmacy Specialist in the military has a solid career in the civilian job market, should he/she want to stay in the same business sector after successfully serving in the military as a 68Q. The job will be very similar in a military pharmacy as in a civlian pharmacy such as RiteAid or WalGreens. The duties of these specialists are as follows:

  • Prepares, controls, and issues pharmaceutical products.
  • Prescription handling and dispensing: under close supervision, manually or using a computerized system: receives, interprets, compounds, manufactures, files, labels, issues and files prescriptions, bulk drug, sterile product and/or unit dose orders.
  • Evaluates orders to verify dosage, dosage regimen and quantity to be dispensed.
  • Checks for completeness and correctness and for common interactions, incompatibilities, and availability.
  • Refers questionable orders or questions on the basic formulation to supervisor for clarification.
  • Reduces or enlarges formulas, as required.
  • Calculates and annotates proper dosage.
  • Evaluates completed orders to ensure the integrity of the final product.
  • Provides information regarding availability, strength, and composition of medications to physicians or pharmacists.
  • Verifies patient eligibility for receipt of medication.
  • Provides instructions to patients regarding medication consumption and side effects.
  • Performs quality control checks on medications.
  • Issues medications to patients, wards, clinics, and other using agencies.
  • Supply, administration, and maintenance: assigns and records prescription numbers.
  • Delivers unit doses, sterile products, bulk drug, and controlled drug orders.
  • Prepares prescription labels and affixes auxiliary labels.
  • Maintains signature cards and prescription files.
  • Prepares and maintains files of controlled substances stock cards, records, and work units.
  • Maintains master formula record, batch sheet, and patient medication record.
  • Maintains pharmacy reference files and publication library.
  • Prepares and files pharmaceutical reports.
  • Prepares requisitions for and receives, packs, unpacks, stores, safeguards, and accounts for inventories.
  • Controls and issues pharmaceuticals and pharmacy supplies.
  • Inspects, calibrates, operates and performs preventive maintenance on common pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging equipment.
  • Cleans and disinfects pharmacy equipment and work areas.
  • Packs, unpacks, loads and unloads equipment and assists in setting up unit equipment.

Civilian Essential Duties and Responsibilities of Pharmacy Technician / Specialist

The salary range for civilian pharmacy tech is $28-50k / year plus benefits and health care.

The military experience will help you land civilian jobs in this market, but Pharmacy Techs will be required to get licensed in the state they reside as well as with the company. For instance, here are the duties of civilian pharmacy technicians in one of the chain pharmacies in the United States.

- Pharmacy Technician certification where required by state law. Rite Aid Technician Training Program certification in all modules, job class/codes up to and including Pharmacy Technician.

- High school diploma or general education degree (GED), plus 600 practical hours working in retail and/or pharmacy operations; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

- Successfully complete the Rite Aid Pharmacy Technician Training - Certification Program. This on-the-job program is designed and provided by Rite Aid Pharmacy. You are expected to successfully complete the program within 6 months of your date of hire or promotion into the Pharmacy Technician in Training position. Successful completion of the Program is defined as completing: all Computer Based Training (CBTs), Workbook exercises, classroom sessions and obtaining a passing grade on the Final Competency Exam.

- Perform computer entry of prescription information

- Accept customer and prescription information required to process new and refill prescriptions, including refill authorization from doctor offices where permitted by state law.

- Retrieve the appropriate medication from inventory where permitted by state law.

- Create prescription labels and put them on prescription containers where permitted by state law.

- Place medication into prescription containers where permitted by state law.

- Complete paperwork related to filling prescriptions and input customer and prescription data into the computer system where permitted by law.

- Assist in inventory management processes including: order review, inventory returns, restocking shelves, and physical inventory preparation.

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Other Requirements

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