Pharmacy Aides Job Description video

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A pharmacy is literally a lifeline for the community it serves. This is where people come to obtain the medicine and equipment their health care professionals have prescribed. While prescriptions must, by law, be filled by a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy aides keep the operation running smoothly. Applicants for these positions usually need a high school degree—and a record clean of drug or substance abuse. They are trained on the job to help with paperwork and supplies, often doubling as cashiers. They may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications. So in addition to being able to work on your feet, you need good communications skills, an ability to make change, and a willingness to do whatever jobs come up, from restocking shelves, to filing important medical information. And you can expect to be asked to work evenings, nights, weekends, even holidays—because people rely on pharmacies to be open, when they need them.

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