Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians are health care professionals that are responsible for the technical parts of dispensing and managing medication. Usually under supervision by a pharmacist, pharmacy technicians ensure that the correct patient or doctor receives the medication and that the drug dose, form and quantity is correct. Unlike pharmacists, pharmacy technicians can not provide medication-related advice and information or identify if the prescribed medication is correct for the patient.

Pharmacy technicians typically offer services in pharmacies but also work in hospitals or the pharmaceutical industry. Some pharmacy technician services include:

  • Dispensing, managing, packaging medication.
  • Recording and collecting patient and prescription information.
  • Getting prescription refill approval from qualified health care professionals.
  • Explaining how to use health care devices and medications safely and effectively (inhalers for Asthma or EpiPen for allergies).

In Ontario, “Pharmacy Technician” is a regulated profession subject to the Practice Policies and Guidelines, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics defined by The Ontario College of Pharmacists. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.