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The Dangers of Polypharmacy

Dangers of Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy is a term used to indicate that someone is taking multiple medications at once and it’s a phenomenon that is far more common than you might think. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly half of all Americans over the age of 12 take prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, sedatives or stimulants. This equates to nearly 119 million Americans or around 45 percent of the total population. Even more worryingly, the survey found that nearly 16 percent of people misuse the drugs that they have been prescribed. Deaths related to prescription drugs now kill more..


What Questions Will I Be Asked In My Pharmacy Technician Interview?

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Looking for a new job is both exciting and challenging, and finally landing an interview validates that your hard work is paying off. The type of questions you’ll be asked depend on the industry and position. The questions will also vary according to the corporate culture and the interviewer’s particular style. For those looking to begin work as a pharmacy technician, questions usually relate directly to the pharmaceutical industry and how well you work with others. Consider these likely questions to help prepare for a winning interview: Why Do You Want To Work Here? A career as a pharmacy tech..


What Skills Does A Pharmacy Technician Need To Be Successful?

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Pharmacy technical is a skilled position with a range of significant responsibilities. In order to excel as a pharmacy technician you will need to identify and improve on the skills that are most relevant to the job, increasing your utility and ability to progress your career. To help you identify the skills and abilities you'll need to be an outstanding pharmacy technician we’ve listed those skills that have the greatest impact on the role. Mathematically Proficient In a position where you are expected to control both the filling of prescriptions and measuring of pharmaceuticals, in addition to retail and administrative..


What Are The Best Blogs To Follow For Pharmacy Technician Students?

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Following Pharmacy blogs in an excellent way to keep up to date with the changing field of pharmaceutical science and for students to access information and resources to help them with their studies. To make sure you get the best from your Northwest Pharmacy Technician Course, there are eight of the best pharmacy studies blogs. Med Ed 101 – Interprofessional Medication Education Med Ed 101 is an excellent resource for pharmacy students. It’s packed full of case studies, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) information and other resources that you can use to supplement your lessons and improve your performance. There is..


What Is The Difference Between A Pharmacist And A Pharmacy Technician?

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The pharmacist and the pharmacy technician are vital parts of the any pharmacy, working hand-in-hand to deliver an invaluable service, whether that be in a large hospital or in a retail setting. Given the close working nature, and similar titles and responsibilities, of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician, it can be difficult to understand what separates them.   If you are considering training as a pharmacy technician, but are not quite clear on how that differs from a pharmacist, we’ve put together this easy guide to what makes those two careers different. Education One of the primary differences between a..


How Much Does Pharmacy Technician Can Earn In Nevada?

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If you are considering joining us here at Northwest to train for a career as a pharmacy technician,it is important that you understand the salary prospects for the role. This allows you to build a fuller picture of what the financial rewards of becoming a pharmacy technician are. To help you build that understanding, we’ve put together this guide to how much a pharmacy technician can earn in Nevada. What Determines A Pharmacy Technician’s Salary?   As a general rule, a pharmacy technician’s salary is affected by three factors: geographic location, experience and qualifications. Pharmacy technicians operating in urban areas..


Working As A Pharmacy Technician In A Hospital

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Working as a pharmacy technician in a hospital offers significant training opportunities, career advancement options and a distinctly different working environment than a retail pharmacy. Institutional pharmacy techs are a hugely important part of how a hospital or clinic operates, working under the supervision of senior pharmacy personnel to ensure that hospital staff are given the correct information about prescriptions and doses based on the recommendations of the medical staff. Key Responsibilities In addition to making sure that hospital staff are aware of the specifics of a particular patient’s prescriptions and dosage, hospital pharmacy technicians prepare and dispense medicines and..


What Tools Does A Pharmacy Technician Use?

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Accuracy is one of the critical skills expected of every Pharmacy Technician, especially when it comes to measuring and dispensing medications to customers. To help the Pharmacy Technician remain as accurate and efficient as possible, most pharmacies have a range of equipment that is regularly used as part of the dispensation process. Here at Northwest Career College, our comprehensive Pharmacy Technician program will give you the skills you'll need to operate all the equipment you'll be expected to use. Additionally, we will provide you with an insight into what it's like to be a Pharmacy Technician, we've listed the most..


What Does A Pharmacy Technician Do?

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The role of the pharmacy technician is varied and exciting, ranging from a customer facing role, where you provide assistance and reassurance, to the exacting precision of measuring and mixing medication. The varied duties of the pharmacy technician make them an invaluable part of any pharmacy, able to turn their hand to a range of vital tasks, while still placing an emphasis on customer service.   Pharmacy technicians can be found working in a variety of workplaces like clinics, hospitals, urgent care units, outpatient units and other health care facilities. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 52% of pharmacy..


The Evolving Role of Pharmacy Technicians

Male and female Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians are the backbone of any pharmacy. Instrumental to the successful running of the practice, they support pharmacists in a variety of different roles and across a range of settings. However, because they occupy this supporting role, the position of the pharmacy technician is traditionally seen as one of limited function, serving as clerks or cashiers while the more technical or clinical duties are handled by the pharmacist.   In reality, higher patient volume, and an increasing workload for pharmacists, has necessitated an ongoing change in the responsibilities technician are expected to take on. A growing number of pharmacy..