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Wow, what a great question that does not have one answer. :) There are many different types of pharmacy techs depending on the practice setting. All technicians are responsible for interacting with patients to ensure that their medication are filled timely and accurately. As a technician you would be involved in communicating with patients in person, on the phone, via text etc. In addition, you are responsible for the data entry of the prescriptions, interacting with nurses and doctors as well as finalizing insurance claims. While pharmacists verify prescriptions for accuracy and counsel the patients, technicians generally prepare the medications by obtaining them from stock, putting in bottles or other delivery devices and labeling them. A technician will do anything required to get a patients prescription filled timely and accurately and that also includes managing the drug inventory and the business part of the pharmacy with direction from the pharmacists.
It depends on where you work at. Pharmacy techs always work under direct supervision of a pharmacist so they do not have a lot of room for making their own decision or do things by themself. Also pharmacy techs can never consult patients because a pharmacist has the knowledge to consult patients about medications. In retail pharmacies technicians do data entry, count and fill prescription and give it to pharmacist for review, answer phones, communicate with patients and refer them to the pharmacist, inventory count, and etc.
Technicians in hospitals and nursing homes have a little different day v.s retail pharmacies such as cvs. Since those place may not be as fast paced as a retail pharmacy.