What does a pharmacy tech do for an insurance company?
I am a certified pharmacy tech and have an interview with Humana Thursday. What would my job entail? I don't want to look like an idiot when I go to the interview and they ask me if I know what I am there for. I know it is an office job, and I know I would have to use the computer and call doctors and pharmacies and insurance companies, but what else would I be doing?
Question answered by Al in NC
Most likely you will assigned to the insurance company "pharmacy help desk".
Your duties would include resolving problems.
During the prescription online adjudication process claims are sometimes rejected by the insurance company.
The pharmacy employee calls the insurance company "pharmacy help desk" to resolve rejections.
Some common reasons for rejection that have to be resolved:
NDC not covered
Refills not covered
Too soon to refill
Patient not covered
Invalid person code
Insurance company computer unavailable for claim processing.
Whats the difference between Pharmacy and Pharmacology in school?
I know Pharmacy takes about 5-7 years in college, but what about Pharmacology? Do i have to have a doctors degree and go to med school? i have tried searching this up but i wont legit answers. Im starting college in August and I am just terrified that I dont exactly know what i want to do. For sure it will be one of those feilds.
Question answered by R.F.
Chase's answer summarizes the difference.
These are the specific differences.
Pharmacy is the care and treatment of patients by dispensing medication and counseling on its use.
Pharmacology is the academic study drugs, specifically the interaction of chemicals on living organisms.
Pharmacists require a PharmD doctorate degree and a State license to treat patients.
You need at least 2 years undergraduate + 4 years pharmacy school.
But many pharmacy schools prefer students who've completed a 4-year Bachelor's degree.
There are also combined BS-PharmD programs that can be completed in 6 years.
Pharmacologists are scientists, researching chemicals and how they affect living organisms, both developing news drugs and testing existing drugs.
While there are Bachelor & Master's programs in pharmacology, if you really want to be a researcher, you have to get your PhD. That's 4 years undergrad for your Bachelors + 5-6 years depending on how long it takes you to finish your research dissertation.
If you want to do clinical pharmacology to conduct testing on patients, then you also need an MD degree. That's another 4 years of medical school.
If you know you want to pursue both a PhD and MD, there are combined MD/PhD programs that can shorten that education time.
How much does a Certified Pharmacy technician make at Walgreens in Missouri?
I have done a college program for pharmacy tech, and I am also getting register with the state board of pharmacy in Missouri...I am then planning on taking the PTCE. If I have all this done, How much could/should I get paid. What about Walmart or cvs pharmacy? I really need to know how much pay I deserve and what is realistic. I hope I can get on at a hospital but without any experience I'm not sure if that's possible yet. Im hoping $11-14 an hour...Is that reasonable and realistic?
Question answered by Lea
Starting pay for a certified tech is about $10-$11 per hour at Walgreens. Not all pharmacies will increase your salary if you're certified. Tech hiring is generally an internal transfer at a retail pharmacy.
Your expectations are a little high. Attending a tech program will not increase your potential income. You will not get hired at a hospital without any experience.
Want to get certified to become a Pharmacy tech, where do I start?
I worked in a pharmacy for 2 years about 14 years ago. It was my favorite job. Now it seem to get into it, they want you to be certified. I would love to get the certification that I need to work in a pharmacy again. But just don't know where to start. There are so many options with online school, what's the best one? Can anyone help me? Is there a pharmacy association you can go through?
Happy go Lucky:)
Question answered by Al in NC
Pharmacy rules and regulations vary by state.
Check the website of your state Board of Pharmacy to find out exactly what the regulations/rules are in your area.
Some pharmacies will hire a person as a Pharmacy Clerk and offer training so he or she can become a Pharmacy Technician.
If you are unable to find one in your area willing to do this then you have other options.
You can enroll in a Pharmacy Technician training program at many community colleges. Verify that the training meets the requirements established by your state Board of Pharmacy.
You can purchase some training manuals/CD's and study at home to prepare for the PTCE (Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam) offered by the PTCB.
Some good books (These are the training manuals used at the community colleges in my area).
The Pharmacy Technician, 3rd edition
The Pharmacy Technician Workbook & Certification Review, 3rd edition
At the website listed above you can buy an interactive PTCB CD-Rom (PTCB Examination Review Course).
With the CD you also get 4 months access to the online practice testing.
How does the pharmacy work? Do they make your medicine on the spot?
Can someone please explain the entire pharmacy procedure? Including what happens between the time you drop-off a prescription and when you go to pick it up.
Question answered by Leslie H
You drop off an Rx for say, 30 pills of something. They go get a big bottle of the stuff which they've purchased from the drug maker, say 300 pills, count out your 30 and then bottle them and put the other 270 back for the next people who need it. They then apply a label with your personal info to the bottle along with instructions on how often to take them. Your info should then go into their computer so that they can keep track of what you've been on and how often and what Dr.s have written the Rxs for you.
Most normal pharmacies do not mix up lotions and such- that's known as a compounding pharmacy which aren't very common and don't give out meds like your local Rite Aid or CVS or whatever. The exception to this would be suspensions- like when a little kid gets antibiotics in a pink bubblegum tasting syrup, the pharmacist has usually mixed that up.
Is it possible to become a pharmacy technician just passing the certificate exam wit out taking the classes?
My friend told me that becoming a pharmacy technican requires a certificate. But that can be obtained by passing the examination. She said that anyone can get a certificate without taking the courses. Taking the courses is recommended but not required, at least that's what she says. Is this true?
Question answered by TheCoffeeDiva
You need to pass the PTCB exam and also licensed with your state's Board of Pharmacy in order to become a pharmacy technician. The exam is HARD for those who have no idea what a pharmacy technician needs to know. There are a lot of pharmaceutical calculations as well as knowing the generic vs. brand name of prescription drugs (especially narcotics).
I would check with the PTCB as to their requirements in order to take the exam (www.ptcb.org).
Any way i can start learning pharmacy today as a teen to prepare myself for college?
i am currently a highschool student who is planning on majoring in pharmacy when i get to college at wvu. Pharmacy is a highly competitive major and they only alllow 21 students into the pharmacy school so you have to be good at it to get in. I am looking for any sites or programs that i can get on so i can start learning pharmacy now. does anyone know anywhere i culd get that or anyway i can start with this career??
Question answered by email@example.com
Hell yeha dude!!!!! im a 1st year Pharm.D. student here in LA, but ive had a passion for pharmacy since high school as well!!!
go to rxist.com or drugs.com and get the top 1,2,300 trade/generic names, and then the drugs indication/s(what its used for) and rip thru em!
know every brand and generic name for every drug, then learn what they're for, THEN learn each ones drug-drug interaction, AND THENNN learn drug-FOOD interactions. as soon as you think youve learned everything (btw, the above wil probably take a few years)
as soon as you graduate, go to Tech school and get a tech license, join ASHP (american society of health system pharmacists), and make some friends at your pharmacy school of choice.
How to apply to be a pharmacy technician in a hospital?
I'm planning to get licensed to be a pharmacy tech over the summer after I graduate from high school (but I'm a junior right now aha) and while in college I want to work as a hospital pharm tech to get the experience as I want to become a hospital pharmacist.
There's a hospital near the college I'm planning to attend, so do I just walk in a fill out an application, get interviewed later, etc. Or what do I do?
I'm not planning to be a long term pharm tech, possibly just until the license expires (which is about maybe two years)I just want to gain some experience in a hospital pharmacy setting.
Question answered by Filovirus
Every hospital pharmacy has a different process of hiring technicians (some do electronic apps, some do paper apps, some do interviews, some don't). Your best bet is to call and ask them.
Most hospitals and other pharmacies won't hire you unless you're a certified technician (either through passing the certification test or completing a program). Most junior colleges offer the program but it's overly expensive (~$2,000) and a waste of time. If you're a bright student, you can just pick up a study book and register for the certification test (~$100) at www.ptcb.org.
On the other hand, if you simply want to get experience in hospital pharmacy, your other option would be to see if you could simply go and work as a volunteer. Since you aren't a liability as one of their employees, they would be more willing to take you as a student volunteer. Again, every hospital is different, and you should call them.
Best of luck!
Edit: The other poster is incorrect. First of all, a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) is NOT the same as a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). Second, most pharmacy students and pharmacists do have exposure working/volunteering in a pharmacy (hospital included) prior to committing themselves into the field. How else would they know if pharmacy is right for them if they didn't try it out first? As a matter of fact, many of us students here still work as certified technicians while we are in school to stay fresh. Lastly, as I stated above, some hospitals will take volunteers and let you get the exposure and allow you to do pharmacy related things within the boundaries of their practice.
What are the requirements to get into a good Pharmacy school?
(Pharmacy school as in a University or a college)
What GPA and SAT scores would impress Pharmacy schools?
Would taking the SAT II for biology, chemistry, and mathematics increase my chances in getting into one?
Question answered by matt
There is a lot of misinformation about pharm schools floating around Yahoo, so to get RELIABLE information, check the website of the AACP. that is the official national organization that coordinates info about all accredited Colleges of Pharmacy in the USA.
There are some pharm schools that have a six year program - two years undergrad and then the standard four years of pharm school - The first main thing you need to get into a six year program in pharmacy direct from HS is a near perfect GPA with AP chem and AP bio and 5's on the AP exams, and then very solid SATs and good achievement scores. Then you need a totally clear disciplinary record and really good references. Pharm schools do not want anyone with any kind of irresponsible actions on their record.... when you are a pharmacist, or even a trainee, you have to act with 100% professionalism.
To get into most pharm schools these days, you cannot be admitted direct from HS, you must attend college and apply from college. They will look at your college GPA, expecially your pre-professional classes of chem, biochem, organic chem, bio, etc. For most schools you need to take and score well on the PCAT exams.
The competition to get into pharm school is no joke. Our local state pharm school is neither famous nor high ranked and there was a recent news article that said that over 1200 applicants competed for 90 seats this year.
Good luck. If you want this career, you will have to work hard for it.
What pharmacy journal do I subscribe to?
I am a pre-pharmacy student. I would look to subscribe to some sort of journal to keep myself updated on pharmacy issues which may come up during a pharmacy school interview. Any suggestions?
Question answered by =W=
I would recommend you subscribe to Drug Topics, Pharmacy Times, and Pharmacy Practice News. I believe they are all free and you can get them digitally. I also recommend you join your local Pharmacy organization. They usually have a newsletter or Journal and if you attend the meetings you can network!