My personal opinion is that yes, it is extremely helpful to learn the drug names and generally what they are used for! You will get a lot of requests on the phone along the lines of "I want to get my cholesterol medicine refilled". Well, if you know the most popular cholesterol by brand and generic (Zocor and Mevacor are available in generic now) you can provide good customer service. When you are typing in prescriptions, you will have a lot of questions about "Is this drug available in generic?" I carried around a brand/generic book with me the first 6 months I worked as a tech.i was just wondering if pharm techs have to memorize or know the drug names when working at a retail pharmacy? I just thought that they only interpret doctor's written directions and input them into the computer. is it helpful at all to learn the drug names and what are they used for?
what does it take to be a good pharm tech at a community pharmacy?
Anybody know of any other brand/generic handbooks I could get a hold of since the mylan one is apparently OOS. I just got hired as a pharm tech for Walgreens and after spending a couple days training, it has been very intimidating.You can get a free one through Mylan.