Celebrate Pharmacy Technician Day by Applauding Their Impact

Pharmacy Technician Day is October 18, 2022 — but their contributions make a difference year-round.

By: McKesson Health Systems Editorial Team

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Pharmacy Techs Keep Rising to the Occasion

For more than three decades, the third Tuesday of October has been designated as a day of recognition for pharmacy technicians. And every day, their role as a vital member of the healthcare team continues to evolve. We’d like to take the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of pharmacy technicians whose training and professionalism support positive outcomes — not only for the patients they serve directly, but also for the health systems that rely on their insights as consultants, data analysts, and other advanced positions.

Like others in the healthcare profession, pharmacy techs were asked to take on more responsibilities as the pandemic put a strain on human resources. From administering vaccines to tackling complex purchasing issues made more difficult by supply chain interruptions, pharmacy technicians have stepped up to the challenge. Many have expanded their roles and proficiency in a variety of tasks. Along with technician coordination operator, the role of pharmacy communication coordinator emerged, aimed at assisting staff and other departments with communications. Additionally, a drug shortage management coordinator role developed during the pandemic, centralizing the task of obtaining critically needed medications for entire health systems. This position allowed for up-to-date communications throughout health systems about critical medications, manufacturer policies, and inventory availability.

Pharmacy technicians at every level are problem solvers, and they also have robust professional development opportunities to hone their skills and explore new areas of interest. It’s a growing field that offers multiple paths for advancement. On Pharmacy Technician Day and every day, it’s a great time to thank a pharmacy technician for all they do to support patient care and pharmacy operations.

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