Inventory Management for the Pharmacy Technician

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the technology available to help pharmacies manage inventory, including computer systems, perpetual inventory systems, and automatic dispensing systems. 
  • Describe the automatic dispensing machines available to help pharmacies manage their inventory, including how errors can occur with these machines. 
  • Recognize the concepts of availability, expiration dates, and turnover rates, and their application in managing inventory. 
  • Discuss the process of ordering medication for a pharmacy, including terminology associated with ordering, where medications may be obtained from, automatic and manual ordering procedures, and special ordering considerations.
  • Summarize the process of receiving medication orders, including receiving regular orders, medications with special storage conditions, controlled substances, and new products as well as paying invoices and what to do if an order is incorrect or damaged upon receipt.
  • Describe the procedures for returning medications that are outdated, damaged, recalled, or overstocked, including controlled substances, and when it is appropriate to destroy medications that cannot be used. 
  • List five reasons for repackaging medications from bulk bottles into unit dose packages and the labeling requirements for repackaged medications. 
  • Recall the temperatures required for medication storage at room temperature as well as refrigeration and freezing.
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