Within the state of Maine, there are no requirements or regulations to work as a Pharmacy Assistant. The assistant is able to help the technician and pharmacist manage the pharmacy, which normally include clerical, customer service, and administrative functions. They are not authorized to fill prescriptions, counsel patients or answer questions, and handle drugs. They may be required to greet customers, answer and field telephone calls, perform data entry functions, and ring up customers on the cash register, and maintain previously filled prescriptions. They are the support of the Pharmacy Technician and the Pharmacist.
In the state of Maine, there are no requirements for becoming a Pharmacy Technician. The individual may be required to obtain proper certification to continue a career in pharmacy. This can be completed by obtaining certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, who administers the national Pharmacy Technician exam. Also, Technician’s may also consult the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians to pass the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technician’s.
Currently, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board is the only agency in Maine that is approved for pharmacy tech certification of an advanced pharmacy technician; the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians has also applied, and their exam, the ExCPT, may become an option in the future.
When applying to become a Technician, one must pay a non-refundable registration fee of twenty five dollars made payable to the Maine State Treasurer, and you must also pay a twenty one dollar fee for a criminal background check.
In the state of Maine, there is a difference between a Pharmacy Technician and a Pharmacy Technician Advanced. In order to become an advanced Technician, one must be certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and have completed the National Community Pharmacy Technician Training Program. To continue a rewarding career in pharmacy, the interested individual must obtain continuing education credits annually as required by law to keep their certificate active.
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