MISSUSE

Medication misuse is a problem

A 2013 patient survey called Medication Adherence in America: A National Report Card found that many Americans misuse prescribed medication.

Americans 40 and older with a chronic medical condition earned a C+ on average and one in seven members of this group received an F when it comes to taking their medications correctly, a press release discussing the survey reported. The survey found that in the past 12 months many patients in this group failed to fill a prescription, neglected to have a prescription refilled, missed a dose, took a lower dose than prescribed, took a higher dose than prescribed, stopped a prescription early, took an old medication for a new problem without consulting a doctor, took someone else’s medicine or forgot whether they’d taken a medication.

“The academic year has drawn to a close for most students, but when it comes to taking their prescription drugs, it’s many of the parents who may require summer school,” said National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. “Proper prescription drug use can improve patient health outcomes and lower healthcare costs, so anything less than an A on medication adherence is concerning. Pharmacists can help patients and caregivers overcome barriers to effectively and consistently follow medication regimens. Indeed, independent community pharmacists in particular may be well-suited to boost patient adherence given their close connection with patients and their caregivers.”

The survey shows just how important it is for pharmacy technicians to communicate proper medication practices to their customers.

Pharmacies across the country are searching for professionally trained pharmacy technicians. If you are considering a career as a pharmacy tech, its important to choose a training program that will provide you with the training employers are looking for.

There are many pharmacy technician schools and training programs to choose from, but if you are serious about building a long-term career and being sought after by employers, then the type of training you will receive at The Healthcare Institute is what you should be looking for.

The best pharmacy technician training program are led by instructors that have experience in the industry and job placement specialists who can help you transition quickly from the classroom to a stable career.

Pharmacy technicians are in high demand and can work in a variety of settings. Some of those settings include retail pharmacies, grocery stores, department stores, mass retailers, hospitals, mail-order and internet pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and government offices. However, the best employers are looking for pharmacy technicians that they know have received the best professional training, which is why graduates of the The Healthcare Institute are highly sought after by employers.

You also want to find a school and training program that will provide you with the specific training you need to obtain your license. The Healthcare Institute provides that type of training because it is near impossible to find a job as a pharmacy technician without a license.

The pharmacy technician training program at The Healthcare Institute provides quality instruction but does not take years to complete. Within months a student is able to complete the necessary training and be well on their way to securing their dream job. The number one goal of attending any school is to eventually find the best job you can, and The Healthcare Institute’s high job placement rate is yet another feature that sets it apart from other training programs and pharmacy technician schools.

In the same way you want to weigh your options when choosing a school you also want to consider your options when choosing a new career field. That is another reason why the pharmacy technician industry is such an attractive one for job seekers. Those looking for a profession that offers good pay, a great work environment, a variety of tasks and future growth are able to meet all those desires in the pharmacy technician field.

When choosing a new career it’s hard to beat the job of a pharmacy technician and when picking the right school it’s hard to beat The Healthcare Institute’s pharmacy technician training program.

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