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About pharmacy technicians

Pharmacy technicians are health care professionals who help pharmacists maintain inventories of medications and prescription records of pharmaceutical products; ensure that the information on prescriptions is accurate; enter client information in databases and prepare medications for clients; compound oral solutions, ointments and creams; bill third-party insurance; and may help with scheduling and flow.

Pharmacy technicians work at retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

CIHI collects high-level, standardized information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. This includes information on their supply, distribution, demographics and regulatory environment. To find out more about CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

Learn more about pharmacy technicians in our recent release on Canada’s health care providers.