Continuing Education

The Role of the Pharmacy Technician in Inventory Management

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Guerdon G.R. Green, MBA, CPhT


Guerdon G.R. Green, MBA, CPhT has no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

The following reviewer, Marsha K. Millonig, BSPharm, MBA, hereby states that she or her spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

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Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-12-030-H04-T
Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 CEUs)
Type of Activity: Knowledge


This accredited activity has been designed for pharmacy technicians.

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The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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This activity will educate pharmacy technicians about the many different aspects of inventory management in a community pharmacy setting, including how good inventory management may increase overall pharmacy profitability by establishing best inventory practices.


After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Recognize ways to improve overall profitability through better inventory management in a community pharmacy setting;
  2. Describe best practices for a cycle count in a community pharmacy setting;
  3. Outline the steps to better manage the community pharmacy’s inventory as a product transitions from a branded to a generic status;
  4. Discuss best practices for items that are returned to stock in a community pharmacy setting; and
  5. Identify positive and negative events affecting the inventory of a community pharmacy.
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choocoolooks's picturePharmacy TechnicianchoocoolooksJoined: Oct, 2013
Location: AVON PARK, FL
Posts: 1

There was so much information that even some pharmacists knew nothing about. Very Informative .

Kiambe's picturePharmacy TechnicianKiambeJoined: Jul, 2013
Location: Hollywood, CA
Posts: 5

Such useful information! Well written and explained.