Gulp, Don't Gargle: A Review of Technical Snares in Dispensing Medication and the Methods to Overcome Them

Michelle Stewart, PhC

Michelle Stewart became a pharmacist in 2009 but insists that she truly began practicing pharmacy years later, when she hired Ashley Potter RPT. As a preceptor for three assistants bridging to the role of Pharmacy Technician, Michelle had every opportunity to understand the potential of a pharmacy team with technical support. On the Westside of New Glasgow in rural Nova Scotia that potential is being realized and the benefits of this model exceed what was only a notion a few years ago.  In appreciation for the opportunities afforded to her through Technician support, Michelle aims to provide Nova Scotia's RPTs with practice resources to prevent dispensing errors.


Over many years and through much trial and error, pharmacists have worked through the hazards of medication dispensing. From our learnings, our counterparts, Pharmacy Technicians, may reap the benefits of our methods and protect our patients through accurate and safe dispensing. In this session, participants will review common technical errors and discover the most valuable methods for accurate practice.

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