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Pharmacy Technician

Medication names, uses, vocabulary, and Sigs

Lotions Fluid emulsion or suspension intended for external use
Prescription An order for a medication or device by a licensed prescriber
Ointments Semi-solid topical dosage forms with a petrolatum base
Suspensions A solid not dissolved in a liquid. Suspensions must be shaken before use.
Gels Semi-solid suspension, usually in water, of very small particles - also called Colloidal Suspensions
Brand Name Trademarked name of a medication - the medication name given by the original manufacturer
Drug A substance used to treat or cure a symptom or disease
Chewables Tablets that are flavored to be pleasant tasting and chewed before swallowing. Chewable tablets are often used for children's medications
Motrin/Ibuprofen Pain
Capsules Gelatin shells containing medication. They can mask unpleasant taste or smell of medication. Long acting types are formulated to dissolve slowly in the intestines.
OTC Medications that do not require a prescription
gm/g Gram, the most common measurement for creams and ointments
Generic Name A name used to identify a drug other than the brand name - multiple manufacturers can make products using this name
Powders Finely ground solid material
Tablets A dosage form made by compression of ingredients. May be coated to promote easier swallowing and are made for a variety of administration routes
Solutions Liquid dosage forms with all medications dissolved in one another
Extended-Release (ER) Dosage form that is formulated to release over time
Will Call Bin The drawers or cart set aside for prescriptions that are ready but not yet picked up by a customer
Vendor Company we purchase product from - can include medications or supplies
Vicodin/Hydrocodone & Acetaminophen Pain
Elixirs A clear, sweetened liquid that traditionally contained alcohol
Metamucil/Psyllium Gastrointestinal Disorders (constipation)
Ceftin/Cefuroxime Infectious Disease
Senokot/Senna Gastrointestinal Disorders (constipation)
DEA# Number assigned by the Federal Government to doctors and pharmacies authorized to prescribe or dispense controlled substances
Zofran/Ondansetron Gastrointestinal Disorders (Nausea & Vomiting)
Prevacid/Lansoproazole Gastrointestinal Disorders (excess acid or GERD)
Flonase/Fluticasone Allergies & Asthma (Steroid Nasal Inhaler)
Benadryl/Diphenhydramine Allergies & Asthma (antihistamine)
Otic Referring to the ear
RPh Registered Pharmacist
Reconstitute Process of adding a measured amount of distilled water to a powder to make a liquid
Final Verification The process of the pharmacist performing a final check of a prescription before it is dispensed to the patient
Counsel Procedure of a pharmacist instructing a patient about their medication or health
Side Effect An unwanted or unintended effect produced from taking a drug in normal dosages
Controls (2s AND 4s) Also known as controlled drugs - medications assigned as requiring extra security and oversight due to potential for abuse
HBC non grocery, non prescription items stocked near the pharmacy (i.e. vitamins, aspirin, shampoo, make-up)
DUR A conflict with a prescription that requires a pharmacist to review (i.e. allergy, interaction, unusual dose)
iu International Units - a measurement for some vitamins, most commonly, vitamin D
Pharm D Abbreviation for a pharmacist who has completed a six year clinical degree
Co-Pay The amount a customer has to pay when getting a prescription filled on an insurance card
CBT Computer based training
Data Entry Process of entering the prescription information into the computer
ml The most common measurement for liquid medications
Face the Shelves Process of adjusting the products on each shelf so that the front of the product is clearly visible and all products are placed towards the front of the shelf
Suppositories Solid dosage form to be inserted rectally or vaginally
Terminal Computer station
Patient Profile Computer record of patient information including personal, medical and prescription history
WCB Written to indicate the doctor was called and is going to call back later
Nexium/Esomeprazol Gastrointestinal Disorders (excess acid or GERD)
Ativan/Lorazepam Anti-Anxiety
Fomulary A list of medications an insurance company pays for or charges less to the customer
Serevent/Salmeterol Allergies & Asthma (Oral Inhaler)
Niacin/Nicotinic Acid High Cholesterol
Split Bill A claim that is billed to two different insurance carriers. The primary insurance is billed first, and then the portion the primary insurance did not pay is billed to the secondary insurance.
Reject A prescription claim that an insurance company denied payment
Premium The monthly fee charges by an insurance company for coverage
T/P or Third Party An insurance plan
Cardholder The subscriber to an insurance policy
Tylenol #3/Codeine & Acetaminophen Pain
Workflow The process of organizing work to occur at separate stations to increase efficiency and productivity
Cymbalta/Duloxetine Antidepressant
Deductible The amount the patient must pay before the insurer will cover additional medical expenses
Sig Abbreviation for directions of a prescription
Cash A prescription transaction filled with no insurance
Dextromethorphan Cough
Daypro/Oxaproxin Pain
Feldene/Piroxicam Pain
Starlix/Nateglinide Diabetes
Flovent/Fluticasone Allergies & Asthma (Steroid Oral Inhaler)
Aleve or Naprosyn/Naproxen Pain
Auxiliary Label Labels that contain additional information, reminders or warnings for the customer
Glucotrol/Glipizide Diabetes
Rhinocort AQ/Budesonide Allergies & Asthma (Steroid Basal Inhaler)
Dyazide or Maxzide/Triamterene and HCTZ Hypertension
Cleocin/Clindamycin Infectious Disease
Hycodan, Tussinex/Hydrocodone Cough
Creams A topical dosage form that contains viscous liquid or semi-solid emulsions of oil and water
Fibercon/Polycarbophil Gastrointestinal Disorders (Constipation)
Ampules Sterile containers (usually glass) containing a single dose of medication
DOB Date of Birth
Emulsion A liquid that will not dissolve in another liquid. Emulsions must be shaken before use.
Colace/Docusate Sodium Gastrointestinal Disorders (constipation)
Imodium/Loperamide Gastrointestinal Disorders (diarrhea)
Aerosols Liquid or gaseous medications delivers via a spray. Also contain propellants and valve systems.
Fill Process of completing a prescription order
Transfer Moving a prescription from one pharmacy to another.
Expiration Date The last date the manufacturer guarantees the medication to be at full strength.
Zantac/Ranitidine Gastrointestinal Disorders (excess acid or GERD)
Pepcid/Famotidine Gastrointestinal Disorders (excess acid or GERD)
Workstation An assigned place were certain tasks are preformed.
Keflex/Cephalexin Infectious Disease
Amoxicillin Infectious Disease
Duricef/Cefadroxil Infectious Disease
Micronase or Diabeta/Glyburide Diabetes
Clinoril/Sulindac Pain
Pulmicort/Budesonide Allergies and Asthma (Steroid Oral Inhaler)
Co-insurance An agreement of cost sharing between patient and insurer.
Tetracycline Infectious Disease
Zithromax/Azithromycin Infectious Disease
Effexor/Venlafaxine Antidepressant
Singulair/Montelukast Allergies and Asthma (Asthma)
Diovan/Valsartan Hypertension
Cozaar/Losartan Hypertension
Ceclor/Cefaclor Infectious Disease
Cipro/Ciprofloxin Infectious Disease
Augmentin/Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid Infectious Disease
Avelox/Moxifloxacin Infectious Disease
Percocet/Oxycodone and Acetaminphen Pain
Xanax/Alprazolam Anti-Anxiety
Zyrtec/Certirizine Allergies and Asthma (antihistamine)
Claritin/Loratidine Allergies and Asthma (antihistamine)
Dulcolax/Bisacodyl Gastrointestinal Disorders (constipation)
Lot Number An identification number that allows the manufacturer to identify the specific batch of a medication.
Proventil HFA or Ventolin HFA/Albuterol Allergies and Asthma (Oral Inhaler)
Celebrex/Celecoxib Pain
Zetia/Ezetimibe High Cholesterol
Online adjudicaion Resolution of coverage through communications of the pharmacy and insurer computers
Tricor/Fenofibrate High Cholesterol
Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) The maximum price per unit the insurer will pay for a particular product.
Pharmacy benefit managers Companies that administer drug benefits
Zocor/Simvastatin High Cholesterol
Prolosec/Omeprazole Gastrointestinal Disorders (excess acid or GERD)
Transdermal A topical system designed to release medication into the body through the skin.
Dual co-pay Co-pays with two prices, one for generic another for brand.
Valium/Diazepam Anti-anxiety
Celexa.Citalopram Antidepressant
mg The most common measurement for tablet and capsule strength
NDC The 11-digit identifying number on every medication that specifies the manufacturer, drug and bottle size.
Tech A non pharmacist who works in the pharmacy.
Rx Abbreviation for prescription
HIPAA Law passed in 1996 that ensures patient privacy of all protected health information (PHI)
Lomotil/Diphenoxylate and Atripone Gastrointestinal Disorders (diarrhea)
OTC Antacids such as Mylanta and Maalox Gastrointestinal Disorders (excess acid or GERD)
Lexapro/Escitalopram Antidepressant
Allegra/Fexofenadine Allergies and Asthma (antihistamine)
Till Money drawer in the cash register
Lopid/Gemfibrozil High Cholesterol
Beconase AQ/ Beclomethasone Allergies and Asthma (Steroid Nasal Inhaler)
Avapro/Irbesartan Hypertension
Calan/Verapamil Hypertension
Special Order An item not carrided by the pharmacy but ordered for a specific customer.
Hydrodiuril/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Hypertension
Lipitor/Atorvastatin High Cholesterol
Astelin/Azelastine Allergies and Asthma (Antihistamine Nasal Inhaler)
Mucinex/Guaifenesin Cough
Buspar/Buspirone Anti-anxiety
U and C or UCR The maximum amount and insurer will pay for a given prescription, determined to be a usual and customary (and reasonable) price
Ophthalmic Referring to the eye
Enteric Coated (EC) Tablet with a coating that prevents dissolution in the stomach and is dissolved in the intestine.
Prozac/Fluozetine Antidepressant
Pristiq/Desvenlafaxine Antidepressant
Wellbutrin/Buproprion Antidepressant
Rotate Stock Process of moving the oldest stock to the front of the shelf and placing the newest stock at the back
Klonopin/Clonazepam Anti-anxiety
Crestor/Rosuvastatin High Cholesterol
Adalat/Nifedipine Hypertension
Erythromycin Infectious Disease
Caplets Tablets shaped similar to a capsule.
Desyrel/Trazodone Antidepressant
Omnicef/Cefdinir Infectious Disease
Glucophage/Metformin Diaglitazonbetes
Nasarel/Flunisolide Allergies and Asthma (Steroid Nasal Inhaler)
Suprax/Cefixime Infectious Disease
Actos/Pioglitazone Diabtes
Prinivil or Zestril/Lisinopril Hypertension
Monopril/Fosinopril Hypertension
Codeine Cough (or pain)
Norvasc/Amlodipine Hypertension
Tenormin/Atnolol Hypertension
Cefzil/Cefuroxine Infectious Disease
Biaxin/Clarithromycin Infectious Disease
Bactrim or Sulfa/Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole Infectious Disease
Lorabid/Loracarbef Infectious Disease
Levaquin/Levofloxacin Infectious Disease
Altace/Ramipril Hypertension
Citrucel/Methylcellulose Gastrointestinal Disorders (constipation)
OxyContin/Oxycodone Pain
Voltaren/Diclofenac Pain
Kaopectate/Atapulgite Gastrointestinal Disorder (diarrhea)
Toradol/Ketorolac Pain
Indocin/Indomethacin Pain
Lodine/Etodolac Pain
cc an abbreviation used on prescriptions generally considered equal to one milliliter (ml)
Prandin/Repaglinide Diabetes
Micardis/Telmisartan Hypertension
Paxil/Paroxetine Antidepressant
Penicillin Infectious Disease
Lopressor or Toprol XL/Metoprolol Hypertension
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