Pharmacy technician students need to know the basic common prescription abbreviations used in the field. On a prescription order, Rx abbreviations are constantly used. Pharmacy Techs must be able to decode every term in order to avoid filling errors and billing discrepancies. The list on this page are only a fraction of what prescribers currently use**. If you're in a pharm tech program (i.e. - Carrington, Penn Foster, etc) please consult the list provided in your training materials.
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Q. Why memorize these prescription abbreviations?
A. Knowing them will help keep patients (and your job) safer!
When a medical doctor writes a prescription order, they use sig codes / abbreviations to let the pharmacy know the quantity, frequency and route of administration for medications. As a pharmacy technician student studying for the PTCB or ExCPT exam, it's highly recommended to memorize all of the abbreviations your training program covers. After you pass the pharmacy tech test and start your career, knowing all of these sig codes will be a vital part of your competency.
**This list of pharmacy abbreviations is not a complete list, but designed to cover the most common. As with the rest of this site, this list is more of a quick reference of the prescription abbreviations and acronyms most likely to be found when studying for the PTCB or ExCPT exams.
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