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A Brief List of Commonly Used Pharmacy Terms.

Updated: Jun 17


  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)–You will be considered a CPhT once you have successfully passed the ExCPT or PTCE.

  • Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT)-This exam is a nationally accredited certification exam for pharmacy technicians that is offered by the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)–This is a nationally accredited certification exam for pharmacy technicians that is offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. 

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)–The nation’s first and most trusted pharmacy technician credentialing organization. 

  • State Board of Pharmacy (SBOP)–This is where a technician can register and renew their state licensure. 

  • Managed Care Pharmacy – A pharmacy that will focus on managing prescription drug benefits to help improve patient care and pharmacy costs. Examples Include: Express Scripts, Humana Pharmacy Solutions, Optum Rx (United Health), Caremark (CVS Health)

  • Retail Pharmacy–This is most likely a chain pharmacy that sells prescriptions to patients.  Examples Include: CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy

  • Independent Pharmacy–This is normally pharmacist-owned, and not directly associated with a pharmacy chain. 

  • Mail-Order Pharmacy– A pharmacy that will deliver medications to your home.

  • Health System Pharmacy: Inpatient Pharmacy This is a pharmacy that will treat patients who have more complicated conditions than those in an outpatient setting. This pharmacy is normally a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year operation. 

  • Satellite Pharmacy- A mini pharmacy that is located in the hospital near a main patient care unit. 

  • Specialty Pharmacy –This type of pharmacy will handle medications that are usually not stocked in your typical retail pharmacy. These medications are called “specialty medications”.  Examples include: Accredo Pharmacy, Briova Rx, Avella Pharmacy

  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 795/797/800 –These are considered compounding standards.  795 - Nonsterile Preparation 797- Sterile Preparation 800 - Handling of Hazard Drugs

  • IV Room–This is often used in a hospital or in a pharmacy setting where sterile medications are prepared.

  • Sterile Compounding–Creating a medication in an environment that is free from all microorganisms. 

  • Non-Sterile Compounding–Creating a medication in a clean environment but does not require the environment to be free from all microorganisms. 












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