# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Pharmacy Technician II Task 892628071

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Compound medications in anticipation of prescription/medication orders.


Compounding should include
  • assembling equipment, raw materials, and procedures needed for compounding item of medication
  • following pharmacy's procedures for bulk compounding, including verifying, packaging, and labeling
  • determining sterile vs. non-sterile preparation
  • storing completed compounded product
  • logging the information as required by the pharmacy (e.g., state/federal laws) and/or manufacturer
  • following United States pharmacopeia standards and state and federal regulations.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the common procedures used to compound medications?
  • Why is it important to document the preparation of all bulk, unit dose, and special doses of medications prepared for immediate use or in anticipation of future use?
  • Why is it critical to use aseptic technique in compounding certain medication orders?
  • What laws, regulations, and policies govern the level of pharmacist verification of technician work that must occur before medications are ready for distribution?
  • What laws, regulations, and policies govern the area/equipment used when compounding sterile and non-sterile medications?

Related Standards of Learning

History and Social Science


The student will apply social science skills to understand the process by which public policy is made by

  1. defining public policy and determining how to differentiate public and private action;
  2. examining different perspectives on the role of government;
  3. describing how the national government influences the public agenda and shapes public policy by examining examples such as the Equal Rights Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965;
  4. describing how the state and local governments influence the public agenda and shape public policy;
  5. investigating and evaluating the process by which policy is implemented by the bureaucracy at each level;
  6. analyzing how the incentives of individuals, interest groups, and the media influence public policy; and
  7. devising a course of action to address local and/or state issues.

Other Related Standards

Code of Virginia Statutes Related to Pharmacy Technicians

Va. Code §54.1-3410.2 — Compounding; pharmacists’ authority to compound under certain conditions; labeling and record maintenance requirements


HOSA Competitive Events

Health Science Events


Medical Spelling


Medical Terminology


Medical Math


Knowledge Test: Pharmacology


Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Examination Required Knowledge

II. Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems

II.4. Knowledge of dosage forms


II.20. Knowledge of preparation, storage requirements, and documentation for medications compounded in anticipation of prescriptions or medication orders


II.21. Knowledge of repackaging, storage requirements, and documentation for finished dosage forms prepared in anticipation of prescriptions or medication orders


II.25. Knowledge of quality assurance policies, procedures, and practices for medication and inventory control systems