Allergy season sees increase in prescription orders

Many people make regular trips to the pharmacy each spring as allergy season hits most of the nation. Pharmacy technicians also see an increase in allergy medication orders this time of year.

Almost all regions of the country experience a rise in types of allergies in the spring season but some cities have a more challenging time than others.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released its preliminary 2012 Spring Allergy Capitals report, which identifies the 100 “most challenging” U.S. cities to live in with spring allergies. The scientific analysis is based on factors including prevalence data, seasonal pollen, allergy medicine utilization per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists.

The top ten most challenging cities to live with spring allergies are:

1. Knoxville, TN
2. McAllen, TX
3. Louisville, KY
4. Jackson, MS
5. Wichita, KS
6. Oklahoma City, OK
7. Chattanooga, TN
8. Memphis, TN
9. San Antonio, TX
10. Dayton, OH

For some people, the only experience they have with a pharmacy is filling a prescription for allergy medication. Pharmacy technicians play an important role in pharmacies – year-round – as they perform duties such as taking prescription orders and filling them.

Ayers Career College’s Pharmacy Tech training program prepares students with the skills they need to become reliable members of a pharmacy healthcare team. In addition to providing valuable technical and clerical support to pharmacists, a pharmacy technician mixes, re-packages, labels, and delivers drugs to patients. Students may also maintain computer files dealing with patients and their medications.

In less than a year, students could be out of our Pharmacy Technician training school and into a stable career.


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