Pharmacy Spotlight: Stacie Stropkovics
Pharmacy Awareness Month – Pharmacist Spotlight
Stacie Stropkovics, Registered Pharmacy Technician
- Please describe what you do at MPGL, and how long you’ve been working with us.
I have been a licensed, regulated pharmacy technician since 2011. I have worked for Medical Pharmacies for 4 years and have worked in a pharmacy since 2004. My responsibilities as a pharmacy technician include product checking weekly medication strips, new and refill orders for our nursing home patients, and verifying orders have been entered correctly thru technical entry verification (TEV) . However, I have been trained in many other roles in the pharmacy including batch billing, running the PacMed machine, retail dispensing, setting up perpetual inventory, scanning hard copies, placing drug orders, and putting the stock away.
- Why do you think your role is important?
My role is important in supporting the pharmacist so they can focus on therapeutics and patient care.
- What is the best thing about working for Medical Pharmacies?
The best part of working for MPGL is the collaboration that occurs amongst our team, consisting of technicians, pharmacists, registered nurses and physicians. In addition, I really enjoy the continuous learning resulting from the resolution of patient-specific issues (i.e. drug-drug interactions and drug-disease interactions).
- To date, what professional achievement are you most proud of?
I am most proud that I have taken a special interest in the diabetic population as I am a Type 1 diabetic. I educate patients on new meter training, as well as insulin pens and flash glucose monitoring. I love helping at the retail level, answering all the diabetes-related technical questions that patients may have. I have become a reference to my colleagues when something comes up regarding diabetes. I feel very valued by my customers, as well my colleagues.
- You find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
If I was to find a winning lottery ticket, I would decrease my hours to work part-time. In my spare time, I would volunteer at a paediatric diabetes clinic, assisting newly-diagnosed diabetic children adjust to the life of a diabetic.