Basic Pharmacist Assistant Learnership at Dis-Chem

Dis-Chem Pharmacies has Pharmacist Assistants Learnership opportunities at the Woodlands, Gauteng and Bloemfontein. You will perform specified duties under the direct personal supervision of a pharmacist in dispensary.

Since 1978, Dis-Chem has been South Africa’s first choice in pharmacies, and no wonder, with our linked dispensaries, family clinics, comprehensive self-medication centres and so much more.


  • Learn to accurately interpret scripts and act in a professional and responsible manner and within the legal requirements in accordance with the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC)
  • Capture patients’ details accurately, and verify patients’ details on the system
  • Ensure accurate picking / packing / labelling and checking of medication and be aware of common dosages as well as important drug interactions
  • Give accurate instructions to patients regarding the correct use of medicine supplied
  • Keep abreast of changes in medical aid procedures and requirements for claims and dispensing
  • Ensure all medications are checked for accuracy by a, and signed by a, pharmacist
  • Assist in the sale of Schedule 1 medicines or scheduled substances
  • Assist with the compounding, manipulation or preparation of a non-sterile medicine or scheduled substance according to a formula and standard operating procedures approved by the responsible pharmacist
  • Assist with the manufacturing of a non-sterile medicine or scheduled substance according to a formula and standard operating procedures (SOPs) approved by the responsible pharmacist
  • Assist in re-packaging of medicine
  • Assist in the distribution and control of stock of Schedule 1 to Schedule 5 medicines or scheduled substances
  • Advise and assist patients at the dispensary, self-medication counter and front-shop
  • Follow up with patients regarding script tracking report as requested by the dispensary manager and follow up on appointments
  • Explain medical aid costs to patients
  • Provide information to individuals in order to promote health
  • Process all paperwork necessary for the accurate submission of claims to medical aids
  • Correct errors on scripts rejected by medical aid
  • Ensure authorisation of chronic, HIV and AIDS and oncology medication
  • Maintain customer profiles on the system
  • Merge profiles locally and UCS should be notified to merge profiles centrally
  • Take note of any message on the customer profile, and take suitable action
  • Report on low / out of stock levels and stock errors to the dispensary manager
  • Receive dispensary stock in accordance with Dis-Chem’s SOPs, and merchandise according to First Expired, First Out (FEFO)
  • Facilitate bi-annual stock takes
  • Exercise stock, cash and asset control


  • Grade 12 / Matric (with Mathematics – HG, and Life Science and/or Physical Science obtained at least an average of 50%)
  • No retail/FMCG experience necessary
  • Computer literate – MS Office
  • Sound numerical skills
  • Strong command of the English language

How to apply

Applications close on 18 November 2017.

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