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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 13, 2012 02:05 PM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Pharmacy Technicians (HB 320 of 2011)
I intend to re-introduce legislation (HB 320 of 2011) that will require pharmacy technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy and pass a board-approved certification examination.

Pharmacy technicians are unlicensed employees who are supervised by licensed pharmacists and assist in filling prescription orders. There is no standardized training or minimal education requirements for pharmacy technicians. With the volume of prescriptions increasing and a growing shortage of pharmacists, it is more important than ever that employees assisting the pharmacist be trained and have passed a standardized examination.

In addition to requiring certification, technicians will have to complete a board-approved training program. The bill also provides for grandfathering of technicians who can demonstrate proof of practicing as a pharmacy technician for at least three years.

Introduced as HB370