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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 20, 2016 09:10 AM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Pharmacy Technicians
I intend to re-introduce legislation (HB 854 of 2015) that will require pharmacy technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy. In order to register with the Board, pharmacy technicians will have to meet certain requirements such as having a high school diploma, submitting to a criminal history background check and completing a board-approved training program.

There is currently no state-required standardized training or minimal education requirements for pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians are unlicensed, unregistered employees who are supervised by licensed Pharmacists and assist in filling prescription orders.

Currently, 45 states including Maryland and New Jersey require pharmacy technicians to be either registered, or licensed. That means Pennsylvania is one of only 5 states that do not require even the most minimal state oversight of pharmacy technicians.

With the volume of prescriptions increasing and a growing shortage of pharmacists, it is more important than ever that every employee assisting the pharmacist be trained and meet minimum standard requirements.

I invite you to co-sponsor this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as HB454