Magazine article Drug Topics

Technicians, R.Ph.S: Who Should Be Liable?

Magazine article Drug Topics

Technicians, R.Ph.S: Who Should Be Liable?

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Should technicians be held liable for their work or should the supervising pharmacist be accountable? While most retail R.Ph.s believe the buck should stop with the supervising R.Ph., there's a growing number of hospital pharmacists who feel that techs should be held accountable for their deeds and that should be licensed, rather than registered.

ASHP and the American Pharmaceutical Association, in a White Paper that was issued jointly in 1996, recommended that in states where the board of pharmacy wishes to exert some direct oversight of technicians, a system of registration-rather than licensing-should be used. In the White Paper, the two groups stressed that licensed R.Ph.s should be held accountable for the quality of pharmacy services that are provided under their charge.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy believes that techs should be registered in order to make them more accountable. NABP has come across situations in which "technicians are involved in activities they shouldn't be involved in," such as illegal dispensing of controlled substances. …

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