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Texas Rethinks Mandatory Certification for Technicians

Magazine article Drug Topics

Texas Rethinks Mandatory Certification for Technicians

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Two Texas task forces have recommended that the pharmacy board reconsider its rule mandating that all pharmacy technicians in the state be certified within two years.

Faced with the daunting task of requiring the 40,000 to 50,000 techs in Texas to become certified by New Year's Day, 2001, two separate task forces recommended that the pharmacy board back away from the mandate that was already adopted. One task force, instead, recommended that the board create three classes of techs: certified technicians with expanded duties, technicians, and technicians-in-training.

It was also suggested that the ratio be changed to one R.Ph. per three techs, as long as one of the techs is certified. A task force on working conditions recommended that certified techs be allowed to do more and that the ratio be bumped up to one-tothree. There's even talk about techcheck-tech, the controversial practice that allows one tech to check the work of another without involving the R.Ph.

"We don't know how many technicians there are in Texas, but it's between 40,000 and 50,000," said Gay Dodson, pharmacy board executive director. …

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