Magazine article Drug Topics

California Set to Address Use of Technicians

Magazine article Drug Topics

California Set to Address Use of Technicians

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The California State Board of Pharmacy is moving quickly to heal wounds left by a bitter battle over the role of technicians last year. A new industrywide committee is poised to review the use of technicians in all settings. The group will begin six months of deliberations in February, which will be the first time all sides of the technician issue have met at the same table.

"It's past time that we all started talking with each other instead of at each other," said Fred Mayer, president of Pharmacists Planning Service Inc. "This is a chance to put the tech program on the right course."

Problems surfaced in 1994 when the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists sponsored regulations that would have allowed inpatient technicians to check cassette fills and other routine work of other techs. Tech check tech, or TCT, was common practice in many California institutions.

Other pharmacy groups in the state erupted in opposition. The California Pharmacists Association tried to defuse the issue with a series of roundtable discussions, but CSHP declined to talk. The board voted to kill TCT, forcing some hospital pharmacy directors to pull pharmacists off clinical programs to check technician fills and leaving CSHP out in the cold. …

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