Magazine article Drug Topics

Technician's Role Getting Increased Scrutiny from APhA

Magazine article Drug Topics

Technician's Role Getting Increased Scrutiny from APhA

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The American Pharmaceutical Association is preparing a "white paper" on the role technicians should play with pharmacists in the provision of pharmaceutical care. APhA hopes to release the reference document at its 143rd annual meeting next month in Nashville, said APhA executive v.p. John Gans in an interview with Drug Topics editors.

One of the business items expected to be discussed at the annunal meeting relates to the technicians' role and state boards of pharmacy. Registration and licensure are likely to be debated, said Mitchel C. Rothhloz, director of state services. Current APhA policy opposes licensure, registration, or certification of pharmacy technicians by state boards of pharmacy. Last year, APhA helped establish the Pharmacy Technician Cer tification Board-a voluntary national certification program. More than 4,500 techs passed two tests, with the results of a third still being tabulated. Also, 4,750 techs who had been certified under other programs were waived in.

In the Drug Topics interview earlier this month at APhA's Washington, D.C., headquarters, Gans also said that APhA: Continues to explore some type of quality-based credentialing, controlled by the profession and in addition to state pharmacy board licensure, viewing it as an important part of the shift to pharmaceutical care. …

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