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Supervision of pharmacy technicians and other individuals

January 27, 2009

We’re getting closer to pharmacy technician regulation, but for now the status quo continues. Pharmacists are reminded that the supervision requirements for individuals who are not registered as pharmacy technicians are more stringent than those for pharmacist technicians.

Pharmacists are reminded that the supervision requirements for individuals who are not registered as pharmacy technicians are more stringent than those for pharmacist technicians. Registered pharmacy technicians may continue with activities outlined Section 20 of the Standards for Pharmacist Practice; those who are not registered are more limited.

Specifically note Section 20.4 which says:

In addition to the activities listed in standard 20.3, a pharmacy technician engaged in compounding a drug or blood product under supervision may:

(a) apply appropriate prescription labels to a compounded drug,

(b) check the drug selected for compounding to see that it is consistent with the formula and prescription, or

(c) confirm a calculation or measure required as part of the act of compounding.

Pharmacy technicians who voluntarily registered with ACP were required to renew their annual membership prior to Jan. 1, 2009. All but 51 individuals chose to renew. Please confirm the membership status of your team members to determine the supervision requirements in your pharmacy.

Originally published in the January 27, 2009, issue of The Link


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