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Pharmacy Technician Registration

 

Status

House Bill 454, sponsored by Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-32), was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on May 9, 2017. The bill was then referred to the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee where it awaits consideration.

 

Senate Bill 418, sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44), was introduced on February 27, 2017 and referred to the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee where it awaits consideration.

 

 

These Bills Would

  • Require pharmacy technicians to register with the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy and submit a criminal history background check
  • Establish that pharmacy technicians would need to be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and complete a board-approved training program
  • Create and define the role of "pharmacy technician trainee"
  • Provide a grandfathering provision that would apply to individuals currently practicing as a pharmacy technician, thereby exempting these individuals from having to be at least seventeen years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and complete a board-approved training program

 

Why We Support These Bills

  • Pennsylvania is one of only five states that does not register or in some way regulate pharmacy technicians.
  • Registering and tracking pharmacy technicians - thereby making pharmacy technicians subject to disciplinary action - is the norm throughout the United States and promotes patient safety.

 

 

Issue Briefs

Click here for an issue brief on House Bill 454.

Click here for an issue brief on Senate Bill 418.


 

Take Action

Click Here - Ask Your State Legislators to Support Pharmacy Technician Registration in PA!

 

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