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Status

Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-32), introduced House Bill 770 on March 11, 2019.  The bill was referred to the House Professional Licensure Committee where it was favorably voted on May 8, 2019. HB 770 passed the House with a final passage vote of 163/25.  The bill is currently in the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee where it awaits consideration and a vote. 

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This Legislation Will

  • 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 This Legislation

  • 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.

 

 

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