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New Florida law requires training, registration for pharmacy techs


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Pharmacy technicians in Florida must now register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy and complete an approved training program under a law signed by Gov. Charlie Crist this week.

The bill, sponsored in part by the Florida chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, requires technicians to register with the board by 2010 and then complete a board-approved training program and obtain certification by 2011.

The Florida ASHP chapter’s effort is part of the nationwide Pharmacy Technician Initiative, which encourages states to require pharmacy technicians to register with state boards of pharmacy, undergo ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician training and obtain certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

The PTCB, the leading national program that has certified more than 300,000 pharmacy technicians, on Friday came out in support of the legislation. PTCB stated it was proud to have certified 15,000 pharmacy technicians in Florida, to date, and looked forward to working with more pharmacy technicians and their employers.

“Florida’s new pharmacy technician standards are an important patient safety solution for consumers in the Sunshine State and Governor Crist and the state’s legislators should be applauded,” said PTCB executive cirector and chief executive officer Melissa Murer Corrigan. “To meet these new state standards, PTCB is looking forward to continued work with pharmacy technicians and significant employers of Florida’s pharmacy technicians such as Walgreen’s, CVS, Publix, Target, the U.S. military, multiple health systems and independent pharmacists in communities across the state. Several employers presently support and endorse PTCB across the United States.” 

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