LAS VEGAS, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey released today by the
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) shows that Americans have
strong misperceptions about the required qualifications of the people
helping pharmacists prepare prescriptions in pharmacies. The poll results,
released today at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP)
Midyear Clinical Meeting, show that the vast majority of Americans believe
that all pharmacy technicians are required to be trained and certified,
when in reality, these regulations vary from state to state.
"This data shows without a doubt that American consumers -- in fact,
91% of those surveyed -- support strong regulations across the country to
protect patient safety by requiring that pharmacy technicians be trained
and certified," said Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, Executive Director and
CEO of PTCB. "Consumers recognize how important it is to have a standard
that they can rely on at their pharmacy, in hospitals, and everywhere that
medication is dispensed."
The survey, which was administered by Opinion Research Corporation on
behalf of PTCB, showed that consumers have high expectations for
qualifications of the people who help pharmacists prepare prescriptions. In
fact, 45% of those surveyed incorrectly thought that people without formal
training were not allowed to help pharmacists prepare prescriptions, and a
majority, 58% thought that only licensed pharmacists are involved in
dispensing drug prescriptions.
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing medications. The
pharmacy technician is accountable to the supervising pharmacist who is
legally responsible through state licensure for the care and safety of
patients served by the pharmacy.
"This study shows that consumers expect their state lawmakers to
protect them by passing and enforcing strong regulations that require a
standard of competence for pharmacy technicians," said Gay Dodson, R.Ph.,
Executive Director, Texas State Board of Pharmacy. "In Texas, the
Legislature and State Board of Pharmacy were the first to require
certification of pharmacy technicians as a pre-requisite to registration.
This is an important first step for consumer protection and patient
In fact, most respondents in the poll assumed that requirements are
already in place across the country. Only 13% of respondents correctly
recognized that there are no nationwide requirements for the training and
certification of pharmacy technicians.
"It is time to live up to what consumers expect," said Douglas J.
Scheckelhoff, R.Ph., M.S., FASHP, Vice President, Professional Development,
ASHP. "We know patients deserve a high standard of safety when it comes to
how their prescription medications are dispensed." "Now we know it is what
they expect, as well."
About the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
PTCB was established in January 1995 and is governed by five pharmacy
organizations -- the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American
Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Illinois Council of
Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Michigan Pharmacists Association
(MPA) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Since
PTCB's inception, PTCB has certified over 288,000 pharmacy technicians
through the examination and transfer process PTCB's certification program
is the only pharmacy technician certification program accredited by the
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The goal of the PTCB
national certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work
more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care
SOURCE Pharmacy Technician Certification Board