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Statement from Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, Executive Director and CEO of Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
Date:12/19/2008

n related records for patients in a hospital or community setting under the supervision of a pharmacist. Safe medication-use-systems require the support of well-qualified and competent pharmacy technicians. 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. PTCB is the only certification currently available that has received high marks in an evaluation by the NABP and is endorsed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), NABP, and other professional pharmacy organizations. PTCB has certified over 320,000 technicians since 1995 with the goal of ensuring that pharmacy technicians are able to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer better patient care and service and prevent medication errors.

Studies show without a doubt that Americans expect consistent standards for competence of pharmacy technicians. Last year, a poll commissioned by PTCB showed 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. In fact, the study showed that the majority believe such protections already exist - only 13% of Americans polled correctly recognized that there are no nationwide requirements for the training and certification of pharmacy technicians.

In addition to Ohio, states such as Florida and Illinois have recently enacted regulations for pharmacy technicians to protect the public. PTCB believes that patients expect and deserve a high standard of safety when it comes to how their prescription medications are dispensed and consistent requirements for pharmacy technician certification in every state is an important first step towards meeting those standards.

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