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Rural Health-Systems Benefit From Remote Pharmacy Technician Supervision
Date:5/17/2012

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Telepharmacy is helping pharmacies extend services to more patients, improve medication safety, and alleviate staffing shortages experienced by many rural health care and emergency facilities across the United States. Telepharmacy allows for a pharmacy technician to be remotely supervised in real time by a pharmacist through state-of-the-art telecommunications technology to prepare prescriptions.

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"Telepharmacy expands patient access to pharmacy consultations and vital health care services in rural and medically underserved areas," said Everett McAllister, RPh, MPA, Executive Director and CEO of PTCB. "PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians play a significant role in this safe and cost-effective alternative, providing patients with maximum coverage."

The need for telepharmacy services is addressed in Joint Commission standards, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Model Practice Act, and by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. State Boards of Pharmacy (SBOP) in North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Idaho, Utah, Kansas, and Hawaii have adopted telepharmacy regulations, while New York has pending regulations.

The Kansas State Board of Pharmacy, for example, recently adopted regulations allowing a Kansas-licensed pharmacist to electronically supervise one pharmacy technician or pharmacy student in a licensed pharmacy at a medical facility in the state. Remotely supervised pharmacy technicians in these facilities perform typical duties, such
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