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

as reviewing cart fills and filling automated dispensing cabinets with an offsite pharmacist observing the procedures through a real-time audio, video, or computer connection.

The capacity in which a pharmacy technician may participate in a telepharmacy model differs from state to state, with some requiring registration with a SBOP, a minimum period of work experience, and/or certification through a board-approved program, such as PTCB.

"Pharmacy technicians who are appropriately trained and credentialed are being used in innovative practice models, which allows us to expand pharmacy services to underserved areas and enhance patient care throughout Montana," said Ronald Klein, RPh, Executive Director of the Montana State Board of Pharmacy. "The use of pharmacy technicians allows the pharmacist to spend more time with the patient providing drug information, answering questions, and promoting compliance with the drug regimen. Certification provides the public and pharmacists with additional assurance and confidence in their pharmacy provider regardless of their proximity to the pharmacy."

For additional information on pharmacy technician licensure by state, please refer to the NABP 2012 Survey of Pharmacy Law. For additional information about PTCB, please visit www.ptcb.org.

About PTCB

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) was established in 1995 by the American Pharmacists Associationthe American Society of Health-System Pharmaciststhe Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmaciststhe Michigan Pharmacists Association; and th
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