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9/19/2000

N.J., Va. Consider Changing Rules for Technicians

Kate Traynor

ASHP’s Government Affairs Division reported in its September State Government Affairs Issues Summary that two states, New Jersey and Virginia, are contemplating changes to rules affecting pharmacy technicians.

"The New Jersey Board of Pharmacy is in the process of drafting new regulations regarding recognizing and defining the role of pharmacy technicians. The proposed draft regulations suggest setting pharmacist-to-technician ratios at 2-to-1 and eliminating the ratios if the pharmacy technician has successfully completed national certification. The New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists has submitted comments of concern to the Board of Pharmacy and will continue to monitor and comment on the regulations as necessary." For more information, contact George W. Piltz at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood (201-447-8122, gpiltz@valleyhealth.com).

"The Virginia Board of Pharmacy released a draft of proposed legislation on licensing pharmacy technicians. The proposed legislation would also set training and supervision requirements. The Board met on August 15, 2000, to receive public comments on their draft proposal. The Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists attended that meeting. The Board decided to further review the proposed legislation and will take the issue up again at its October meeting. The Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists plans to submit a formal position on the legislation to the Board in October." For more information, contact Fred D. Chatelain at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria (703-256-3261, fred.chatelain@inova.com).