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1/9/2003

Proceedings Booklet Issued from Pharmacy Technicians Summit

Cheryl A. Thompson

A 16-page booklet reviewing the highlights from “Sesquicentennial Stepping Stone Summit Two: Pharmacy Technicians,” May 9–10, 2002, in Baltimore, is available online (PDF).

The 34 summit attendees represented ASHP, fellow members of the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

According to the booklet, the summit attendees focused on making recommendations that will prompt improvements in the pharmacy technician profession by 2007.

Key to the discussion was the attendees’ two-part vision for pharmacy technicians in daily pharmacy practice:

  • “Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will work as a team to provide patient care services through the mutual recognition of their roles and responsibilities and through the responsible and efficient use of technology and resources.
  • Patient care, public safety, and organizational (company or institutional) goals will be maximized through the synergistic application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of team members."

Among the recommendations made was the request for all state boards of pharmacy to register pharmacy technicians no later than 2005.

The summit was initiated by the American Pharmaceutical Association and supported by an educational grant from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. A draft version of “White Paper on Pharmacy Technicians 2002: Needed Changes Can No Longer Wait,” recently published in final form in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (PDF) and the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, served as the basis for many of the discussions at the summit.