On August 4, 2021, the Biden administration expanded the authority of pharmacy technicians under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to allow pharmacy technicians to administer adult flu vaccines during the 2021-2022 flu season.
CCMA, CPT and ExCPT exams now qualify for college credit hours
On June 16th, NHA had the honor of hosting a Congressional Career and Technician Education Caucus briefing in Washington D.C. with key representatives across the country. It was exciting to share information about how health science pathways make up the largest career cluster in Career Technical Education, having served over 1 million concentrators in the 2019/20 school year, and how the healthcare industry remains at the core of our nation’s economic success, even post-pandemic.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 6 sponsored by State Rep. Bill Roemer which provides patients with continued access to COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 testing and other immunizations and expands employment options for pharmacy technician trainees.
The legislation expands pharmacists’ and pharmacy interns’ authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to patients seven years of age and older, also allowing pharmacists to order and administer diagnostic and antibody tests for COVID-19. Under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, pharmacy interns and certified pharmacy technicians may also administer the tests. Additionally, the legislation authorizes pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer to an individual 13 years of age or older an immunization for any disease without a prescription.
The bill also made revisions to the law that remove barriers for individuals to train as pharmacy technicians. The law allows a 17-year-old enrolled in a Board-approved career-technical education program to register with the Board of Pharmacy and extends the time frame for technicians to complete training.
In addition, it requires the State Board of Pharmacy to comply with the law known as the “Fresh Start Act” — enacted by H.B. 263 of the 133rd General Assembly — when registering a pharmacy technician trainee who (1) holds a license or is registered in another state or (2) has satisfactory work experience, government certification or private certification as a pharmacy technician trainee in another state.
Indiana Makes Changes
The state of Indiana recently enacted House Bill 1468. The legislation increases the pharmacy technician-to-pharmacist ratio from 6:1 to up to 8:1 – a move which empowers pharmacists to deploy more optimized care models that consider the specific needs of the patient population served. It also allows pharmacy technicians to work remotely for certain non-dispensing duties, including data entry and insurance processing and expands patients’ access to critical immunizations by permitting pharmacists, pharmacy students and pharmacy technicians to administer an influenza or COVID-19 vaccine pursuant to a prescription, protocol or standing order (in addition to the 11 other vaccination categories listed in the statute).
Three new laws in Georgia expand patient access to pharmacy services. Pharmacists and their teams are empowered to collaborate around a mission to keep their communities healthy.
In the last several weeks, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed several bills impacting pharmacy practice including:
The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has recently introduced its interactive, virtual soft-skills simulation tool, PersonAbility™, to the pharmacy space, providing pharmacy technicians with a healthy dose of professionalism, empathy, and communication training specific to a pharmacy setting.
Leawood, Kansas – National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is now partnering with CEimpact to offer pharmacy technicians an ACPE-accredited immunization training option, helping them qualify to administer vaccinations according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act.
Leawood, KS — Curtrise Ware, a newly certified clinical medical assistant in Killeen, Texas, recently helped put the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) at the “one million certifications issued” mark. Ware passed her national Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam through NHA at the end of August and is now working with her employer as part of the continued effort to bring additional COVID-19 vaccines to the U.S.
NHA's online pharmacy technician training resource, PharmaSeer, was approved by the Maryland licensing committee and Board of Pharmacy, placing it on the list of board-approved pharmacy technician programs.