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      Ohio + Indiana: Two More States Expand Pharmacy Technician Laws

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on May 2021

      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).

       

       

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      Georgia Expands Pharmacy Laws

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on May 2021

      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.

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      NHA Applauds Arkansas's Recent Expansion of Pharmacy Technician Roles

      Posted by National Healthcareer Association on May 2021

      In the last several weeks, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed several bills impacting pharmacy practice including:

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      NHA Helping Pharmacy Technicians With Soft Skills; No Longer a Tall Order

      Posted by Erin Venable on March 2021

      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.

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      NHA Creates Partnership, Path for Accredited Immunization Training for Pharmacy Technicians Ahead of New Vaccines

      Posted by Erin Venable on December 2020

      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.

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      NHA Gains Approval of Pharmacy Tech Training Resource in Maryland

      Posted by Erin Venable on November 2020

      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. 

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      California Governor signs Executive Order to issue waivers permitting pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to conduct CLIA-waived COVID-19 tests

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2020

      Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order to help increase the availability of CLIA-waived COVID-19 testing and address a variety of issues in response to the pandemic.

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      NHA Launches Coalition for the Advancement of Pharmacy Technician Practice

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2020

      The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has formed a unique, nationwide Pharmacy Technician Coalition. The coalition is focused solely on bringing pharmacy technician organizations, industry leaders, and associations together to advocate for and implement changes to expand the role of certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT), allowing them to help with needs during COVID-19. As pharmacies continue to provide more direct patient care services and are faced with increased workload during the pandemic, CPhTs have an opportunity to help with some of the pharmacists’ duties, to be more efficient in delivering patient care.

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      NHA Sponsors Groundbreaking Research on Opioid Use Disorder

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2020

      The US has seen a sharp increase in total death due to the opioid overdose in recent years, with 70,200 overdoses alone in 2017. Nationwide, some states have been disproportionately affected by opioid addiction that resulted in a different rate of death. Pharmacy technicians along with pharmacists are the front line in receiving prescriptions and dispensing medication assisted therapy (MAT). Previous studies have detailed the expanding role of pharmacist involvement in substance abuse treatment and recovery. Despite often being the first point of interaction in community pharmacy, little is known about pharmacy technicians’ views and roles in reducing stigma when patients receive medication assisted therapy (MAT).  

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      Virginia Approves Amends Language Relating to Pharmacy Technicians

      Posted by Jessica Langley on April 2020

      Recently the Governor of Virginia approved amended language regarding pharmacy technicians. This new legislation becomes law on July 1, 2020. The most substantial changes were made to the registration requirements for technicians going forward (currently registered pharm techs are exempted).

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