DeLuca pharmacy technician bill passes House

Currently, they need no formal training in Pa.; DeLuca: 'This is a potential safety issue'

HARRISBURG, June 9 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed a bill requiring state registration for pharmacy technicians. 


House Bill 854, introduced by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, would require pharmacy technicians to hold a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a criminal background check and complete a board-approved training program before being permitted to register with the state.


Currently, pharmacy technicians require no formal training and must only be supervised by a licensed pharmacist to assist in filling prescriptions.


"This is a potential safety issue," DeLuca said. "We need to join Maryland, New Jersey and the more than 30 states that currently require registration of pharmacy technicians. By establishing a base level of education, training and background checks, Pennsylvania would be taking a positive step in maintaining the safety of the prescription process. Remember, these technicians are dealing with dangerous and possibly addictive drugs on a daily basis. This bill would ensure a basic skill level and reduce the risk of medications being handled by someone with a criminal history.


"I would like to thank my colleagues in the House for supporting this bill."


The bill now moves to the state Senate for further consideration.