From 25 April 2021, a new Pharmacy Technician Law goes into effect. This law seeks to improve medication safety standards and practice for pharmacy technicians working in hospitals/health systems in New York. As such, it requires pharmacy technicians to be nationally certified via the PTCB exam.
Previously, of course, this was not the case. There was no mandated requirement for New York pharmacy technicians involved with compounding in healthcare settings to take the PTCB examination. According to the Pharmacy Technician Law, candidates must be at least 18-years; must have a high school degree (or equivalent); and must be PTCB certified through an approved course. Candidates must have undergone site-specific training under the supervision of a pharmacist. Community pharmacy technicians would still be unlicensed and cannot compound. An alternative pathway also exists for pharmacy technicians who have amassed more than 500 hours of work experience.
The new Pharmacy Technician Law creates the official title of Registered Pharmacy Technician, whilst also stating the duties that pharmacy technicians must be qualified to deliver – including stating compounding requirements which previously was not very well defined.
New York State Board of Pharmacy will also include 2 new members, both of which are Registered Pharmacy Technicians.
To register as a pharmacy technician in New York, the State Board has issued their own requirements for candidates to meet. These include:
The following requirements have been issued by the PTCB for candidates who wish to become pharmacy technicians in New York:
To maintain the pharmacy tech license in New York, candidates must complete CE – or continuous education.
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