Letters to the editor: June 5, 2006

June 5, 2006

Regarding your April Instant Poll on whether pharmacy techniciansshould sit on state boards of pharmacy, I don't think so. Ashelpful and well trained as some techs are, they still lack aformal pharmacy education and a state license. Pharmacy techniciansare not held to the same degree of liability should a CQI(continuous quality improvement) event or malpractice claim occur.Having all techs certified would provide for a base level ofcompetency. I also believe we should elevate the educational statusof the pharmacy tech by providing a formal education at thevocational or community college level. I would gladly welcome apharmacy tech with an A.S. degree and state pharmacy technicianlicense to sit on any state board.