Patients support tech certification and training

December 6, 2007

According to a survey from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, Americans assume that technicians have more regulation and training than most states require.

A survey commissioned by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board reveals widespread misperceptions about the training and regulation of pharmacy technicians. In the survey of 1,010 Americans, 91% indicated that they support strong regulations to require pharmacy techs to be trained and certified. The study also highlighted several misperceptions about the role of technicians in pharmacies, with 58% believing that only licensed pharmacists are involved in dispensing drug prescriptions. In addition, 45% of respondents indicated that people without formal training were not allowed to help pharmacists prepare prescriptions. The respondents were contacted by telephone by Opinion Research between Nov. 16 and Nov. 19. There was a sampling error of plus or minus 3%, with 95% confidence.

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