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The Role of the Pharmacy Technician is changing along with the new demands on pharmacists. We discuss the new regulations on Pharmacy Techs with James Broughel, Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow with Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Op-Ed Pharm. Tech Regulation

James recently wrote an op-ed in the Hill newspaper – a paper read by a lot of people working on Capitol Hill and in government – about putting President Biden’s pharmacy plan into action.  This was the President saying he wanted everyone to be able to receive the COVID vaccine by April 19.

In the article, James wrote that there is more “that can be done to improve the workings of the pharmacy program. One option is to expand the number of trained pharmacy staff allowed to perform vaccinations.” 

Have different states taken different approaches with respect to how they’ve treated pharmacies during the pandemic? Is there a best and/or worst approach?

Paper on Pharm. Tech Regulation

James also wrote a recent paper on Pharmacy Technician Ratio Requirements, which talks about how many states limit the number of pharmacy technicians permitted to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist at any given time. And we all probably know that with COVID-19, many states with these regulations have relaxed these rules.  You wrote that having less restrictive regulation could actually be an important way to advance public health. 

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