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LABP Emergency Rule re Pharmacy Technician Training Programs

Tuesday, December 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Crystal Carter
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The following notice was released by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy:

During its November 18, 2015 meeting, the Board received and considered a petition from several chain pharmacies requesting a delay in the scheduled January 1, 2016 implementation of the requirement for pharmacy technician training programs to be nationally-accredited.  They requested a delay until the year 2020.  They also requested a change in the credential to which it would apply.  Instead of making completion of a nationally-accredited training program a qualifier for the pharmacy technician certificate, the petitioners suggested enrollment in a nationally-accredited training program should be a qualifier for the pharmacy technician candidate registration. 


Following their deliberation, the Board requested its Regulation Revision Committee develop a revision to the current rule that would change the current completion requirement for pharmacy technician certificate applicants to an enrollment requirement for pharmacy technician candidate applicants. 


Further, to give them time to complete their work, the Board determined a one-year delay in the current implementation timeline was appropriate.  Given the scheduled implementation date was just weeks away, the Board determined it appropriate to issue an Emergency Rule changing the current implementation date from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017.  A copy of the Declaration of Emergency & Emergency Rule are available here.

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