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Camilo Rodriguez
Associate Director, Pharmacy Operations
Asked a question 2 years ago

Does your State Board of Pharmacy allow for Pharmacy Technicians to serve as board members? If no, what do you think are some of the challenges in making this happen, and if Yes, what benefits has having that technician board member brought to the technicians in your state?

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I truly don't know anything about that in the state of Michigan and would like to know how to find such information and the process towards it. 

Angela Faszczewski
Patient Care Services Coordinator

Michigan has had a technician Board member for the first time when technicians were (finally!) licensed. Unfortunately the technician appointed was not a member of our state pharmacy association and did not respond to our offer to join or to communicate with our members. So it's difficult to know what impact that person might have.

Dalton Bliese
Resource Specialist (Medication Assistance)

Oregon has two tech spots on our board. That began in 2014. North Dakota was one of the first to do it in the country. 

Minnesota does not have board member positions reserved specifically for Pharmacy Technicians.  There are 9 spots on the board, six are filled by pharmacists and three are filled by "public" members.  I do not specifically know if the public member could be pharmacy technicians, or if the intent is to include public members who are not involved in pharmacy work.

In Texas, the board is made up of 11 members--7 Pharmacists, 1 Technician, and 3 members representing the public.  The pharmacists and technician members must have been registered in the state for the previous 5 years and continue to be active while on the board.

Yes, for New York State

Christopher S. Moore
Oncology & Inpatient - BS, AS, AA, CPhT-Adv, CSPT, NREMT-R

Currently, California does not have individuals, who are solely pharmacy technicians, serving on the Board of Pharmacy as members.  I believe the challenge lies mostly in political barriers as the members are designated by the state government, in generating the evidence that a technician Board member would be effectively beneficial, and finally, the educational requirements (all Board members have at least a bachelors degree or higher, most pharmacy technicians do not).