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Senate Bill No. 439

Public Act No. 04-208

AN ACT CONCERNING PHARMACY TECHNICIANS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 20-576 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The commissioner may, with the advice and assistance of the commission, adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to govern the performance of the commission's duties, the practice of pharmacy and the business of retailing drugs and devices. Such regulations may include, but are not limited to, provisions (1) concerning the licensing of any pharmacist or pharmacy, disciplinary action that may be taken against a licensee, the conduct of a pharmacist and the operation of a pharmacy, (2) specifying various classes of pharmacy licenses issued under section 20-594, including, but not limited to, licenses for infusion therapy pharmacies and nuclear pharmacies and specifying requirements for operation of pharmacies under the classes of pharmacy licenses permitted under the regulations, (3) concerning creation and maintenance of prescription records, and (4) concerning registration and activities of pharmacy interns, [and] registered pharmacy technicians and certified pharmacy technicians.

(b) The commissioner shall, with the advice and assistance of the commission, adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, governing (1) the storage and retrieval of prescription information for noncontrolled substances, including refills, by pharmacists through the use of electronic data processing systems or other systems for the efficient storage and retrieval of information, (2) the operation of institutional pharmacies pursuant to chapters 368a and 418, sections 17a-210 to 17a-273, inclusive, as amended, and 19a-490 to 19a-520, inclusive, as amended, and sections 20-570 to 20-630, inclusive, and (3) the activities of pharmacy technicians in pharmacies and institutional pharmacies, including ratios of registered pharmacy technicians and certified pharmacy technicians to pharmacists in pharmacies and institutional pharmacies.

Sec. 2. Section 20-598a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) No person shall act as a pharmacy technician unless registered with or certified with, the department.

(b) The department shall, upon authorization of the commission, register as a pharmacy technician any person who presents evidence satisfactory to the department that such person is qualified to perform, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, routine functions in the dispensing of drugs that do not require the use of professional judgment. The qualifications for registration as a pharmacy technician under this section shall be in accordance with (1) the standards of an institutional pharmacy, a care-giving institution or a correctional or juvenile training institution, in the case of employment in any such pharmacy or institution, or (2) the standards established by regulation adopted by the commissioner in accordance with chapter 54, in the case of employment in a pharmacy. As used in this subsection, "direct supervision" means a supervising pharmacist (A) is physically present in the area or location where the pharmacy technician is performing routine drug dispensing functions, and (B) conducts in-process and final checks on the pharmacy technician's performance.

(c) The department shall, upon authorization of the commission, certify as a pharmacy technician any person who meets the requirements for registration as a pharmacy technician, pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and who holds a certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification board or any other equivalent pharmacy technician certification program approved by the department.

[(c)] (d) The fee required by section 20-601, as amended, shall accompany an application for registration under this section. A registration as a pharmacy technician shall be valid for one year and may be renewed upon application and payment of the fee required by section 20-601, as amended.

Approved June 3, 2004