Pharmacy technicians play an important role in the delivery of high-quality health care. The pharmacy technician and pharmacist must work collaboratively so that their combined expertise is used to optimize the care and services provided to patients. PTSA has been working on a position paper to provide recommendations for the legislative changes necessary to support optimized pharmacy practice in the context of the procurement, receipt, preparation, provision, storage, destruction and related record keeping of narcotics, controlled drugs and targeted substances.
Download the position paper here: The Pharmacy Technician’s Role in the Handling of Controlled Substance
As pharmacy distribution specialists, pharmacy technicians are the natural discipline to take the lead on all distributive activities related to handling narcotics, controlled drugs, benzodiazepines and other targeted substances but legislative changes to support this practice are required. Granting legislative authority to pharmacy technicians will allow for the consistent application of processes to fulfill the necessary tasks that provide for the protection of controlled substances against loss or theft and allow pharmacists to redirect their attention to prevention, treatment and harm reduction strategies.
What can you do to help?
- Share this position statement broadly to build awareness that action is needed now.
- Ask your regulator what they are doing to help see the necessary changes made to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and related regulations.
- Voice your agreement with this statement by commenting below.