First Pharmacy Technician appointed to NAPRA Board of Directors

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Congratulations Tana!

There’s very little Tana Yoon hasn’t seen or accomplished in her 30-plus years as a pharmacy technician. She’s worked on the front line, in education and management, helped open Calgary ‘s central production facility and the first pharmacy in a Calgary correctional centre, initiated the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board of Alberta as a first step toward regulation in the late 1990s, and is now a technical practice leader for Alberta Health Services, working to apply best practice standards. She also currently works for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada as the chief examiner for the Alberta OSPE.

Perhaps Tana’s most impressive achievement came just recently when she was named one of three public members—and first-ever pharmacy technician member—to the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities’ (NAPRA) Board of Directors.

“I was instantly excited because I’ve been living NAPRA for the last couple of years because of the compounding standards,” said Tana. “I was quite pleased and surprised that they specifically asked for pharmacy technician applicants. That’s rare on such a grand scale and I thought this was a huge opportunity.”

NAPRA added public members to its board after conducting a governance review several years ago. The goal was to simplify the board’s structure and add perspectives that were previously missing.

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