LANSING, Mich— Sen. Mike Green recently introduced legislation to establish a “Pharmacy Technician License” in Michigan to better safeguard the health and welfare of consumers.
Under current state law, any employee of a pharmacy or grocery or department store with a pharmacy could potentially be asked to access and dispense prescription drugs to customers, depending on company policy. Senate Bill 92 would instead require licensing of anyone allowed to assist a pharmacist in their duties. To be licensed, individuals would have to meet certain training, academic or work experience requirements.
“Unqualified people currently have access to a wide variety of potent prescription drugs that are rampantly abused on the streets,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This licensing requirement would bring Michigan up to the current standards adhered to by almost all states in the nation.”
Michigan is one of only five states in the country that do not have a statutory licensing requirement for pharmacy technicians. While full-time pharmacy employees can obtain a certification through the private Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, it is strictly voluntary and within the discretion of their employer, which results in countless employees working without certification or licensing. The bill would establish a license while grandfathering in current technicians.
“Accessing and dispensing these drugs carries with it a great amount of responsibility and the potential for severe implications to a customer if mistakes are made,” Green said.
“This bill provides the recognition that this highly skilled profession deserves, while guaranteeing that those employers not currently requiring certification will meet the same high standard being set by industry leaders.”
SB 92 was referred to the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform. The Michigan Pharmacists Association supports the legislation.