By Kevin Schweers
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has written to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy in opposition to a proposal eliminating the pharmacist-to-technician ratio requirement for retail/community pharmacies (licensed in Texas as “Class A” pharmacies).
The board has a Nov. 4 public hearing scheduled on the matter. NCPA’s letter to the state board notes that:
- “NCPA has serious concerns with proposals to entirely eliminate technician ratios.”
- “We contend that elimination of ratios is not in the best interest of pharmacists or the patients they serve. As the mission of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy is to promote, preserve, and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, NCPA does not agree that state boards of pharmacy should allow individual pharmacies to set their own ratios.”
- “NCPA does support the enhanced utilization of technicians so that pharmacists have more time to provide patient care services. However, we think the elimination of pharmacist to technician ratios could prove counter to the goal of improving patient outcomes and lowering overall health care spending.”
- “We believe this is particularly important as many pharmacists work in environments in which they have no ability to control the number of technicians they are compelled to safely oversee.”