9-Dec-10 11:00 AM  CST

Tech-Check-Tech Comes to Texas

Texas has become the newest in only a handful of states that allows clinical pharmacy programs to do Tech-Check-Tech based on legislation that went into effect last year.
Tech-Check-Tech is available only to health-system pharmacies with clinical pharmacy programs. It is designed to allow certified pharmacy technicians to examine the work of other pharmacy technicians, giving pharmacists more time to counsel and assist patients with managing their medications. Paul Davis, Executive Director of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which laid the groundwork for Tech-Check-Tech to get passed, said he also hopes it will offer pharmacy technicians more opportunities to take on leadership roles and advance in the health-system.
“We’re interested in any opportunity that will help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians advance in the health system, and we’re glad we were able get this program passed,” Davis said.
The Tech-Check-Tech program was part of legislation went into effect back in 2009. Originally, the bill was only meant to pass programs that would aid a handful of rural pharmacies with limited pharmacy staff. When TSHP learned about the bill, the organization began discussing the possibility of including Tech-Check-Tech legislation in the bill.
“We had been discussing the possibility of bringing Tech-Check-Tech to Texas ever since the technicians section of the [TSHP] Council on Public Affairs introduced the idea,” Davis said. “After reviewing the success of similar programs in California, TSHP called for a tech-check-tech program in Texas.”
Texas is the latest in a small group of states that allow for a Tech-Check-Tech program, including California and Minnesota. So far, at least six pharmacies have applied for the Tech-Check-Tech program, according to the TSHP.
The application for a Tech-Check-Tech program is now available on the web page of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.  
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