Kansas Scorecard

Grading Scale:
A – 85-100%, B – 70-84.9%, C – 55-69.9%, D – 40-54.9%, F – 0-39.9%


Grading Categories & Criteria


Kansas Law

I. Laws
65-1663.
65-1663. Registration of pharmacy technicians; applications; registration fee;
qualifications for registration; expiration and renewal of registration; grounds for denial
of application or registration; revocation, suspension or limitation of registration;
responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacies; rules and regulations.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to function as a pharmacy technician in this state unless such person is registered with the board as a pharmacy technician. Every person registered as a pharmacy technician shall pass an examination approved by the board within 30 days of becoming registered. The board shall adopt rules and regulations establishing the criteria for the required examination and a passing score.

(b) All applications for registration shall be made on a form to be prescribed and furnished by the board. Each application for registration shall be accompanied by a registration fee fixed by the board by rule and regulation of not to exceed $50.

(c) The board shall take into consideration any felony conviction of an applicant, but such conviction shall not automatically operate as a bar to registration.

(d) Each pharmacy technician registration issued by the board shall expire on October 31 of the year specified by the board. Each applicant for renewal of a pharmacy technician registration shall be made on a form prescribed and furnished by the board and shall be accompanied by a renewal fee fixed by the board by rule and regulation of not to exceed $25. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the application for registration renewal, when accompanied by the renewal fee and evidence satisfactory to the board that the person has successfully complied with the rules and regulations of the board establishing the requirements for a program of continuing pharmacy technician education and received by the executive secretary of the board on or before the date of expiration of the registration, shall have the effect of temporarily renewing the applicant’s registration until actual issuance or denial of the renewal registration. If at the time of filing a proceeding is pending before the board which may result in the suspension, probation, revocation or denial of the applicant’s registration, the board may by emergency order declare that the application for renewal shall not have the effect of temporarily renewing such applicant’s registration. If the renewal fee is not paid by December 1 of the renewal year, the registration is void.

(e)
(1) The board may limit, suspend or revoke a registration or deny an application for issuance or renewal of any registration as a pharmacy technician on any ground, which would authorize the board to take action against the license of a pharmacist under K.S.A. 65-1627, and amendments thereto.

(2) The board may require a physical or mental examination, or both, of a person applying for or registered as a pharmacy technician.

(3) The board may temporarily suspend or temporarily limit the registration of any pharmacy technician in accordance with the emergency adjudicative proceedings under the Kansas administrative procedure act if the board determines that there is cause to believe that grounds exist for disciplinary action under this section against the registrant and that the registrant’s continuation of pharmacy technician functions would constitute an imminent danger to the public health and safety.

(4) Proceedings under this section shall be subject to the Kansas administrative procedure act.

(f) Every registered pharmacy technician, within 30 days of obtaining new employment, shall furnish the board’s executive secretary notice of the name and address of the new employer.

(g) Each pharmacy shall at all times maintain a list of the names of pharmacy technicians employed by the pharmacy. A pharmacy technician shall work under the direct supervision and control of a pharmacist. It shall be the responsibility of the supervising pharmacist to determine that the pharmacy technician is in compliance with the applicable rules and regulations of the board, and the supervising pharmacist shall be responsible for the acts and omissions of the pharmacy technician in the performance of the pharmacy technician’s duties. The ratio of pharmacy technicians to pharmacists in the prescription area of a pharmacy shall be prescribed by the board by rule and regulation. Any change in the ratio of pharmacy technicians to pharmacists in the prescription area of the pharmacy must be adopted by a vote of no less than six members of the board.

(h) A person holding a pharmacy technician registration shall display such registration in that part of the place of business in which such person is engaged in pharmacy technician activities.

(i) The board shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary to ensure that pharmacy technicians are adequately trained as to the nature and scope of their lawful duties.

(j) The board may adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and enforce the provisions of this act.

(k) This section shall be part of and supplemental to the pharmacy act of the state of Kansas.

History: L. 2003, ch. 85, § 1; L. 2005, ch. 66, § 1; L. 2006, ch. 40, § 1; L. 2009, ch. 131, § 11;
July 1.

II. Regulations
68-5-15
68-5-16

68-5-15 Training of pharmacy technicians.
(a) The pharmacist-in-charge of any pharmacy in which one or more pharmacy technicians perform any tasks authorized by the pharmacy act shall insure that each pharmacy technician complies with the training requirements in this regulation.

(b) The pharmacist-in-charge of any pharmacy in which one or more pharmacy technicians perform any tasks authorized by the pharmacy act shall insure that there exists for the pharmacy a current pharmacy technician training course, designed for the functioning of that pharmacy and addressing at least the following:
(1) Knowledge and understanding of the different pharmacy practice settings;

(2) knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician in relationship to other pharmacy personnel and knowledge of standards, ethics, laws, and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy;

(3) knowledge and ability to identify and employ pharmaceutical and medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols commonly used in prescribing and dispensing drugs and in record keeping;

(4) knowledge of and the ability to carry out calculations required for common dosage determinations;

(5) knowledge and understanding of the identification of drugs, drug dosages, routes of administration, dosage forms, storage requirements, and manufacturer recalls;

(6) knowledge of and the ability to perform the manipulative and record-keeping functions involved in and related to dispensing prescriptions or other drug distribution systems; and

(7) knowledge of and the ability to perform procedures and techniques, including aseptic techniques, relating to the compounding, packaging, and labeling of drugs.

(c) The pharmacist-in-charge of any pharmacy shall permit a pharmacy technician to perform tasks authorized by the pharmacy act only if the pharmacy technician has successfully completed, within 180 days of the effective date of this regulation or the effective date of the technician’s employment in the pharmacy, whichever is later, a training course that meets the requirements of subsection (b) and was designed for the pharmacy in which the tasks are performed.

(d) The pharmacist-in-charge of any pharmacy in which one or more pharmacy technicians perform any tasks authorized by the pharmacy act shall also insure that the following requirements are met:
(1) There is an annual review of the pharmacy technician training course developed for the pharmacy.

(2) Adequate records are maintained documenting the training of each pharmacy technician as required by this regulation. These records shall be maintained at the pharmacy in a manner available for inspection by a board representative.

(3) The board is notified, within 30 days of the effective date of this regulation or the effective date of the employment of a pharmacy technician, of the following:
(i) The full name and current residence address of pharmacy technicians working in a pharmacy for which the pharmacist-in-charge has responsibility;

(ii) the date on which the pharmacy technician began the pharmacy technician training course or courses designed for the pharmacy or pharmacies in which the pharmacy technician is working; and

(iii) the name and address of the pharmacy or pharmacies in which the pharmacy technician is working.

(Authorized by K.S.A. 65-1630 and K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 65-1642; implementing K.S.A. 1998
Supp. 65-1642; effective July 23, 1999.)

68-5-16 Ratio of pharmacy technicians to pharmacists.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this regulation, the ratio of pharmacy technicians to pharmacists in the prescription area of any pharmacy shall not exceed two to one.
(b) The ratio of pharmacy technicians to pharmacists in the prescription area of any pharmacy may be three to one if at least two of the pharmacy technicians have a current certification issued by the pharmacy technician certification board or a current certification issued by any other pharmacy technician certification organization approved by the board. Any pharmacy technician certification organization may be approved by the board if the board determines that the organization has a standard for pharmacy technician certification and recertification not below that of the pharmacy technician certification board.

(Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 2005 Supp. 65-1663, as amended by L. 2006, ch. 40,
sec. 1; effective, T-68-8-22-05, Aug. 22, 2005; effective May 26, 2006; amended April 27,
2007.)

References
Kansas State Board of Pharmacy Laws and Regulations
http://www.kansas.gov/pharmacy/KANSAS%20STATE%20BOARD%20OF%20PHARMACY%20LAWS%20JAN12.pdf

2014 Kansas Technician Bill:
http://emilyjerryfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/KS-Technician-Bill-2.pdf

Scoring rationale for Education and Training:
In order to protect the public and help ensure patient safety, it is important that pharmacy technicians are properly educated and trained.  The most rigorous training is accredited training.  The sole entity empowered to accredit pharmacy-technician training programs is the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  Please note that this is “programmatic accreditation” – not “institutional accreditation.”  It is the content of the training program – as measured against established standards – that is being evaluated and accredited.  Accredited training is vital to protecting patient safety because it means that a pharmacy-technician training program has met established quality standards to provide assurance and confidence to the public.  For more information, please see http://www.ashp.org/menu/Accreditation/TechnicianAccreditation.aspx.

Scoring rationale for Certification:
Certification is the process by which a nongovernmental agency or association grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that agency or association.  This is often determined by an examination process.  Numerous organizations have recommended that the certification exam conducted by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) should be recognized as the sole, nationally-accredited certification exam for pharmacy technician certification – including the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In a recent report, NABP recommended that states be encouraged to “recognize certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).” Moreover, NABP performed a psychometric audit of the PTCB’s pharmacy technician certification examination (PTCE) in 2001 and determined that the PTCE is psychometrically sound, defensible, and valid. In May 2010, the TSBP awarded the PTCB with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Provider contract in Texas. PTCB was selected for the contract after a rigorous bidding and evaluation process that included formal reviews and evaluations from three independent psychometricians. TSBP confidently recognizes PTCB as the single provider of certification examinations for pharmacy technicians. In addition, in June 2010, the VA began requiring PTCB certification for VA pharmacy technicians employed at grade GS-6 and above.

Scoring rationale for Registration/Licensure:
Registration/licensure is the process by which the state maintains a list of all pharmacy technicians in the state and grants permission for an individual to work as a pharmacy technician in the state based on the applicant’s completion of all pre-requisites to registration/licensure – such as required training and certification.

Scoring rationale for Continuing Education:
Continuing education enables pharmacy technicians to fulfill their professional responsibility to maintain competence and up-to-date knowledge and skills in an environment of technological advances and increasingly complex, new medications and therapies.


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