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Wyoming 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

Wyoming Law

I. Laws
Wyoming State of Pharmacy Act

33-24-301. Pharmacy technicians; licensing; definitions;
revocation or suspension of license; letter of admonition;
information required for background checks.
(a) This section shall be known as the “Wyoming Pharmacy Technician Act.”
(b) As used in this section:
(i) “Direct supervision” means that a licensed pharmacist shall be physically present and capable of observing the actions of a pharmacy technician;
(ii) “Pharmacy functions” means those functions performed in a pharmacy department which do not require the professional judgment of a licensed pharmacist;
(iii) “Pharmacy technician” means an individual other than an intern, who performs pharmacy functions under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
(c) A pharmacy technician shall not perform pharmacy functions unless under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
(d) A licensed pharmacist shall be jointly responsible and liable for the actions of a pharmacy technician when direct supervision is required.
(e) A pharmacy technician shall register and pay a fee to be licensed by the board before performing any pharmacy functions. The applicant shall provide relevant information pertaining to criminal, substance abuse, professional liability and licensure or certification history. A pharmacy technician license shall be renewed annually upon payment of the required renewal fee and upon providing information required.
(f) The board may issue a letter of admonition or suspend or revoke a pharmacy technician’s license or the board may assess an administrative penalty against that person not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each violation for any:
(i) Willful violation of any provision of this chapter or the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act of 1971, or any amendments thereto;
(ii) Willful violation of any rule or regulation promulgated in accordance with this chapter or the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act of 1971;
(iii) Action which threatens the public health, safety or welfare;
(iv) Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; or
(v) Knowing submission of false or misleading information to the board in the application for a license or renewal of a license.
(g) The board shall promulgate reasonable rules and regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of this section including, but not limited to:
(i) Qualifications, education and training required of pharmacy technicians;
(ii) Functions and services which may be performed by pharmacy technicians; and
(iii) Requirements for direct supervision by licensed pharmacists.
(h) An applicant for a pharmacy technician license or a pharmacy technician-in-training permit shall provide the board with fingerprints, fees and other information necessary for a criminal history record background check as authorized by W.S.
7-19-201. The board may delay issuance of a license or permit pending the receipt of the information from the applicant’s background check.

Wyoming Rules and Regulations

Section 2. Definitions.
(a) “Pharmacy Technician-in-training” means an individual who is registered with the board to receive on-the-job training in preparation for licensure as a pharmacy technician.

Section 6. Pharmacist/Technician Employee Ratio.
A pharmacist is permitted to be a direct supervisor of three (3) technicians who are performing pharmacy functions. For the purpose of this rule technicians shall include registered pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technicians-in-training licensed or registered with the Board. A pharmacy technician-in-training who is enrolled with the Casper College, Pharmacy Technician Training Program and who possesses a pharmacy technician-in-training permit issued by the Board shall not be included in this ratio.

Section 8. Qualifications, Education, Registration Requirements and Identification of Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Technicians-In-Training.
A pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician-in-training shall:

(a) Be at least 18 years of age.
(b) Have no felony or gross misdemeanor conviction relating to controlled substances within thirty-six (36) months of the date of application.
(c) Have no history of drug abuse or provide satisfactory evidence of rehabilitation.
(d) Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
(e) Have completed requirements for registration as determined by the Board.
(f) or a “Pharmacy Technician-In-Training” at all times when in or near the pharmacy area.
(g) In-Training” in all telephone conversations while on duty in the pharmacy.

Section 9. Pharmacy Technician-In-Training Registration; Length of Registration Period; Training; Place of Employment; Change of Employment.
(a) A pharmacy technician-in-training shall apply to the Board for a training permit on an application supplied by the Board and shall pay the fee required within ten (10) calendar days of starting on-the-job training. This permit shall be valid for two years from date of original issuance. It may not be renewed. The sponsoring pharmacy, as identified on the application, shall be printed on the technician-in-training permit. A change in sponsoring pharmacy requires immediate submission of an updated application, and a corrected permit may be issued to the technician-in-training by the Board.
(b) A pharmacy technician-in-training may perform pharmacy functions commensurate with his ability to perform those tasks as identified in Chapter 10, section 3, and then only to the extent allowed by the pharmacist-in-charge. The pharmacy technician intraining is considered a trainee and as such the PIC, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians shall participate in the training of this individual. The supervising pharmacist shall not allow the pharmacy technician-in-training to perform any pharmacy function for which the individual has not demonstrated competency.
(c) A pharmacy technician-in-training may perform pharmacy functions only at the pharmacy location specified on the permit.

Section 10. Pharmacy Technician Registration; Renewals; Late Payment Fees; Expired License; Active/Inactive License; Reinstatement; Change of Employment; Change of Address.
(a) Individuals shall apply for pharmacy technician licensure by completing an application supplied by the Board, providing evidence of current certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, paying the required fee, and meeting the requirements of Chapter 10, Section 8 (a)(b)(c)(d) of the Board’s Rules. The Board reserves the right to require an interview prior to a pharmacy technician license being issued.
(b) A pharmacy technician must apply, on a form supplied by the Board, to renew his license each year on or before December 31 including payment of the required renewal fee. The Board shall assess a late payment fee for any renewal application postmarked or filed after December
(c) A pharmacy technician’s license not renewed by March 31 shall be deemed expired.
A pharmacy technician may not practice in this state with an expired technician license.
(d) A pharmacy technician may petition the Board for reinstatement of an expired license.
To be considered for reinstatement, the pharmacy technician must submit the following:
(i) A letter requesting reinstatement.
(ii) Payment of annual fees, including late payment fees, for those years which the license was expired.
(iii) Evidence of current certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
(iv) Proof of continuing pharmacy education for those years the license was expired, up to five years.

(e) A pharmacy technician who fails to submit the required number of continuing education credits with a renewal may be issued an “inactive” license. A pharmacy technician may not practice in
Wyoming with an “inactive” license providing the necessary hours of continuing education credits for those years the license has been “inactive” to a maximum of five (5) years.
(f) If change of employment or mailing address occurs, the Board shall be notified within
30 days of date of change by the pharmacy technician.

Section 11. Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education Requirements.
(a) Every pharmacy technician seeking renewal of a pharmacy technician license shall complete, during each calendar year, six (6) contact hours of approved, continuing pharmacy education programs to be applied to the upcoming renewal year. Each person renewing their pharmacy technician license shall indicate on the renewal application the number of contact hours of continuing education programs from approved continuing education providers that have been completed.

(b) Excess continuing education hours may not be carried forward to subsequent years.
(c) Pharmacy technicians are required to maintain certificates of completion of approved continuing education programs for two years from the date of reporting the contact hours on a license renewal application.

Section 13. Pharmacy Technician Approved Continuing Education Providers.
The following are acceptable providers of continuing education for pharmacy technicians and may be submitted to the Board for proof of meeting the continuing education requirement as specified
in Chapter 10, Section 11:
(a) Pharmacist supervisor at place of employment, utilizing a format for documentation developed by the Board of Pharmacy Staff;
(b) Continuing education hours approved by the Pharmacy Technician
Certification Board (P.T.C.B.);
(c) Continuing education hours approved by The American Pharmaceutical
Association (A.Ph.A.);
(d) Continuing education hours of providers of continuing education accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (A.C.P.E.);
(e) Continuing education hours presented by the Wyoming Pharmacists Association

The data contained in this 2012 Annual Scorecard are accurate as of December 2012 .  Because statutes and regulations are continually revised, the data are subject to change.  These data have been verified with the state board of pharmacy.  This scorecard is updated on an annual basis in order to incorporate statutory and regulatory changes.  A new scorecard will be issued in July 2013.

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.

One Comment on “Wyoming Scorecard

  1. Very interesting scoring. The WY BOP actually voted for ASHP accredited education to beginin 2011 but the governor vetoed the rules change. This is a “chicken and egg” issue as there are not enough training programs and there won’t be until states begin requiring formal accredited education.

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