Tech-check-tech is a program where technicians are allowed under specific protocols to perform final verifications on unit dose medications. Currently nine states have approved this system to be used by institutional pharmacies. This program should hopefully expand to other states and other pharmaceutical settings as well.
Even though most community pharmacies have a blood pressure machine available, most state laws do not allow technicians to check a patient's vital signs. In the future, the roles of pharmacy technicians may expand to include assisting patients with checking their vital signs.
Order Controlled Medications
The role of pharmacy technicians in ordering controlled substances is very limited, especially schedule II controlled substances (C-II). Most states allow technicians to order controlled substances except CII. In the future, the pharmacy technician's role could expand to include ordering of C-II. Technicians will hopefully be able to sign a DEA 222 form to receive CII orders as well.