Future Job Responsibilities For Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The roles and requirements for becoming a pharmacy technician vary across states. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is the only accrediting body for pharmacy technician schools. ASHP is advocating for standardized training for pharmacy technicians. As the training programs shift from on the job training to a formal school system, the role of the technicians is expected to expand. There will be more responsibilities and the pharmacist will be able to expand their clinical roles.
For the past few years, community pharmacies have been providing immunizations. It all started with flu shots and now there is a wide variety of vaccines available at community pharmacies. Pharmacist and pharmacy interns who are certified are the only professionals authorized to give vaccinations at pharmacies. It would not be surprising if there is certification for pharmacy technicians to provide immunizations in the future.