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A251, R346, S828
Sponsors: Senators Leatherman and Cromer
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Introduced in the Senate on January 14, 2004
Introduced in the House on March 18, 2004
Passed by the General Assembly on May 20, 2004
Governor's Action: June 17, 2004, Signed
Summary: Pharmacist technicians
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/14/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-6 1/14/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs SJ-6 3/11/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable Medical Affairs SJ-13 3/15/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 3/16/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-20 3/17/2004 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-35 3/18/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-6 3/18/2004 House Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs HJ-6 5/12/2004 House Committee report: Favorable Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs HJ-7 5/19/2004 House Read second time HJ-40 5/20/2004 House Read third time and enrolled HJ-47 6/2/2004 Ratified R 346 6/17/2004 Signed By Governor 6/24/2004 Copies available 6/24/2004 Effective date 06/17/04 6/24/2004 Act No. 251
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(A251, R346, S828)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 40-43-86, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO VARIOUS PROVISIONS REGULATING PHARMACIES INCLUDING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, FACILITY REQUIREMENTS AND SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS FOR PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACY TECHNICIANS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PHARMACIST MAY NOT SUPERVISE MORE THAN THREE PHARMACY TECHNICIANS AND THAT THROUGH JUNE 30, 2006, ONE OF THESE THREE TECHNICIANS MUST BE STATE-CERTIFIED AND THAT AFTER JUNE 30, 2006, TWO MUST BE STATE-CERTIFIED, AND IF A PHARMACIST SUPERVISES ONE OR TWO TECHNICIANS, THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE CERTIFIED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Supervision of pharmacy technicians
SECTION 1. Section 40-43-86(B)(4) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Act 314 of 2002, is further amended to read:
"(4) The pharmacist-in-charge must be assisted by a sufficient number of licensed pharmacists and registered pharmacy technicians as may be required to competently and safely provide pharmacy services.
(a) The pharmacist-in-charge shall maintain and file with the board of pharmacy, on a form provided by the board, a current list of all pharmacy technicians assisting in the provision of pharmacy services.
(b) The pharmacist-in-charge shall develop and implement written policies and procedures to specify the duties to be performed by pharmacy technicians. The duties and responsibilities of these personnel shall be consistent with their training and experience. These policies and procedures shall, at a minimum, specify that pharmacy technicians are to be personally supervised by a licensed pharmacist who has the ability to control and who is responsible for the activities of pharmacy technicians and that pharmacy technicians are not assigned duties that may be performed only by a licensed pharmacist. One pharmacist may not supervise more than three pharmacy technicians at a time; through June 30, 2006, at least one of these three technicians must be state-certified, and after June 30, 2006, at least two of these three technicians must be state-certified. If a pharmacist supervises only one or two pharmacy technicians, these technicians are not required to be state-certified. Pharmacy technicians do not include personnel in the prescription area performing only clerical functions, including data entry up to the point of dispensing, as defined in Section 40-43-30(14).
(c) For the purpose of dispensing by institutional pharmacies to institutional facility in-patients the pharmacist to technician ratio may not exceed a one to three employment ratio. The allowable employment ratio for a site is determined by comparing the number of pharmacists employed at the site to the number of pharmacy technicians employed at the site. The day to day operational pharmacist to technician personal supervision ratio is to be determined by the pharmacist-in-charge."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 2nd day of June, 2004.
Approved the 17th day of June, 2004.
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