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Safety at your Pharmacy
A new law in Indiana aims to ensure your next visit to the pharmacy is as safe as possible.
A group of professors and administrators from Purdue University, including John B. Hertig, associate director for the College of Pharmacy’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement, helped push for the law. It requires minimum standards for programs to train and license pharmacy technicians — the professionals who assist pharmacists by helping to fill medication prescriptions and orders.
Before the new law went into effect, pharmacy technician programs had variable standards for students to achieve certification. Now, the state pharmacy board will develop updated standards that all programs must meet.
Hertig testified before committees in both the Indiana House and Senate. He also helped to draft the law.
“This new law sends a message that we as pharmacists are committed to high quality and safety in our pharmacies,” Hertig says. “As pharmacists take on expanding roles, they need quality technicians who can help ensure the highest standard of care for patients.”