Pharmacy Technicians in California: Snapshot of an Emerging Profession


Tina McRee

Mar 2003

The pharmacy technician profession is experiencing rapid change and growth, mirroring changes in the pharmacy profession and in pharmaceutical treatment. This issue brief examines the growth and evolution of this profession as it has emerged over the last 10 years in retail, hospital, and other pharmacy settings. Critical issues and policy concerns for the profession are the debate over increased authority for technicians, easing mandated staffing ratios of technicians to licensed pharmacists, and the possibility of raising educational requirements.