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Larissa Doucette

A bill that would increase the number of pharmacy technicians a pharmacist may supervise has passed the Florida House of Representatives. CS/HB 323 (PDF) would require the Florida Board of Pharmacy to establish rules “under which a licensee who applies to the board for approval may supervise more than three, but not more than six registered pharmacy technicians.” The bill requires the board to take several factors into consideration when receiving such requests including the average number of prescriptions filled by the pharmacy, and whether the pharmacy is registered as a compounding facility. If passed, the bill would also authorize pharmacists to administer meningococcal vaccine and shingles vaccine under established protocols. All changes would take effect on July 1, 2014.