Section 34-23-131

Registration and supervision; rules and regulations; continuing education.

(a) A pharmacy technician shall not perform pharmacy functions or be present in the prescription department of a pharmacy unless he or she is under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. A pharmacy technician shall not perform pharmacy functions or be present in the prescription department of a pharmacy unless he or she is registered by the board.

(b) When supervision is required, a licensed pharmacist shall be jointly responsible and liable for the actions of a pharmacy technician.

(c) A pharmacy technician shall register and pay a fee as determined by the board before performing any pharmacy functions. The board shall develop rules and regulations relating to the registration of all pharmacy technicians. The registration of a pharmacy technician shall be renewable biennially in odd-numbered years upon payment of the required renewal fee. The registration of each pharmacy technician shall expire on December 31 of odd-numbered years. In order to continue to be licensed, each registered pharmacy technician shall pay a biennial renewal fee of not less than twenty dollars ($20), as determined by rule of the board, the fee being due on October 31 and delinquent after December 31 of odd-numbered years. The payment of the renewal fee shall entitle the pharmacy technician to renewal of his or her registration at the discretion of the board. If any pharmacy technician fails to pay the renewal fee as required by this subsection, he or she may be reinstated as a pharmacy technician only upon payment of a penalty of not less than ten dollars ($10) nor more than twenty dollars ($20), as determined by rule of the board, for each lapsed year and all lapsed fees for each lapsed year, provided the lapsed time of registration shall not exceed five years, in which case reinstatement may be had only upon satisfactory examination by the board.

(d) In addition to any other registration requirements, a pharmacy technician shall complete three hours of continuing education annually, or six hours biennially, of which one hour per year shall be live presentation. The board may grant an extension to a pharmacy technician who fails to complete the required continuing education hours in the allotted time. A pharmacy technician who fails to complete the annual continuing education requirements shall be subject to disciplinary action by the board.

(Acts 1996, No. 96-496, p. 625, §2; Act 2004-450, p. 801, §1; Act 2017-422, §1)