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Drug and Pharmacy Practice: Evolving pharm tech roles call for expanded training, certification

This article first appeared in the May 2011 issue of Drug Topics newsmagazine (drugtopics.com).

In 1966, one of pharmacy’s great leaders, Professor Linwood Tice, then Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, stated: “[T]he counting and pouring often alleged to be the pharmacist’s chief occupation will in time be done by technicians and eventually by automation. The pharmacist of tomorrow will function by reason of what he knows, increasing the efficiency and safety of drug therapy and working as a specialist in his own right. It is in this direction that pharmaceutical education must evolve without delay.”

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