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NACDS and the California Retailers Association Urge California to Allow Increase in Pharmacy Technician-to-Pharmacist Ratio

Sacramento, CA –National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) President and CEO Steven C. Anderson and the California Retailers Association (CRA) President and CEO Rachel Michelin issued the following statement today: 

Pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy teams continue to play a critical role in the nation’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Effectively leveraging the existing retail pharmacy network – where every individual lives within 5 miles of a retail store – can swiftly and efficiently accelerate the vaccination of priority populations and those in rural and underserved areas. This includes expanding equitable and convenient access to COVID-19 services – including screening, testing, and vaccinations – to communities and populations in every corner of California. 

Unfortunately, retail pharmacies in California are limited in their ability to maximize their staffing resources to provide COVID-19 vaccinations as the state maintains the most restrictive pharmacy technician-to-pharmacist ratio in the nation. NACDS and CRA strongly urge Governor Newsom to waive California’s statute that arbitrarily restricts to 1:1 the maximum ratio of pharmacy technicians to pharmacists. Further, we urge immediate action to allow pharmacists to work with up to four technicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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