4729.42 Unauthorized conduct by pharmacy technicians.

(A) As used in this section, "qualified pharmacy technician" means a person who is under the personal supervision of a pharmacist and to whom all of the following apply:

(1) The person is eighteen years of age or older.

(2) The person possesses a high school diploma, possesses a certificate of high school equivalence, or was employed prior to April 8, 2009, as a pharmacy technician without a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence.

(3) The person has passed an examination approved by the state board of pharmacy to determine a person's competency to perform services as a pharmacy technician.

(4) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the person has submitted to a criminal records check in accordance with section 4776.02 of the Revised Code as if the person was an applicant for an initial license who is subject to that section, and the results of the criminal records check provided as described in that section and section 4776.04 of the Revised Code do not show that the person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any felony in this state, any other state, or the United States.

(B) Except as provided in division (F) of this section, no person who is not a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or qualified pharmacy technician shall do any of the following in a pharmacy or while performing a function of a pharmacy:

(1) Engage in the compounding of any drug;

(2) Package or label any drug;

(3) Prepare or mix any intravenous drug to be injected into a human being.

(C) No pharmacist shall allow any person employed or otherwise under the control of the pharmacist to violate division (B) of this section.

(D) No person who owns, manages, or conducts a pharmacy shall allow any person employed or otherwise under the control of the person who owns, manages, or conducts the pharmacy to violate division (B) of this section.

(E) No person who submits to a criminal records check in accordance with section 4776.02 of the Revised Code for the purpose of satisfying the criterion set forth in division (A)(4) of this section and who obtains a report pursuant to section 4776.02 or 4776.04 of the Revised Code containing the results of the criminal records check and any information provided by the federal bureau of investigation shall modify or alter, or allow any other person to modify or alter, any item, record, or information contained in the report and thereafter use the modified or altered report for the purpose of satisfying the criterion set forth in division (A)(4) of this section or otherwise submit or use it for any purpose or in any manner identified in division (A) of section 2921.13 of the Revised Code.

(F)

(1) Division (B) of this section does not prohibit a health care professional authorized to engage in the activities specified in division (B)(1), (2), or (3) of this section while acting in the course of the professional's practice.

(2) Division (B) of this section does not prohibit the activities performed by a student as an integral part of a pharmacy technician training program that is operated by a vocational school district or joint vocational school district, certified by the department of education, or approved by the Ohio board of regents.

(3) In the case of a person employed after April 8, 2009, division (B) of this section does not prohibit the person's activities for the first twelve months following the initial date of employment, if both of the following apply:

(a) The person is participating in or has completed a pharmacy technician training program that meets the board's standards for those programs and is making substantial progress in preparation to take a pharmacy technician examination approved by the board.

(b) The results of the person's criminal records check provided as described in sections 4776.02 and 4776.04 of the Revised Code show that the person previously has not been convicted of or has not pleaded guilty to any felony in this state, any other state, or the United States.

(4) In the case of a person who completes a pharmacy technician training program that is operated by a vocational school district or joint vocational school district, division (B) of this section does not prohibit the person's activities for the first twelve months following the date of completing the program, if both of the following apply:

(a) The person is making substantial progress in preparation to take a pharmacy technician examination approved by the board.

(b) The results of the person's criminal records check show that the person previously has not been convicted of or has not pleaded guilty to any felony in this state, any other state, or the United States.

(5) In the case of a person employed on April 8, 2009, in the capacity of a pharmacy technician, division (B) of this section does not do either of the following:

(a) Require the person to undergo a criminal records check if the person has been employed for five years or longer;

(b) Prohibit the person's activities until the earlier of either of the following:

(i) If the person has not passed an examination described in division (A)(3) of this section, eighteen months after April 8, 2009;

(ii) If a criminal records check is required because the person has not been employed for five years or longer, the date on which the person and the employer receive the results of a criminal records check provided as described in sections 4776.02 and 4776.04 of the Revised Code that show the person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any felony in this state, any other state, or the United States.

(G) If, pursuant to rules adopted under section 4729.26 of the Revised Code, the board requires a person that develops or administers a pharmacy technician examination to submit examination materials to the board for approval, any examination materials that are submitted shall not be public records for purposes of section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Amended by 128th General Assemblych.9, HB 2, §101.01, eff. 4/1/2009.

Effective Date: 2008 SB203 04-08-2009