Download Guidance for Tech-Check-Tech (TCT) Program Implementation
Health-system pharmacists are being asked to assume more clinical and patient-centered responsibilities in addition to technical distribution activities. Advancing the role of pharmacy technicians and interns through tech-check-tech (TCT) has been shown to increase pharmacist time for clinical, patient-centered responsibilities. These include interdisciplinary communication, drug therapy monitoring, dosing recommendations, and counseling patients on their medications.
A TCT program utilizes specifically trained and qualified pharmacy technicians or pharmacy interns to validate medications selected by another technician or intern for distribution within a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) licensed premises. According to an ASHP review article from 2011, tech-check-tech programs were being utilized in 15 states. Furthermore, eleven studies have been conducted on the safety of tech-check-tech programs. Pharmacy technician accuracy in tech-check-tech programs was found to be non-inferior to the accuracy of pharmacists (99.6% and 99.3%, respectively) in all eleven studies. However, in six of the studies, pharmacy technicians were reported as having a statistically significantly (p<0.05) higher accuracy rate than pharmacists.
The Missouri Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Public Policy Committee has developed this guidance document to assist health-systems pharmacists in implementing a safe and effective tech-check-tech program. MSHP encourages Missouri health-systems to follow the outlined procedures in this guidance document when implementing tech-check-tech within their health-systems.