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Mark Koziol explains why the PDA has released a report about pharmacy technicians

Mark Koziol, Chairman of the PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association), has published his introductory statement explaining why the organisation has spent over three years producing a report about the role of pharmacy technicians in community pharmacy.

Mon 16th July 2018 The PDA

“This report seeks to set a sensible vision for the future development of pharmacist and pharmacy technician practice in community pharmacy in particular and it proposes ways in which this can be done,” said Mark Koziol.

This statement is the first section to be released from the long-anticipated report, although announcement of the report’s forthcoming publication has already been subject to significant discussion on social media. The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) has already issued a media statement that they will await the full publication of the whole PDA report before responding further.

Mark’s statement reads: “This report considers a wide range of relevant topics, many of which have thus far not been properly addressed or even considered at all. These include a consideration from a patient safety point of view of how public protection is delivered through healthcare regulation.”

Inevitably, there will be those that do not like the challenges, nor the solutions proposed. It is hoped however, that those who care about patient safety and the successful future of pharmacy, as well as the future roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, will consider the detail of this report and engage in a collaborative way about how progress can be made, which benefits patients and all those who work in pharmacy.

To encourage a full review of the report, the PDA are publishing the report on their website one chapter at a time over the coming weeks. The first full chapter is scheduled to be released later this week.

Mark concluded: “The PDA’s intention is to promote wider engagement of the profession in a thought provoking debate that considers the broader factors and encourages all stakeholders to reach a positive consensus on how to address the matters raised. Our ambition is to make pharmacy better for patients, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. We hope all stakeholders potentially affected will engage in the debate in this spirit.”

Download Mark’s full statement here

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