Pharmacist’s discretion plays major role in waived regulations

Posted at 6:31 PM, Apr 08, 2020

Pharmacists do their best to help people in our community get the best results from their medications.

To keep these crucial efforts going, Gov. Greg Abbott waived certain rules Wednesday so workers can make sure patients have what they need.

Whether you’re going to a drive-through or going in to see your pharmacist, the process of picking up your prescriptions is important.

Mike Krumnow has been a pharmacist for 40 years at RC Pharmacy, where two employees work: Krumnow, and his pharmacy technician.

They both serve patients, in not just South Texas, but all over the state.

Abbott waived restrictions allowing pharmacy technicians to take over more responsibilities.

These regulations include:

"Pharmacy technicians can now accept prescription drug orders over the phone, pharmacy technicians receive a transfer of original prescription information on behalf of patients,

and allowing pharmacy interns to assist pharmacists without the designation of a preceptor."

However, Krumnow saids this is all at the discretion of the pharmacist.

“Basically they can do most everything the pharmacist can do except the consulting and have the final sign-off on the prescriptions,” Krumnow said.

The technicians is allowed to take drug prescriptions over the phone at RC Pharmacy, but when it comes to a final review of the medications, the pharmacist has the final say.