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On June 25, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 91 of 2015, which amended the effective date for pharmacy technician licensure to Oct. 1, 2015. Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and other groups advocated for the extension period due to the large amount of applications received that are still being processed.


Additionally, last week, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) updated their pharmacy technician FAQs document to address some of our members’ concerns related to the dispensing process. The document states:


“To dispense medication means to issue one or more doses of a drug for subsequent administration to, or use by, a patient. The dispensing process for medication begins when medication is placed in an approved container pursuant to a prescription. The dispensing process for medication ends when the container is closed and a label containing the information required by MCL 333.17745(6) is affixed to that container.


An individual who handles the container after that point does not need to have a pharmacy technician license as long the container is not opened or the label is not changed or replaced; this will include the handling of the container to complete the payment transaction for the prescription.”


The full FAQ document can be accessed online. MPA will continue to advocate for this issue. If you have any concerns, please e-mail Eric Roath, MPA director of professional practice, at


To get the most up-to-date information related to technician licensure, visit the Technician Licensure page on the MPA Web site or the LARA Web site. As a reminder, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks to process each application. Please allow adequate time before contacting the Department.

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