- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Big-box pharmacies would be allowed to use as many technicians as they need under a bill approved by the Florida House.

The bill (HB 323) passed 85-33 Friday.

Current law requires approval from the state’s board of pharmacy for anything over a ratio of three technicians to one pharmacist.

Proponents, including Walgreens and the Florida Retail Federation, say the law would allow the large pharmacies to bring down drug prices. Opponents contend the higher technician ratio would create a scenario for more errors.

Florida is among 18 states allowing a maximum of three technicians to one pharmacist.