Kelly Jerry, the mother of Emily, became resolved to ensure that another family would never have to encounter such a tragic and preventable loss. In 2006, the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA), based out of Houston, reached out to Kelly offering support, guidance and lobbying assistance. In 2008, with the support of Senator Tim Grendell (R), SB 203, now known as Emily’s Law, was introduced in the Ohio State Senate.
NPTA’s Chairman and CEO, Mike Johnston, CPhT, traveled on numerous occasions to Ohio to support Kelly Jerry and work with Senator Grendell in overcoming powerful, opposing lobbyist efforts and a few petty politicians. In a unique and unlikely series of circumstances, Grendell and Johnston were not only able to get all opposing parties on board with SB 203, but they were able to revise the bill, making it even stronger than the original draft.
“I am thankful for the assistance of the National Pharmacy Technician Association with the passage of Emily’s Law in Ohio,” explained Kelly Jerry, “due to their expertise, persistence and hard work, Ohio now has the most thorough and stringent laws regarding pharmacy technicians in the United States.”