(1) A pharmacy technician shall only perform tasks which do not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist and which are subject to verification to assist a pharmacist in the practice of pharmacy.
(2) The functions and tasks which shall not be performed by pharmacy technicians include, but are not limited to:
(a) Receiving oral medical orders from a practitioner or his or her agent except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of section 38-2870;
(b) Providing patient counseling;
(c) Performing any evaluation or necessary clarification of a medical order or performing any functions other than strictly clerical functions involving a medical order;
(d) Supervising or verifying the tasks and functions of pharmacy technicians;
(e) Interpreting or evaluating the data contained in a patient's record maintained pursuant to section 38-2869;
(f) Releasing any confidential information maintained by the pharmacy;
(g) Performing any professional consultations; and
(h) Drug product selection, with regard to an individual medical order, in accordance with the Nebraska Drug Product Selection Act.
(3) The director shall, with the recommendation of the board, waive any of the limitations in subsection (2) of this section for purposes of a scientific study of the role of pharmacy technicians approved by the board. Such study shall be based upon providing improved patient care or enhanced pharmaceutical care. Any such waiver shall state the length of the study and shall require that all study data and results be made available to the board upon the completion of the study. Nothing in this subsection requires the board to approve any study proposed under this subsection.