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CPhT Connection - March 2012

by Megan Coder | Mar 01, 2012

NOW AT PTCB

PTCB Welcomes Everett McAllister, Executive Director/CEO

On March 5, 2012, Everett B. McAllister, RPh, MPA, joined PTCB as the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). McAllister has 27 years of health care leadership experience. During his career, he held senior pharmacist positions within the United States Air Force and Department of Defense, as well as executive-level positions at teaching medical centers, ambulatory clinics, and health-systems across the country. 

"I have a unique appreciation of the services pharmacy technicians provide to the health care team," said McAllister. “Technicians are the backbone of the military health care system and I look forward to transitioning this understanding to the broader practice of pharmacy."

Time is Running Out! Take the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative Survey 
We are offering pharmacists and pharmacy technicians the unique opportunity to provide PTCB with feedback on issues relating to certification that may have substantial impact on the pharmacy profession. Launched in 2011, the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative is focused on consumer awareness, resources, education, state policy, and testing for pharmacy technicians. Recommendations involve the creation of specialty pharmacy technician certifications and additional requirements for certification, including requiring a minimum period of practical experience, criminal background checks, and completion of an accredited education program. Survey results will provide important input on advancing the work of pharmacy technicians and the future of the PTCB certification program. To take the survey, please visit click here. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Are You Connected? Join over 30,000 CPhTs Networking Now!
Right now, over 30,000 pharmacy technicians and patient safety advocates are connected through PTCB’s social media pages onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. Within this community, individuals are networking to find employment opportunities; discuss the value of certification; learn about innovative practice models; share challenges and successes within the workplace; and more! 

Celebrate Your 10 or 15 Year Certification Anniversary
Certification demonstrates your commitment to the highest standards in pharmacy technician practice. For those who have maintained certification for 10 or more years, we are proud to offer two unique ways to showcase your accomplishment. Choose from either a silver-tone pin with a polished "10" or agold-tone pin with a polished "15" to proudly display the years you have been a PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). These special commemorative pins are available exclusively through the PTCB store and are priced at $3.95 each.

CPhT SPOTLIGHT

Check out March's CPhT Spotlight, Meredith Deavers, Insurance Liaison/Lead Pharmacy Technician at Buford Road Pharmacy in Richmond, VA.

“The most rewarding aspect of my position is being able to work with patients and their families in regards to insurance coverage and helping them figure out coverage when it becomes confusing,” said Deavers. “Insurance is a difficult aspect of pharmacy that is not taught in pharmacy school or technician training courses, but it’s an important skill to learn.”

Nominate a CPhT Spotlight!
Do you or does someone you work with continually demonstrate excellence as a pharmacy technician? Each month, PTCB highlights one select CPhT whose dedication to patient safety and embodiment of innovation within the pharmacy profession makes them an example for others. If you or someone you know exemplifies these characteristics, please contact PTCB at contact@ptcb.org for information on being featured as a future CPhT Spotlight!


RESOURCES & NEWS


Pharmacy Technicians at Risk for Waste Violations
A recent article in Drug Store News highlights the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to aid in the mismanagement of hazardous pharmaceutical waste generated by hospitals and other health care facilities. According to the article, approximately two thirds of all hospitals in the United States are not in compliance with EPA requirements and often, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians may be held personally accountable for violations.

AAPT 30th Anniversary Annual Convention 
The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) invites you to attend the 2012 AAPT Annual National Convention, July 26-28, 2012 in Memphis, TN. Attendees can earn up to 15 hours of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CE), while networking with other pharmacy technicians in the field. Register online.

Create Your CPE Monitor E-Profile 
The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits in a central system. To prepare for the new process, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are encouraged to obtain their NABP e-Profile ID now to ensure their e-Profile is properly setup. Create your e-profile here