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CPhT Connection - July 2012

by Megan Coder | Nov 09, 2012

NOW AT PTCB

PTCB Announces New Educator Program

PTCB is pleased to announce the launch of the Educator Program, designed for pharmacy technician educational institutions and training programs that provide classroom instruction, position students for employment in the evolving health care system, and prepare individuals to participate in PTCB's national certification program. Once enrolled, Advocate Educators receive a variety of complimentary benefits and resources from PTCB. Offerings include free individual verification of a pharmacy technician's certification status, monthly newsletters, recognition on PTCB's website, discounts on the Official PTCB Practice ExamTM, and quarterly School Performance Reports to track class performance on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Enrollment is easy. If you are a pharmacy technician educator, become an Educator Partner today by completing an application.

Urgent! MyPTCB Account Update Required

PTCB relies on up-to-date contact information for each of our Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) to send important recertification reminders and program updates. To ensure your account complies with upgrades to the PTCB website and database, please log on to your MyPTCB account and update your email and mailing address information now using the information provided below. If you experience difficulty logging on, please follow the password reset instructions on PTCB.org. A link will then be emailed to you with instructions on how to reset your password. We appreciate your cooperation!

Certification Number: 
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New CPhT Resource Toolkit from PTCB

PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety. To achieve this mission, we created a CPhT Resource Toolkit for pharmacy technicians to assist in better serving patients, promoting safe work environments, and progressing within the pharmacy profession. These resources were created for you, your pharmacy, and your patients!

Join PTCB's Social Media Community, Over 30,000 Strong!

Right now over 30,000 pharmacy technicians and advocates of patient safety are connected through PTCB’s social media pages on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter. Within this community, individuals are networking to find employment opportunities; discuss the value of certification; and share challenges and successes within the workplace.

Encourage Your Employer to Join the Employer Partnership Program

What do Baltimore Washington Medical Center; East Alabama Medical Center; Georgetown Hospital System; Mercy Health System Retail Pharmacies; and Willamette Valley Medical Center have in common? These are just a few of the over 250 pharmacies that have joined the Employer Partnership Program! Enrollment is easy. Encourage your employer to become an Advocate Partner today by completing an application.

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 15 years, we are proud to offer two unique ways to showcase your accomplishment with a commemorative 10 or 15 year anniversary pin. Choose from either a silver-tone pin with a polished "10" or a gold-tone pin with a polished "15" to proudly display the years you have been a PTCB CPhT. These pins are available exclusively through the PTCB store and are priced at $3.95 each, not including shipping.

Purchase a 10 Year CPhT Anniversary Pin
Purchase a 15 Year CPhT Anniversary Pin

CPhT SPOTLIGHT

Check out the July CPhT Spotlight, Alison Berry, Technical Services Manager at CMC-NorthEast in Concord, NC.

"The most rewarding part of my job is demonstrating to others that they can do and be more,” said Berry. "I am very interested in showing fellow technicians that there is more to this position than counting pills and delivering medications. We are the pharmacist's right hand. Through hard work and desire…and maybe some luck, the sky is the limit!”

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 for information on being featured as a future CPhT Spotlight!

RESOURCES & NEWS

Just a Few Days Left to Access a Free, Live Webinar on Safe Acetaminophen Use

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is hosting a free, live webinar on Encouraging the Safe Use of Acetaminophen. Register now to earn 1.5 hours of live Continuing Education (CE) credit. This webinar will discuss regulatory actions regarding acetaminophen, factors and situations that can contribute to acetaminophen overdoses, the impact of FDA activities on patient care recommendations, and much more. Webinar closes July 23, 2012.

Join APhA and Take Advantage of Free CE

Looking for networking opportunities, CE, and industry information? The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) invites pharmacy technicians to join APhA to access these benefits and more! Pharmacy technicians who join APhA before July 31, 2012, will receive APhA Pharmacy Law Matters 2011: Legal and Regulatory Developments Affecting Pharmacy in 2011 (2 hrs. CE Credit) as a special welcome gift! Join today and use the coupon code S12TL on the online enrollment form.

Revamped PPMI Website Will Help You Create Practice Change

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has renovated and relaunched its Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) website. It is easier for users to navigate and offers a richer variety of information and resources than before. The website now includes case studies of ASHP members leading practice change in their institutions as well as webinars and practice spotlights. It also features important member tools, such as the Hospital Self-Assessment, National Dashboard, and the new State Affiliate Tool Kit.

ASHP House of Delegates Approves Professional Policies

The ASHP House of Delegates in June considered a number of vital professional issues during its 64th annual session, including support for advanced roles for pharmacy technicians. ASHP advocates that all pharmacy technicians should complete an ASHP-accredited training program, be certified by PTCB, and be licensed by State Boards of Pharmacy; further, that beyond those requirements pharmacy technicians working in advanced roles should have additional training and should demonstrate ongoing competencies specific to the tasks to be performed; further, that expansion of pharmacy technician duties into expanded, advanced roles should include consideration of potential risk to patients and that ongoing quality assurance metrics should be established to assure patient safety.

ASHP Foundation Research Grants Now Available

The ASHP Foundation is committed to advancing optimal patient outcomes and to the design and study of safe and effective medication-use systems. To support this effort, the ASHP Foundation is now accepting applications for three research grants that will advance practice by supporting research related to the ASHP/ASHP Foundation PPMI: Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research GrantPPMI Demonstration Grant; and the New Investigator Research Grant. PPMI Demonstration Grant is in its second year of supporting demonstration projects related to the ASHP/ASHP Foundation PPMI. The grants are available in the following research priority areas: Pharmacists’ Roles (up to three $25,000 grants); Pharmacy Technicians and Technology (up to two $25,000 grants); and Pharmacist Education (one $25,000 grant).

Federal Pharmacy Technicians, Don’t Miss WW12!

Join over 2,500 attendees, with over 50% representing Department of Defense (DoD) (military, civilian and contract personnel), for the DoD Worldwide Education Symposium and Expo 2012 (WW12) July 23–27, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s event will provide career opportunities and stimulating creative thought about current educational issues while fostering joint service partnerships to meet changing needs and declining resources within the federal system.

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 CE, while networking with other pharmacy technicians in the field.

Pharmacy Technicians to go Global at FIP Centennial Congress

Recognizing the valuable role of pharmacy technicians in the health care team, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is proud to host a special symposium for pharmacy technicians across the globe. The Symposium for Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Support Workforce will take place October 3–4, 2012 during the FIP Centennial Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Megan Coder, PTCB Director of Professional Affairs, will be presenting. The session will describe the role of pharmacy technicians across the world and how national legislation, educational content, and the organization of pharmacies and the health care system help and hinder their role. Learn more about the FIP Symposium for Pharmacy Technicians.