NOW AT PTCB
We're Redesigning the PTCB Website and Need Your Help!
PTCB strives to provide Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) and patient safety advocates with a website that is informative and user friendly. To help us with this goal, please take a few moments to complete a brief online survey. Your feedback and suggestions will provide invaluable insight as we begin a redesign of the PTCB website. Thank you in advance for helping us better serve you! The survey closes Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Take the survey now.
Encourage Your Instructor or Employer to Join Our New Advocate Programs
PTCB recently launched two new programs. The Educator Program is 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. The Employer Partnership Program is designed for national chain, community, and health-system pharmacies that want to encourage pharmacy technicians to participate in the PTCB certification program. Advocatesreceive a variety of complimentary benefits and resources from PTCB. Offerings include free individual verifications of a pharmacy technician's certification status, monthly newsletters, company recognition on PTCB’s website, and discounts on the Official PTCB Practice Exam™. Encourage your employer to join the Employer Partnership Program, or instructor to join the Educator Program today.
Urgent! MyPTCB Account Update Required
PTCB relies on up-to-date contact information for each of our 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!
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!
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.
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
Free Medication Use System CE Now Available through ISMP
Through June 1, 2015, pharmacy technicians may access the Continuing Education (CE) program Technicians Helping to Root Out Errors in the Pharmacy free-of-charge. The CE program was developed Donna Horn, RPh, DPh, Director of Patient Safety-Community Pharmacy at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), with the goal to improve pharmacy technicians' awareness of underlying system failures that may lead to errors and how these failures can be identified through a root cause analysis or other investigative techniques. This lesson is free to pharmacy technicians and has been developed to meet requirements for PTCB recertification.
Free Pharmacy Law CE Now Available through Drug Store News
Through June 1, 2015, pharmacy technicians may access the CE program Liability Consideration for Pharmacy Technicians free- of-charge. The CE program was developed by Shari Miller, MA, CPhT, JD, Attorney at Shari Miller, Attorney, PLLC, with the goal to improve the awareness of pharmacy technicians concerning the concept of liability and the actions/inactions that may lead to risk for pharmacies and pharmacy technicians. This lesson is free to pharmacy technicians and has been developed to meet requirements for PTCB recertification.
The White House and CSIP Partner to Fight Illegal Online Pharmacies
In response to a call from the White House for the private sector to join forces in the fight against the growing problem of illegal online pharmacies, the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP), alongside of U.S. government officials from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, announced the roll out of an extensive campaign to help stop illegal online pharmacies. CSIP’s efforts will include working with law enforcement to shut down illegal sites as well as providing extensive consumer education to help inform consumers about the dangers of unsafe counterfeit or contaminated prescription drugs.
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 Grant; PPMI Demonstration Grant; andthe New Investigator Research Grant. The 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). The deadline to submit abstracts is September 28. A webinar for potential applicants will be held on August 16, 2012.
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.