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CPhT Connection - November 2012

by User Not Found | Jan 28, 2013

NOW AT PTCB

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 be emailed to you with instructions on how to reset your password. We appreciate your cooperation!

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.

RESOURCES & NEWS

ASHP Offers Provider Resources on Safe Compounding and Outsourcing
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) provides several resources to help pharmacists and other providers address the new responsibilities and demands resulting from the fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated methylprednisolone acetate injection compounded by NECC. The ASHP Sterile Compounding Resource Center includes tools to help ensure that sterile products are safe for patients such as the “Outsourcing Sterile Products Preparation: Contractor Assessment Tool” and publications such as a checklist of Eight Critical Steps Related to Sterile Compounding Services. 

In addition, the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers will hold a Webinar, “Compounding and Outsourcing – Ensuring Patient Safety for Health System Pharmacy" on Friday, November 16, 2012. The Webinar will feature several experts in sterile product preparation and insights from members who are dealing with particular issues resulting from the NECC tragedy. Registration is available online. ASHP has also added a breaking news session, “A Compounding Tragedy – A National Response,” to the Society’s Midyear Clinical Meeting that takes place December 5, 2012. The session will include representatives from FDA and NABP. 

Report Medication Errors and Close Calls
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) operates the National Medication Errors Reporting Program. Without reporting, such events may go unrecognized and important epidemiological and preventive information would be unavailable. This is a confidential and voluntary program. Report medication errors, preventable adverse drug reactions, close calls, or hazardous conditions here.

Learn About Pharmacy Safety
Purdue Pharma and the National Community Pharmacists Association have introduced the latest version of a video designed to educate pharmacy staff about pharmacy crime. "RxPatrol Pharmacy Safety and Security," is free of charge and is part of the NCPA's Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative, which started in 2008. Find more information here.

Risks of Buying Prescription Drugs from Illegal Online Sellers 
The risks of buying medications from illegal online sellers are highlighted in a recent report from the Chicago Tribune. Many of these websites illegally sell prescription medications to patients without a valid prescription, and many of the medications distributed are counterfeit or adulterated, bringing health risks to those who use them. The article provides examples of patients harmed by counterfeit drugs, and information from experts on the dangers of buying from websites which are not properly licensed as pharmacies. Bryan Liang, MD, JD, PhD, a professor and pharmaceutical security expert, notes that the safest way to purchase prescription drugs online is to choose an internet pharmacy accredited by the NABP Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesCM (VIPPS®) program. The list of VIPPS pharmacies is available on the Recommended VIPPS Sites page of the AWARXE® website. 

Join Thousands During the Great American Smokeout
No matter how long you’ve been smoking or trying to quit, you can be smoke-free. This November 15th, join the thousands of Americans who quit smoking each year during the Great American Smokeout. To help Veterans quit smoking and tobacco use, the VA offers:

- Screening for tobacco use during primary care visits
- Individual counseling
- Prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy, such as a nicotine patch or gum, or other medications
- Participation in evidence-based smoking cessation programs

Learn more about these and other tools by visiting the Office of Public Health and learn about the new mobile web page and view the Break Free from Smoking video.

Antibiotic Awareness Campaigns Underway
CDC’s annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is being observed November 12-18, 2012, to promote awareness about the problem of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. The campaign is aimed toward both the general public and health care providers. CDC coordinates the work of the agency’s "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work" campaign with state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners. Promotional materials and additional resources are posted on the CDC website in the section, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. Six updated fact sheets are available to assist health care providers in educating patients. The 2012 observance also marks the third year of an international collaboration, and coincides withEuropean Antibiotic Awareness Day and awareness weeks inAustralia and in Canada

Free ASHP CE Webcasts
Four Midday Symposia conducted by ASHP Advantage at this year’s American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting will feature live webcasts, each providing two hours of live continuing pharmacy education (CPE). These webcasts provide a great opportunity for those who cannot attend The Midyear to be part of the action and receive live CPE. Each of the webcast activities will feature live video and audio via the internet. 

You must register online to participate. There is no charge for participating in these live webcasts, and ASHP membership is not required.

2012–2013 Flu Vaccine Now Available—Learn Where to Get Yours
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three flu viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce the seasonal flu vaccine. The 2012–2013 flu vaccine is made from the following three viruses: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus; A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus; and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus. The government recommends everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Use the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a flu vaccine location.

Free Medication Use System CE Now Available through ISMP
Through June 1, 2015, pharmacy technicians may access the CE program Technicians Helping to Root Out Errors in the Pharmacy free-of-charge. The CE program was developed by 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.