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Celebrate National Pharmacy Technician Day, October 23, 2012
National Pharmacy Technician Day (NPTD) highlights the important role pharmacy technicians play in supporting pharmacists in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. This year, NPTD will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Please visit www.ptcb.org for a list of unique ways to celebrate. A special interactive ecard will be emailed to all Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) in October.
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
Celebrate American Pharmacists Month
American Pharmacists Month (APhM) is celebrated annually during October. APhM is a time to recognize pharmacists for the vital contributions they make to health care in the United States through improved medication use and advanced patient care. It serves to promote pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the health care team. APhM aims to educate the public, policymakers, and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications. APhM is a time to Educate your patients, Motivate your staff, and Engage and Inspire your community to "Know Your PHARMACIST, Know Your MEDICINE." Learn more about American Pharmacists Month.
Rite Aid Wants You to Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member
Earlier this month, Rite Aid announced the ninth annual contest, in which customers can nominate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, cashiers, and Wellness Ambassadors as their favorite pharmacy team member. The contest, which runs through October 31, 2012, is in recognition of American Pharmacists Month in October. Customers who fill out a mail-in nomination form will be entered into a random drawing to win the prize. Vote for your favorite pharmacy team member.
FDA Reports Drug Shortage Decrease
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the number of drug shortages has decreased by almost 50% compared with the same time period last year. Last year, there were over 180 drugs in shortage, and this month there are 100 drugs in shortage, reported Captain Valerie Jensen, RPh, Associate Director of the Drug Shortage program in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. More information about the decrease in shortages is available in a Medpage Today article. Additional background on the challenges of drug shortages and new FDA authorities to help reduce drug shortages is available in the October 2012 NABP Newsletter article New Law Gives FDA More Authority to Prevent and Manage Drug Shortages: NABP to Collaborate on Behalf of Member Boards.
Mobile Technology Helps Patients Manage Diabetes
A new report by the eHealth Initiative reports that smartphones and other mobile technologies can help patients better manage diabetes. According to the report, the number of smartphone applications for diabetes significantly increased by almost 400% over the past three years, from 60 applications available for the iPhone to more than 260 that are available over a number of mobile platforms. Diabetes-related social media websites have also shown benefits, the report states.
VA Makes Medical Care Easier for Rural Veterans
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the nation's leader in Telehealth technologies. VA’s Telehealth provides greater access to health care through the use of telecommunications and video conferencing. Patients and providers are able to conduct several aspects of medical examinations that do not require in-person visits. Veterans are able to visit a VA clinic near their home, connect to medical centers through video conferencing, and transfer medical information by way of specially-designed telecommunications equipment.
Take a Survey and Help PharmacyTimes Plan Future CE
PharmacyTimes is developing a new Continuing Education (CE) series to improve the pharmacy team’s understanding and role in managing patients who have undergone a kidney transplant. As part of this initiative, they are asking for pharmacy team members to participate in a brief survey that will help determine how best to provide education on the topic. The survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete, and your participation will be much appreciated.
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.
Federal Pharmacy Technicians, Don't Miss JFPS 2012
Registration is now open for the 2012 Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar, taking place October 28 through November 1, 2012, at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. JFPS, previously known as Combined Forces Pharmacy Seminar, is the largest annual event for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard pharmacy community. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the active duty, reserve, and retired communities, as well as civilian pharmacists and pharmacy technicians assigned to Department of Defense facilities, are invited to participate in this four-day, education-filled event.
Everett McAllister, RPh, MPA, PTCB Executive Director & CEO, will present at the general session on behalf of PTCB on October 31, 2012. The session PTCB: Posturing for the Future will describe the role of military pharmacy technicians and how they have become innovators in the profession by taking on significant responsibilities within their work environments. As the roles of pharmacy technicians evolves, it is important that military pharmacists and pharmacy technicians learn how upcoming changes will enable them to create an even stronger model of practice.
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 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.