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July Recertificants May Apply Now
PTCB is now accepting recertification applications for CPhTs due to recertify by July 31, 2013. To get started on your application, please log in to your account using the username and password we emailed to you earlier this year. If this is your first time logging in, you will be asked to update your profile. PTCB looks forward to reviewing your application and renewing your CPhT credential.
Submit Your Comments By May 31 on PTCB's Future Certification Program Changes
There is still time to comment on future changes to the PTCB Certification Program. The 90-day open, online comment period allows members of the pharmacy community to share best practices for implementing the new requirements. The changes, announced February 27, will advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for national certification and recertification. Comments will be accepted through May 31. Visit the comment page today.
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 an opportunity 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.
Rejoin Your PTCB Facebook Community
While you may have Liked PTCB's Facebook page before, we are asking you to Like us again. The total number of Likes is increasing, and we want to be sure you are part of PTCB’s online community. Connect with employers, educators, and other pharmacy technicians, expand your network, and keep updated on important certification deadlines and news. More than 34,000 members were dropped from our Facebook community due to a bug in March, but you are coming back!
PTCB on the Road
Recently PTCB used its exhibit booth to share information on PTCB’s Certification Program, the Advocate Educator Program, the Advocate Employer Program, and careers for pharmacy technicians. PTCB staff discussed these topics with exhibit hall visitors and presented sessions to audiences at the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Seminar, April 26-28. Megan Coder, PTCB’s then Director of Professional Affairs, shared details on PTCB’s future Certification Program changes during sessions at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Educational Conference, April 18-19, and the North Dakota Pharmacists Association Annual Convention, April 26-28. PTCB's Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, attended the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in St. Louis, May 18-21. PTCB will exhibit at the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia, June 30-July 3; and will exhibit and present a session at the National Pharmacy Technician Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, July 9-10.
We Sent a Survey to Your Educator and/or Employer
PTCB sent surveys to Advocate Educators and Advocate Employers on May 3, and responses are due by June 15. Participation in the bi-annual surveys is a requirement for PTCB’s Advocate Educators and Employers. Specific data on individual institutions or companies will not be released. Encourage your employer to complete the PTCB online survey for employers; please urge your educator to complete PTCB's survey for educators. Each contains approximately 20 questions and takes less than 10 minutes. Data collected provides information PTCB will use to better serve your employers, educators, and you.
Pharmacy Technicians Positioned to Help Lead Crime Safety Awareness
Pharmacy technicians work alongside pharmacists every day, and are usually the team members who interact first with patients and customers. Located on the front lines of a pharmacy, technicians are likely to encounter a pharmacy theft or crime situation before anyone else. Response to a crisis requires a team effort, and pharmacy technicians can take the lead to create action plans and promote safe environments in their workplaces. To prepare for pharmacy crime situations, technicians can benefit from working with pharmacy managers, understanding their own roles in crisis response, helping to ensure their pharmacy’s safety plan is clearly communicated to the pharmacy team, and connecting with local law enforcement agencies for information. Visit rxpatrol.com for pharmacy security tools and to register for the online database.
Nik Johnson, CPhT
Check out the May 2013 CPhT Spotlight on Nik Johnson, CPhT, Pharmacy Affairs Program Manager at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy in Alexandria, VA. In his position, Nik is involved in discussions on how laws should be written, how they will be implemented in the pharmacy, and how they will affect patients.
Olevia Brown, CPhT, MBA
Don’t miss the CPhT Spotlight on Olevia Brown, CPhT, MBA, Pharmacy Service Manager at Harris Health System in Houston, who has her own story of achievement to tell. If you haven’t read it, check it out now. Olevia figured out how to establish and administer groundbreaking systems to help underserved patients struggling to pay for prescriptions.
Nominate a CPhT Spotlight
Do you know someone who continually demonstrates 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 make him or her an example for others. If you or someone you know exemplifies these characteristics, please contact PTCB at firstname.lastname@example.org to request information on being featured as a future CPhT Spotlight. It’s easy to submit information to be considered.
RESOURCES AND NEWS
Free Law CE on Affordable Care Act
The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) offers a two-hour ACPE-accredited law CE on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at no charge regardless of NPTA membership. To access the course, first, register as a site user at www.pharmacytechnician.org, and then follow the steps to activate your account. Click on CEs, and find course #370 on the Affordable Care Act. The target audience for this program is CPhTs working in contemporary pharmacy practice settings. Visit PTCB's home page for updates on new CE programs.
New Subscription-Based CE Service Launches in May at PharmacyTechCE.org
A new subscription-based CE service specifically for pharmacy technicians is now available at www.PharmacyTechCE.org. The service offers T-designated activities designed to meet the educational needs of pharmacy technicians. This service, from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), offers more than 20 hours of T-designated CEs to choose from each year, including medication safety and law topics. Monthly live webinars are expected to be offered later this summer. The topics are available for all practice settings, and include pharmacy calculations, medication management, transitions of care, law, and more. The service is subscription-based, so you must sign up to subscribe first, and then you may enroll in up to 20 hours at no additional cost. Volume subscription discounts are also available, with subscription prices ranging from $48 for a volume discount, to $60 for a single subscription. The cost comes out to $3 or less per CE hour. Visit PharmacyTechCE.org to learn more.
Walmart Announces the Best Pharmacy Technician of the Year
Deandra Bradley was recently named the best Walmart pharmacy technician in the nation. She was selected from 2,500 pharmacy technicians who competed for the award.
Adverse Events Should be Reported Quickly to MedWatch
MedWatch is the FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program that helps health care providers and consumers notify the Agency of faulty medicines and other risks related to drugs. FDA encourages patients to report adverse events as soon as possible. A cluster of reports about the same drug in a short period of time will trigger prompt action to inform the public. Patients are one of the first lines of defense against serious side effects and other problems related to drugs.
- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Summer Meeting and Exposition, coming up in Minneapolis, June 1-5, will feature the most current relevant practice information, plus networking events.
- Sign up to attend PTCB’s session at the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, July 9-10.
- San Diego will be the site of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC) 2013 Annual Conference July 11-13. This meeting is your chance to learn about ASHP accreditation, earn ACPE- accredited CE, and network with colleagues and pharmacy professionals.
- Travel to Minneapolis August 8-10 for the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) Annual Conference. PTCB will be presenting at this gathering of pharmacy technicians. The conference will focus on “Nurturing the Growth of Pharmacy Technicians.”
- The Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar (JFPS) 2013, October 20-23 in Orlando, FL, will cover the most advanced, current, and valuable training, practical how-to strategies, and techniques for improving pharmacy operations, and clinical practices to advance patient care.