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CPhT Connection - June July 2013

by Laura Humphrey | Jul 16, 2013

NOW AT PTCB

New Recertification User Guide
PTCB has a new tool to assist CPhTs in the recertification application process. Our Step-by-Step Recertification User Guide walks you through your online application, from login to payment. The guide features many screen shots and addresses the most frequently asked questions about applying.

Survey for Pharmacy Technicians; Enter To Win
GlobalHealth Education is eager to collect information on pharmacy technicians to use in developing future educational materials. If you would like to participate in this survey, please take a few moments to answer the survey questions at: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/05ac4584ce4a. By participating, you will be eligible to win free recertification, compliments of GlobalHealth Education. Please note that this prize will be awarded by GlobalHealth Education, not PTCB.

Thank You for Submitting Comments on Future PTCB Certification Program Changes 
On May 31, PTCB closed our 90-day comment period for collecting input from members of the pharmacy community regarding implementation of planned changes to our certification program. PTCB is reviewing the comments and will incorporate feedback as we prepare final implementation decisions. We appreciate the valuable information shared by those who participated in the comment period. PTCB’s certification requirements have remained largely unchanged since the organization’s founding in 1995. PTCB plans to implement the changes during the next seven years to elevate our standards for certification and recertification. 

Coming Soon: PTCB CPhT of the Year!
PTCB is preparing to launch the first-ever CPhT of the Year Award. PTCB CPhTs with active certifications will be eligible for nomination. If you would like to submit a nomination, be sure to go to PTCB’s Facebook page and Like PTCB first. Stay tuned for the official call for nominations.

Reminder: Check Your Profile
Take a minute to log in at www.ptcb.org to check your profile and review all information for accuracy in your PTCB Account. Please pay attention to your 'mailing address' and make sure it is current and correct. For technicians who just took the PTCE, an incorrect mailing address will delay delivery of certificates and wallet cards for two to four additional weeks. If you do not receive your mail where you physically live, and use a PO Box or other address, please ensure your mailing address is accurate. (Certificates are typically delivered up to four weeks after your exam date. If you haven't received your certificate after four weeks, please contact us and indicate 'certificate not received by mail' in the subject line. Include your name, exam date, and address for verification.)

Mark Your Calendar!
Pharmacy Technician Day is October 22, 2013. Watch for updates.

CE UPDATE

Expanding Awareness and Support for the Elderly
Drug Store News offers a free CE entitled ‘Aging and Engaged: Expanding Awareness, Support for the Elderly.’ Pharmacy technicians who complete this CE can be advocates for elderly patient safety and health. In this course, #0401-0000-13-202-H01-T, you will learn how changes in an elderly patient’s body can affect his or her response to medications. You will also learn about common medication and disease interactions in the elderly, and challenges associated with polypharmacy and elderly patients. Visit Drug Store News online to complete this CE.

Live CE Webinars Available
CE webinars are available to annual subscribers of PharmacyTechCE.org. The first CE webinar, 'The Facts About High Risk Compounding,' is scheduled on July 16 from 1--2 PM EST. Full topic and subscription information is available at www.PharmacyTechCE.org.

RESOURCES AND NEWS

Iowa Pharmacy Association Announces Winners of Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award
The Iowa Pharmacy Association announced its 2013 award recipients of the Pharmacy Technician of the Year at its June 22 annual banquet and meeting in Iowa City. Seven pharmacy technicians from Spencer Hospital were honored.

Pharmacy Technicians in South Africa
The AIDS epidemic in South Africa has produced a substantial need for health care professionals. To help meet that demand, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been chosen to assist in the development and expansion of a pharmacy technician training program in South Africa. The College was the only school of pharmacy in the US selected to work in South Africa. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth is the site for the first of four visits to establish the program. Professors from NMMU will visit the College later this year. “There’s a need for about 2,500 additional pharmacy technicians per year in South Africa,” says Ken Schafermeyer, PhD, Director of International Programs at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. “Pharmacy technicians there practice with limited supervision and are an excellent resource for delivering care for the more than 5 million HIV and AIDS patients in the country.”

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