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CPhT Connection - March 2015

by Laura Humphrey | Apr 03, 2015
March 2015

NOW AT PTCB

How Many PTCB CPhTs Are in Your State?
PTCB’s newest state-by-state map shows the number of CPhTs in each state at the end of 2014. The map also shows which states regulate pharmacy technicians and which require national certification. Pharmacy technicians who wish to know specific requirements for pharmacy technicians in their state should refer to their State Board of Pharmacy web pages. 

Please Check and Update Your PTCB Account
Please make sure your postal mailing address, email address, and other contact information in your PTCB Account Profile are correct. PTCB will be sending out important messages in the coming weeks and months. Take a minute to login and review your information.

Celebrate CPhTs on Facebook and Twitter!
To celebrate PTCB’s twentieth anniversary, PTCB is giving away items monthly on social media! Followers on Facebook (be sure to LIKE PTCB) and Twitter are invited to comment to enter a monthly drawing. To enter in April, use #CelebrateCPhT and post a response to the following: "It’s spring, and everything is new! What new or expanded roles and responsibilities are you taking on as a CPhT?” Post your comment and add #CelebrateCPhT for a chance to win the new PTCB mug. First visit PTCB on Facebook and Twitter to participate.

CE Reminder: Your CE Courses Must Be Pharmacy Technician-Specific
Beginning in 2015, CE hours earned by CPhTs must be pharmacy technician-specific ('T-specific') to be acceptable for recertification. PTCB has also reduced the number of allowable 'in-service' CE hours from 10 to 5, starting in 2015. PTCB's new requirements are part of the Certification Program changes PTCB announced in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB's standards for certification and recertification. The revised CE requirements are meant to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs specific to the knowledge required in today's pharmacy settings. View the fact sheet.

PTCB ON THE ROAD

Attend Your State Pharmacy Association Meeting
CPhTs often ask us what they can do for their profession. One of our suggestions is to attend state pharmacy association meetings and encourage other CPhTs to do the same. These gatherings present excellent opportunities to network with fellow CPhTs who are committed to their careers, and at the same time earn required CEs. PTCB enjoys participating frequently in these state conferences when we have the chance to meet and talk with many dedicated and engaged technicians across the US.
     In February, PTCB attended the Midwest Pharmacy Expo in Des Moines, IA where pharmacists and more than 50 pharmacy technicians from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri gathered for CE and networking opportunities. PTCB learned a lot about new and expanding responsibilities for CPhTs, including the roles of community outreach technicians within large retailers.
     PTCB attended the Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Detroit, February 27-March 1. Michigan recently passed a law requiring pharmacy technicians to be licensed by June 30, 2015. The technician turnout at this meeting was very high. PTCB gave a presentation alongside Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. During the sessions, PTCB had the opportunity to meet CPhTs in new and expanded roles, such as quality assurance manager and financial reimbursement specialist.

Coming Up                    

PTCB Was There!

YOU ASK. WE ANSWER.

Your Question: I faxed the documentation for my recertification audit to PTCB and I have not heard back. What happened?
PTCB’s Answer: Due to the large number of faxes received daily, PTCB does not  verify receipt of your faxed audit documentation. It can take up to four weeks for application processing. If four weeks have passed, and you believe that your audit documentation was not successfully sent, please fax it again to 202-888-1699 or you may email the documentation to contact@ptcb.org. Recertification applications, including those selected for audit, are processed in the order they are received. You can view the status of your application in your PTCB Account by logging in and looking under the Certification Management section on the main page of your account.

CE UPDATE

PTCB does not recommend or endorse specific educational or CE courses or materials for pharmacy technicians; however, PTCB does share examples of CE resources for informational purposes only. Resources shared are in no way authored, supported, sponsored, owned, or endorsed by PTCB. 

Free Patient Safety CE: Achieving Excellence in Sterile Compounding

This patient safety CE is designed for health-system pharmacists and technicians, especially those interested in acute care, sterile compounding, patient safety, staff development and training, and quality improvement. This educational activity features effective ways to engage staff and ensure competency in sterile compounding. The course will describe innovative ways to train the pharmacy workforce on topics from the basic tenets of aseptic technique to environmental monitoring and beyond. The activity concludes with a case study highlighting the impact of staff development on patient safety. This free patient safety CE is worth 1.5 CE hours and will expire on 03/02/2016.  

Power-Pak CE Pharmacy Technician Library Purchase unlimited access to 20 CE courses (40 hours) for 2 years for a fee of $34.95 through the Power-Pak CE Pharmacy Technician Library. These ACPE-accredited activities from Power-Pak are updated continually and focus on: patient safety, pharmacy law, pharmacology, drug information, and general pharmacy practice. Power-Pak's pharmacy technician recertification courses were developed by educational specialists from Postgraduate Healthcare Education and faculty from various colleges of pharmacy. The objectives for each T-designated course align with the core competencies listed in PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint

Technician-Specific CEs Available By Subscription
Earn T-specific CE hours through PharmacyTechCE.org. The yearly fee of $60 provides access to more than 30 topics specifically for pharmacy technicians. Topics are available in multiple formats including on-demand activities, CE monographs, and podcasts. Live webinars are offered on new topics each month.                   

CPhT SPOTLIGHT

During her 40-year career, Pamela Crossman, CPhT, demonstrated her commitment to leadership, excellence, and patient safety. Pam hires, schedules, and trains the 40 pharmacy technicians and interns employed in a multi-hospital complex.

 

PTCB STORE NEWS

Get Ready for Warm Weather! Hydrate with PTCB's New Water Bottle
PTCB’s new Camelbak .75 liter bottle makes portable hydration simple; just flip, bite, and sip. This bottle fits easily in the hand and is compatible with most cup holders. The loop handle makes it easy to clip to a pack or comfortably carry with your finger. The spill-proof design, durable construction, and BPA-free material make it an ideal bottle for your desktop at work, your workout, or whatever. Check out the PTCB Store to order!                                                         

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