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CPhT Connection - February 2012

by Megan Coder | Feb 01, 2012


Share Your Feedback on Proposed Changes to the PTCB Certification Program-Take the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative Survey

PTCB launched the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative in 2011 by hosting a summit focused on the areas of Consumer Awareness, Resources, Education, State Policy, and Testing relating to pharmacy technicians. Recommendations involve the creation of specialty pharmacy technician certification exams and additional requirements for certification, including requiring a minimum period of practical experience, criminal background checks, and completion of an accredited education program. The C.R.E.S.T. Initiative Survey will be open through March 31, 2012 to gather profession-wide feedback on recommendations. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. To learn more about the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative, please visit To take the survey, please visit click here.

PTCB Announces New Employer Partnership Program

PTCB recently launched the Employer Partnership Program, designed for national chain, community, and health-system pharmacies that want to encourage pharmacy technicians to participate in the PTCB certification program. By becoming an Advocate Partner, employers receive a variety of complimentary benefits and resources from PTCB. Offerings include free individual verification of a pharmacy technician’s certification status, monthly newsletters, company recognition on PTCB’s website, and discounts on the Official PTCB Practice Exam™. Encourage your employer to become an Advocate Partner today by completing an application and brief survey. To learn more about the Employer Partnership Program, visit

New PTCB Appeals Procedures for CPhTs and Candidates

Recently, PTCB adopted new Certification Appeal Procedures, which became effective February 17, 2012. It is important for all Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) and certification candidates to become familiar with this new policy, which became effective February 17, 2012. Revised and new policies can be found at

PTCB Certification Program Receives Renewal of NCCA Accreditation

PTCB is pleased to announce that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has granted re-accreditation to PTCB’s national pharmacy technician certification program for a five-year period. Renewal of accreditation was granted to PTCB for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. Learn more about NCCA Accreditation Standards.


Check out February's CPhT Spotlight, Lorrie Dovel, a CPhT at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

“What I find most rewarding about my career,” said Dovel, “is the daily impact I have on patient safety at the hospital. I am a strong advocate for the IV room and make it my duty to always notify the pharmacists when I notice a situation that may result in an error or compromise a patient’s wellbeing.”


Kansas Adopts Remote Pharmacy Technician Supervision Legislation

A recent article in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy News discusses the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy’s adoption of regulation allowing pharmacists to remotely supervise pharmacy technicians in health care facilities. The new regulations allow a Kansas-licensed pharmacist to electronically supervise one pharmacy technician or pharmacy student located in a licensed pharmacy at a medical facility in the state. Remotely supervised pharmacy technicians perform their normal duties, such as reviewing cart fills and filling automated dispensing cabinets, with the offsite pharmacist observing the procedures through the video link.

Attend the APhA 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition will take place in New Orleans, LA March 9–12, 2012. Join your colleagues and experience comprehensive programming and professional networking opportunities. The session MTM Successes: Impact of Technicians on Patient-Focused Initiatives will highlight how the expansion of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs presents an opportunity for CPhTs to manage  nonclinical functions, while improving overall pharmacy efficiency. And while you're there, don't forget to stop by PTCB's booth #940 in the exhibit hall and attend the C.R.E.S.T. Initiative Open Forum on March 11, 2012. The Forum will provide an opportunity for you to share feedback on proposed changes to the PTCB certification program.

Take the ISMP Hospitals Medication Storage, Shortages, and Waste Survey

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission require hospitals to store medications in accordance with manufacturers' instructions. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is conducting a nationwide survey to learn how requirements have affected hospitals' waste of medications and contributed to drug shortages. ISMP is asking hospital pharmacists and other health care practitioners to participate in this important survey. ISMP plans to share the aggregate results with professional organizations, drug manufacturers, the Joint Commission, and CMS. The survey closes March 2, 2012. Take the survey.

ASHP 2011 National Survey of Pharmacy Practice in Hospital Settings Findings

Results from two surveys on the role of pharmacy technicians in health-systems, Inpatient Care Practitioners Pharmacy Support Services Section Advisory Group Survey of Hospital Pharmacistsand ASHP’s 2011 National Survey of Pharmacy Practice in Hospital Settings, were presented at the 2011 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. According to a recent article in Pharmacy Practice News, study findings suggest that while 65.8% of pharmacy technicians working in hospitals are PTCB certified, compared with 58.4% in 2009, more work is needed to ensure pharmacy technicians are appropriately educated, trained, and certified to free pharmacists from drug distribution activities.

Create Your CPE Monitor E-Profile

The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credits in a central system. To prepare for the new process, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are encouraged to obtain their NABP e-Profile ID now to ensure their e-Profile is properly setup. Create your e-profile here