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CPhT Connection - June 2012

by Megan Coder | Jun 01, 2012


Urgent! All CPhTs Must Update MyPTCB Account

PTCB relies on up-to-date contact information for each of our Certified Pharmacy Technicians (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 A link will then be emailed to you with instructions on how to reset your password. We appreciate your cooperation!

Certification Number: 
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PTCB Announces Updated Exam to Launch in 2013

PTCB recently announced that the updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) will launch in mid-2013. The new exam will be based on the PTCE Blueprint released earlier this month and includes the reorganization of current PTCE content into nine knowledge areas, including Pharmacology for Technicians; Pharmacy Law and Regulations; Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding; Medication Safety; Pharmacy Quality Assurance; Medication Order Entry and Fill Process; Pharmacy Inventory Management; Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement; and Pharmacy Information Systems Usage and Application. 

The most noticeable change in the new blueprint is the way content is organized. The new blueprint organizes content into nine knowledge domains, called “knowledge areas” each with a number of sub-domains. This organization gives the new blueprint a knowledge focus, and conveys more information about the type and amount of content in the exam. As an aid to those familiar with the current blueprint, PTCB is providing a crosswalk to identify where knowledge listed under the current blueprint will be organized within the new blueprint.

Join PTCB's Social Media Community, Over 30,000 Strong!
Right now over 30,000 pharmacy technicians and advocates of patient safety are connected through PTCB’s social media pages on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter. Within this community, individuals are networking to find employment opportunities; discuss the value of certification; and share challenges and successes within the workplace.

Encourage Your Employer to Join the Employer Partnership Program
What do Academy Pharmacy Technology; Baltimore Washington Medical Center; East Alabama Medical Center; Georgetown Hospital System; Mercy Health System Retail Pharmacies; Staff USA, Inc.; and Willamette Valley Medical Center have in common? These are just a few of the over 250 pharmacies that have joined the Employer Partnership Program! By becoming an Advocate Partner, employers receive a variety of complimentary benefits and resources to help encourage pharmacy technicians to participate in the PTCB certification program, including free individual verifications of pharmacy technician certification status, monthly newsletters, company recognition on PTCB’s website, and discounts on the Official PTCB Practice Exam™. Enrollment is easy. Encourage your employer to become an Advocate Partner today by completing an application.

Important Updated PTCB Policies for CPhTs and Candidates
The PTCB Certification Council and Board of Governors recently adopted an updated PTCB Privacy Policy and Social Media Policy for all CPhTs and certification candidates. PTCB strives to maintain comprehensive and fair certification policies. Questions regarding this notice or the new policies should be directed to PTCB at, or by calling (800) 363-8012.

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.

Purchase a 15 Year CPhT Anniversary Pin
Purchase a 15 Year CPhT Anniversary Pin


Check out the June CPhT Spotlight, Isabell Pacheco, Pharmacy Inventory Manager at Harris County Hospital District in Houston, TX.

“I became PTCB certified in July 1997,” said Pacheco. “My state didn’t require certification at the time, but only one year into my tenure, the state made it a requirement. I studied long and hard, took the exam, and passed! PTCB certification made me more confident in my position as a pharmacy technician and helped me realize that the opportunities in the field were limitless. I then went on to earn my Bachelors of Science in Business Management in 2007 and Masters of Business Administration in 2009.”

Nominate a CPhT Spotlight!

Do you or does someone you work with continually demonstrate 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 makes them an example for others. If you or someone you know exemplifies these characteristics, please contact PTCB for information on being featured as a future CPhT Spotlight!


Track Your CE! Create Your CPE Monitor E-Profile Now!

Create Your CPE Monitor E-Profile now! 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 Education (CE) 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.

Report a Drug Shortage to ASHP

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) depends on pharmacy team members involved in managing drug product inventories to report their experiences with drug shortages. Individuals may submit a report and provide ASHP with information to assist in making decisions, setting priorities, and planning and implementing actions to address drug shortages across the country. Information will be shared with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Shortages Program and the Drug Information Service of the University of Utah.

Ask Your Legislator to Support the Prescription Drug User Fee Act 

Congress will soon consider the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). This legislation contains several ASHP supported provisions, including a requirement that drug manufacturers notify the FDA when they experience a production interruption or discontinue making a drug. As a member of the pharmacy community, your input has tremendous influence on legislators. Reauthorization of PDUFA will help decrease the number of drug shortages that continue to affect patient care. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help raise your legislators' awareness about this critical legislation. Please visit the ASHP's Drug Shortages Resource Center for a sample email to send to your legislators.

Federal Pharmacy Technicians, Don’t Miss WW12!

Join over 2,500 attendees, with over 50% representing Department of Defense (DoD) (military, civilian and contract personnel), for the DoD Worldwide Education Symposium and Expo 2012 (WW12) July 23–27, 2012 at the MGM Grand and the Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s event will provide career opportunities and stimulating creative thought about current educational issues while fostering joint service partnerships to meet changing needs and declining resources within the federal system.

AAPT 30th Anniversary Annual Convention 

The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) invites you to attend the 2012 AAPT Annual National Convention, July 26–28, 2012 in Memphis, TN. Attendees can earn up to 15 hours of CE, while networking with other pharmacy technicians in the field.

Pharmacy Technicians to go Global at FIP Centennial Congress

Recognizing the valuable role of pharmacy technicians in the health care team, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is proud to host a special symposium for pharmacy technicians across the globe. The Symposium for Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Support Workforce will take place October 3–4, 2012 during the FIP Centennial Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Megan Coder, PTCB Director of Professional Affairs, will be presenting. The session will describe the role of pharmacy technicians across the world and how national legislation, educational content, and the organization of pharmacies and the health care system help and hinder their role. Learn more about the FIP Symposium for Pharmacy Technicians.