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CPhT Connection - February 2014

by Laura Humphrey | Mar 05, 2014


Map Illustrates PTCB CPhTs By State
Check out PTCB’s latest map showing state totals of active PTCB-certified CPhTs at the end of 2013.

Update on Mandatory Background Checks
PTCB continues to study implementation options for requiring all candidates for certification to undergo mandatory criminal background checks. The implementation date is still to be determined. Once a plan is in place, PTCB will provide ample notice of the new policies and procedures to our stakeholders. PTCB requires candidates to fully disclose all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions. This requirement is described at PTCB's website and in PTCB’s Candidate Guidebook on page 10.

About Sponsorship
Pharmacy technicians often ask us, “Will my school pay my fee to take the PTCE?” Yes, educators have the ability to sponsor candidates and pay for their certifications through the PTCB Educator Program. If you know pharmacy technicians who want to find out about sponsorship, urge them to check with their educators or schools for more information. Also, encourage educators to join PTCB's Educator Program if they have not already done so. There is no fee to join.

Due To Recertify By March 31? Apply Now
If you have a March 31 expiration date, PTCB asks you to submit your recertification application now to allow adequate time for processing. To get started, log in to PTCB's website using the username and password we sent you by email. For assistance with your application, refer to PTCB's Video Recertification User Guide or Recertification User Guide. PTCB looks forward to processing your application.

PTCB on the Road
PTCB made a presentation at the Michigan Pharmacists Association Convention & Exposition in Detroit, February 28-March 2, and recently exhibited at the Midwest Pharmacy Expo, February 7-9 in Altoona, IA.

Coming Up


Stephanie Rice-Erlenbusch, CPhT

rom monitoring safety to troubleshooting insurance glitches,
Stephanie Rice-Erlenbusch, CPhT, goes to great lengths to provide individual attention and excellent care to every patient in her pharmacy.






Nominate Someone for a CPhT Spotlight

Do you or does someone you know demonstrate excellence as a pharmacy technician? PTCB regularly highlights one selected CPhT whose dedication to patient safety and embodiment of innovation make him or her an example for others. Please contact PTCB at to nominate yourself or another PTCB CPhT for a CPhT Spotlight. We look forward to telling your story!


Get Ready for Drug Take-Back Day on April 26
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will offer another opportunity for consumers to dispose of unneeded and expired prescription drugs during the eighth DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26. On this day thousands of collection sites will be available across the country to accept unneeded prescription drugs, including controlled substances, for safe and legal disposal. 

Prescription Abuse Warnings for Your Patients
Share this with your patients: Prescription pain relievers, when used correctly and under a doctor's supervision, are safe and effective. But abusing them, or mixing them with illegal drugs or alcohol, can result in death. Even using prescription pain relievers with other prescription drugs (such as antidepressants) or over-the-counter medications (like cough syrups and antihistamines), can lead to life-threatening respiratory failure. Your patients can learn more about the dangers of mixing or abusing prescriptions at:

FDA Issues Safety Alert on Acetaminophen
FDA has issued a safety alert recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. There are no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for liver injury. Further, limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from inadvertent acetaminophen overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.  


Register Today for APhA’s Annual Meeting:
Special One-Day Registration for Pharmacy Technicians
The American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, March 28-31 in Orlando, offers a special one-day $99 registration for pharmacy technicians for Sunday, March 30! By taking advantage of this offer, you will gain access to the highest concentration of CEs in one day, including: 
   Sunday CE Highlights
         1. Getting off the Sidelines and Becoming a Leader
         2. Improving Patient Outcomes; Improving Transitions of Care (PTCB-supported)
         3. Fostering Professionalism from Day One
         4. Adapting Your Compounding Practice to the Current Regulatory Environment
         5. Strategies to Prevent Errors Using Electronic Health Records (PTCB-supported)
         6. What Does the Promise of Provider Status Mean to You?
   Other CE Highlights
         Friday, March 28: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Provider Status 
         Monday, March 31: Disparities in Cancer Care (PTCB-supported); and an OSHA training course  

Register today! Early bird registration has been extended through March 7. For Sunday-only registration, please use promotion code CPHT14. To view all the sessions, visit the conference site search page.

Your registration includes full access to the exhibit hall. Plan to stop by PTCB's exhibit booth. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando! Read more about the offer.
CE Subscription Service Available
The CE subscription service,, offers CE topics and formats related to both community and health-system settings. Multiple formats are available 24 hours a day. Each subscription offers 12 months of T-designated CE, with new topics added throughout the year.

When is Your 10- or 15-year Anniversary?
Be sure to commemorate your 10- or 15-year anniversary of becoming a PTCB CPhT by wearing your own PTCB anniversary pin. We are proud to offer unique ways to showcase your accomplishment. Choose from either a silver-tone pin with a polished "10" or a gold-tone pin with a polished "15". These special commemorative pins are available exclusively through the PTCB store and are priced at $3.95 each.

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