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CPhT Connection - March April 2014

by Laura Humphrey | Apr 24, 2014


PTCB Adds New Patient Safety CE Requirement for Recertification
PTCB has announced that effective April 21, 2014, CPhTs eligible to recertify are required to complete one hour of continuing education (CE) in patient safety. The new requirement is one of PTCB's planned certification program changes to advance CPhT qualifications. PTCB has adopted the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) definition of patient safety CE (topic 05) described in the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual. While PTCB-acceptable patient safety continuing education must be based on ACPE's topic 05 designation, PTCB will not require the hours to be earned only from ACPE-accredited providers. All CPhTs applying to renew certification must fulfill this new requirement. Read the full story.
PTCB is Accepting July Recertification Applications Beginning on April 23
If your certification expires on July 31, 2014, you can apply to renew your certification beginning when your 100-day recertification window opens on April 23. To ensure adequate time for processing, PTCB encourages you to apply on or before your renew-by date of July 1. PTCB now requires you to complete one hour of patient safety CE as part of your total CE hours needed to recertify. To get started, visit the home page at and click LOGIN. Once you log into your PTCB Account, you will be prompted to update your account information. For help with your application, refer to PTCB's Recertification User Guide or Video Recertification User Guide. Both explain the application process step by step, and answer frequently-asked questions about entering CEs, submitting the online application, and making payments. 

PTCB on the Road
From participating in state pharmacy association meetings and exhibiting at conferences to engaging in dialogue with our stakeholders, PTCB is working to advance patient care and national certification. We are pleased to have opportunities to interact with CPhTs and exchange information and ideas with employers and educators at events across the country. PTCB recently exhibited at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, March 28-31, and at the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Seminar in Houston, April 11-13.

Coming Up


Free Law CE: FDA Pharmaceutical Labeling Requirements - Promoting Safe Use of "Approved as Safe" Yet Risky Drugs
This free program from Power-Pak CE defines product labeling for prescription medications and aims to provide a better understanding of the laws that govern product labeling, including a discussion about safe pharmacy practices. Take this course and earn 2 hours of law (03) CE.

Register for CPE Monitor To Track Your CEs
PTCB encourages all CPhTs to register for the CPE Monitor as soon as possible, and obtain your NABP e-Profile ID. The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits in a central system.


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.

Educational Resource for Pharmacy Technicians
PTCB does not recommend, endorse, or review specific educational materials for pharmacy technicians, however, PTCB does share examples of resources for informational purposes. Resources shared below are in no way authored or sponsored by PTCB. An example of a new resource in the marketplace is the 3rd Edition of the Complete Review for the Pharmacy Technician: "This resource provides baseline knowledge for new community and health-system pharmacy technicians, an overview of concepts for students entering technician education programs, and review of practice-based issues for experienced technicians. The text covers information on the knowledge areas in the new Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). Based on the most recent PTCE content outline, the chapters span subject areas covered on the exam."


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We Want to Hear From You! 

PTCB is accepting nominations for CPhT Spotlights. Do you, or does someone you know, demonstrate excellence as a pharmacy technician? We regularly highlight one 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 Spotlight. We look forward to telling your story!

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Celebrate a 10 or 15 Year Anniversary
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.

Visit PTCB’s online store to celebrate your years of service by ordering your 10 or 15 year anniversary pin, as well as your CPhT lapel pin, travel mug, water bottle, and more.

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