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CPhT Connection - May June 2014

by Laura Humphrey | Jun 13, 2014


Texas State Board of Pharmacy Awards Contract to PTCB
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) has awarded a contract designating PTCB as the only TSBP-recognized certifying body for pharmacy technicians in the state. The contract requires pharmacy technicians in Texas to first meet PTCB’s initial certification requirements, including passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), before applying for state registration. The agreement will take effect in September and replace a previous contract with PTCB due to expire.

You Ask, We Answer
Your Question: "I am entering my CE hours online to recertify, but the total is wrong. Why?"
PTCB's Answer: If your CE hours do not seem to add up in your application to recertify, you may have selected incorrect 'types' for your CEs. Under 'CE Program Details' there are three CE types in the menu to choose from:

1) Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences: The vast majority of CE hours are this type. Choose it for online CE courses and activities, recorded presentations, or webinars, as well as live conferences, seminars, workshops, or other educational programs that contain primarily pharmacy-related subject matter. This is also the type for home study courses.

2) College Credit: Choose 'College Credit' for CE hours you have earned at a college or university.

3) In-Service: If your CE hours are related to your job functions and fit the definition of 'In-Service', please choose the 'In-Service' type.

NOTE: CPhTs may apply a maximum of ten (10) CE hours for certain In-Service projects or training earned at the CPhT’s workplace under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. CPhTs may apply a maximum of 15 hours for college credit. These 10- and 15-hour limits may be the reason CE hours sometimes do not seem to add up.

PTCB Adds New Patient Safety CE Requirement for Recertification
Effective in April, CPhTs eligible to recertify are required to complete one hour of CE in
patient safety. 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 CE must be based on ACPE's topic 05 definition, PTCB will not require the hours to be earned only from ACPE-accredited providers. All CPhTs applying to renew certification must fulfill this requirement. Read the full story. Visit PTCB's website for examples of CEs.

Apply Now for July Recertification
If your certification expires on July 31, PTCB asks you to apply early to recertify. To get started, please log into your account using the username and password PTCB emailed to you. To ensure adequate time for processing, PTCB encourages you to apply on or before your renew-by date of July 1.

PTCB on the Road
PTCB recently exhibited at the California Pharmacists  Association's West Coast Pharmacy Exchange from April 24-26 and attended the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Phoenix from May 17-20.

Coming Up


Free CE in Patient Safety: Technicians Helping Root Out Errors in the Pharmacy
A pharmacy technician can serve an important role in patient safety by working with the pharmacist and pharmacy team to help identify and prevent errors. Every community pharmacy needs to find a way to control risk and thereby prevent, identify, and mitigate harm from errors. This online CE activity will help you find effective strategies to analyse information, take action to improve the system, and prevent harm to patients. This CE activity is worth 2 hours and will expire on June 15, 2015.

In Addition To Entering CE Hours into Your PTCB Account, Please Register for CPE Monitor
PTCB requires CPhTs to manually enter CE hours into your online PTCB Account in order to recertify. In addition, PTCB encourages all CPhTs to register for the CPE Monitor 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 pharmacy continuing education (CPE) credits in a central system. ACPE requires all CPE credits to be processed and claimed no later than 60 days from the date of the live activity or completion of an on-demand activity.


New Online Community for Pharmacy Technicians
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has launched a new online resource for pharmacy technicians.

Reminder: Don't Dispense Products With More Than 325 Mg Acetaminophen
FDA is reminding health care professionals to stop prescribing, and pharmacists to stop dispensing, prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. If a pharmacist receives a prescription for a combination product with more than 325 mg per dosage unit, FDA recommends they contact the prescriber to discuss a product with a lower dose of acetaminophen. These products were voluntarily withdrawn by the manufacturers at FDA’s request to protect consumers from the risk of severe liver damage, which can result from taking too much acetaminophen. Read the full story.


Heather Krehl, CPhT  


Check out the newest CPhT
Spotlight on Heather Krehl, CPhT
, an educator with a passion for sharing
knowledge and exchanging ideas with her students.






Nominate Yourself or Someone for CPhT Spotlight!
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!

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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