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CPhT Connection - October 2014

by Laura Humphrey | Nov 03, 2014

October 28, 2014


PTCB Names Hannah Peabody the 2014 CPhT of the Year
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) today announces that Hannah Peabody, CPhT, of East Syracuse, NY, has been selected as the 2014 PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) of the Year©. Ms. Peabody is the Certified Pharmacy Technician at The Patient Rx Center of Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York (HOACNY), a private practice with more than 40 providers seeing 4,500 patients annually. She has helped secure more than $1,300,000 in financial support to assist patients filling their prescriptions at HOACNY’s center. Read the full story.

Executive Message: National Pharmacy Technician Day
National Pharmacy Technician Day is today! PTCB congratulates you on your accomplishments. As a PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician, you perform duties essential to the practice of pharmacy every day, all year long. Qualified PTCB CPhTs like you are continually supporting pharmacists across all practice settings. Today highlights the important role you play in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. Read the message

Photo Gallery Features CPhTs and Pharmacists Across the Nation
In honor of National Pharmacy Technician Day on October 28, PTCB has created a gallery of photos to share. To submit your photo, type ‘PHOTO for National Pharmacy Technician Day’ in your email subject line, attach your photo, type your caption in the body of your email, and send it to In your caption, please tell us the name of your pharmacy, and its city and state location. Please send your photo by October 31.
View the gallery of photos from CPhTs across the nation.

Register Today for PTCB's CPhT of the Year Event at ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition
Pharmacy technicians attending the 2014 American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition are invited to a PTCB reception to honor the 2014 CPhT of the Year on December 9 from 5:30 - 7 PM at the Anaheim Marriott. Please join us! Register early. If you have questions, send us an email at and write 'RECEPTION for CPhT OF THE YEAR 2014' on the subject line. The event is free to pharmacy technicians registered for ASHP Midyear. Register for the reception online.

Recertification Reminder
If you are due to recertify before November 30, PTCB asks you to apply by October 31, your 'renew-by' date, to allow time for processing. To apply now, click LOGIN at and get started by logging into your account.

Coming Up

  • October 30-November 1: PTCB will attend and exhibit at the California Pharmacy Technician Association/California Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
  • November 5-7: PTCB will attend the NABP District 4 meeting in Cleveland, OH.
  • November 4-7: PTCB will attend the American Society of Pharmacy Law convention in Indian Wells, CA.
  • November 11-14: PTCB will attend the ICE Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.
  • December 7-12: PTCB will attend and exhibit at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Anaheim, CA.
  • December 9: PTCB will host the CPhT of the Year 2014 recognition event at ASHP Midyear in Anaheim, CA. All CPhTs registered for ASHP Midyear are invited.

PTCB on the Road

  • September 18-21: PTCB exhibited at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association annual conference in Mars, PA.
  • September 21: PTCB attended the NABP District 7 meeting in Whitefish, MT.
  • October 18-22: PTCB exhibited at the National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Convention in Austin, TX.
  • October 19-22: PTCB exhibited and moderated a CE session on medication safety at the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar in Washington, DC

Medication Safety: What Have We Learned?
PTCB recently moderated a CE session at the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar on October 21 entitled 'Medication Safety, What Have We Learned?'. The program explored how medication errors and adverse drug events can result in serious harm, compromise patient confidence in the health-care system, and increase health-care costs. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s October 2012 Patient Safety Network's Patient Safety Primer, adverse drug events (ADEs) account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year. ADEs affect nearly 5% of hospitalized patients, making them one of the most common types of inpatient events. Ambulatory patients may experience ADEs at even higher rates.


T-Specific CE: Immunization Update for Pharmacy Technicians
The pharmacy technician is essential to any successful immunization program. During interactions with patients on the phone, in over-the-counter aisles, and at the drop-off and pick-up windows of the pharmacy, technicians have many opportunities to discuss health care and vaccines. As more and more of pharmacists’ time is spent providing medication therapy management services, pharmacy technicians are assuming new roles in the pharmacy. Technicians may raise awareness about the importance of a yearly influenza vaccine, or about reasons to receive a tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine, or Tdap. This 1-hour CE is T-specific and offered by Drug Store News. It will expire on August 5, 2017. If you are a paid enrollee, there is no cost to participate in this activity. The fee for participants who are not enrolled is $4.95. To access and submit a test online, you must be logged in with an enrollment number and password.
Learn more about Drug Store News CE and create your account online.

Free CE: Cough, Cold, and Flu

Patients and caregivers frequently seek the pharmacist’s advice for treating symptoms associated with cough, cold and flu, as well as preventing their spread. Pharmacy technicians direct patients to the pharmacist to have specific questions answered related to cough, cold, and flu and assist the patient in locating and purchasing products recommended by the pharmacist. Take this free CE course.

View more CE Updates from PTCB.



Wendy Newbold, CPhT says her PTCB certification
is important to her employer, Doctors' Hospital
in Nassau, Bahamas.

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