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CPhT Connection - April 2015

by Laura Humphrey | Apr 30, 2015

April 2015


Expanding Roles for CPhTs
Pharmacy technicians’ presence in the pharmacy has been growing steadily, a development that is well understood by PTCB's CEO and Executive Director Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. Read more.

If Your Certification Expires July 31, Apply Now To Recertify
If your certification expires on July 31, 2015, your 100-day recertification window is open, and you can apply now to renew your certification. To ensure adequate time for processing, apply by July 1. To get started, log into your PTCB account. Any CE hours you earn after January 1, 2015 must be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. One hour of your 20 CE hours must be in pharmacy law and 1 hour must be in patient safety (the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual’s topic designation 05). You may earn a maximum of 15 hours by completing a relevant college course with a grade of 'C' or better; and a maximum of 5 hours by completing in-service projects. Read more about changes in CE requirements on PTCB's Continuing Education web page and in the PTCB news article.

Celebrate CPhTs on Facebook and Twitter!
To celebrate PTCB’s twentieth anniversary, PTCB is giving away items monthly on social media! Followers
on Facebook (be sure to LIKE our page) and Twitter are invited to comment to enter a monthly drawing. To enter in May, use #CelebrateCPhT and post a response to the following: May is a time to celebrate Spring! What does your pharmacy do to celebrate the work of CPhTs? Use #CelebrateCPhT for a chance to win a surprise item from the PTCB store. First visit PTCB on Facebook and Twitter to participate.

Let Your Connections Know You Are PTCB Certified
Did you know that you can add your PTCB Certification to your LinkedIn profile? It's easy, free, and a great way to let your connections know about your status as an active PTCB CPhT. And if you're considering your next career move and want to be seen by more potential employers, LinkedIn reports that people who display certifications get more profile views. Take a minute and add your PTCB Certification to your profile today.


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PTCB does not recommend or endorse specific educational or CE courses or materials for pharmacy technicians; however, PTCB does share examples of CE resources for informational purposes only. Resources shared are in no way authored, supported, sponsored, owned, or endorsed by PTCB.

Free CE: Engaging the Community Pharmacy Team in Medicare Star Ratings (for technicians) Drug Store News offers a free CE on Engaging the Community Pharmacy Team in Medicare Star Ratings is designed to assist the community pharmacy technician in understanding the metrics of Medicare Star Ratings and the role the community team plays in having an impact on Star rating outcome measures.

Technician-Specific CEs Available By Subscription
Earn T-specific CE hours through The yearly fee of $60 provides access to more than 30 topics specifically for pharmacy technicians. Topics are available in multiple formats including on-demand activities, CE monographs, and podcasts. Live webinars are offered on new topics each month.


Pharmacy Times Launches Free E-Newsletter for Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy Times has launched a free e-newsletter for pharmacy technicians. For a complimentary subscription, go to the sign up page, and follow these steps:                   
1) Enter your name, e-mail address, and practice type.
2) Select the box that says “Pharmacy Times: Technician eNews”.
3) Click “Sign Up”.
That’s all. It’s free. Read the news.

Pharmacists’ Roles on the Healthcare Team Are Expanding
Results released from the Pharmacy Workforce Center’s 2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey indicate that pharmacists are performing more patient care activities in a variety of healthcare settings, and spending less time in the traditional dispensing role. The 2014 report also reveals that pharmacy has shifted toward a female-dominated profession, with more women than men serving as actively practicing pharmacists and in management positions. Read the full story.
National Safety Alert: Look-Alike Packaging for Neostigmine and Phenylephrine
A National Alert for Serious Medication Errors has been issued by ASHP and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), warning of potentially dangerous mix-ups between two relatively new presentations of older medications, neostigmine injection and phenylephrine injection. The products are manufactured by Eclat Pharmaceuticals as Bloxiverz (neostigmine) and Vazculep (phenylephrine). Bloxiverz is a chlolinesterase inhibitor indicated for the reversal of non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockade after surgery. Vazculep is a phenylephrine injection product approved for treatment of clinically important hypotension resulting primarily for vasodilation in the setting of anesthesia. Learn more.

Ever Experience Disrespectful Behavior By Others in the Pharmacy?
Disrespectful behavior chills communication and collaboration, undercuts individual contributions to care, undermines staff morale, increases staff resignations and absenteeism, creates an unhealthy work environment, and causes some to abandon their profession—all of which ultimately harm patients. Read more.

CPhT SPOTLIGHT                                         

Alex Faulkner, CPhT, an expert in ADC technology, manages more than 130 automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) dispensing 95% of doses at three hospitals and several ancillary sites. His specialty is finding ways to use ADCs to increase efficiency and advance patient safety. 




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