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CPhT Connection - August 2015

by Laura Humphrey | Aug 10, 2015
August 2015


Nominate a CPhT of the Year!
PTCB is accepting nominations for the 2015 PTCB CPhT of the Year. Nominations are due by Midnight, ET on Friday, August 7! The PTCB CPhT of the Year Program aims to honor achievement in leadership, innovation, and patient safety. Active CPhTs who have been PTCB Certified for at least 2 years are eligible to be nominated. Finalists will be selected by PTCB and featured in an online ballot. The honoree will be chosen through open online voting, and will receive a $1,000 honorarium and travel and accommodations to attend a special event in October 2015 in Washington, DC when he or she will be recognized! Anyone may nominate a CPhT, including a colleague, supervisor, teacher, or other person. However, self-nominations will not be accepted. Read more. Submit your nomination now. Review the Official Description and Official Rules. To keep up on the CPhT of the Year selection process, Like PTCB on Facebook, join the PTCB Group on LinkedIn, and follow PTCB on Twitter! Watch for updates at

PTCB Progress Report Presents Snapshot of Our Work To Advance Patient Care

PTCB's Annual Progress Report highlights a busy and exciting year of collaboration, outreach, and engagement. The report summarizes growth in PTCB's stakeholder programs, new and expanding roles for CPhTs, changes in PTCB's certification and recertification requirements, and other progress made in advancing our mission to develop, maintain, update, and administer a nationally accredited program that advances patient care and safety.
View the online report.

PTCB Certified for 20 Years? Receive Your Free 20-Year Commemorative Pin

PTCB is proud to be celebrating our 20th year, and would like to send a small gift to all CPhTs who have been actively PTCB certified for 20 years or more. If you became PTCB certified before January 1, 1996, and have maintained your PTCB certification, you can expect to receive a special commemorative 20-year pin this fall honoring 20 years of commitment to PTCB certification. In order to receive your pin, please complete a brief form for verification and mailing purposes. Complete your form now.

PTCB’s Sterile Compounding Advanced Certification Task Force Meets
The PTCB Sterile Compounding Advanced Certification Task Force convened for its introductory meeting on May 14 in Alexandria, VA. The task force began the initial phase of their work to develop an Advanced Certification Program for those interested in acquiring specialty certification in sterile compounding. During the meeting, the group discussed proposed eligibility requirements, assessment methods, maintenance requirements, and related topics.

Technicians Move Up the Ranks in Federal Pharmacy
Giving pharmacy technicians more responsibility has been a growing trend for some time. As pharmacists provide more clinical care, technicians are stepping in to handle some of the tasks that might not necessarily require a pharmacist’s skills. “Provider status for pharmacists is on the verge of becoming a reality, and pharmacists will increasingly turn over certain tasks to technicians as they become more committed to direct patient care,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, a retired US Air Force colonel and the 2011 recipient of APhA’s Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award. This trend has been on the rise in federal pharmacy. In the US Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, technicians have begun expanding into clinical roles. Read the full story.
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 enter the monthly drawing. To enter in August tell us what qualities or characteristics you think are most important in a CPhT, and use #CelebrateCPhT for a chance to win a free gift from the PTCB store. First visit PTCB on Facebook and Twitter to participate.


 Coming Up
•  August 6-8: PTCB will attend the NABP District 5 meeting in Fargo, ND.
•  August 15-18: PTCB will present at the NABP District 3 meeting in St. Augustine, FL.
•  August 22: PTCB will attend the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations Summer Meeting in Denver, CO.
•  August 22-25: PTCB will exhibit at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo in Denver, CO.
•  August 28-30: PTCB's Certification Council will meet in Washington, DC.
•  September 10-13: PTCB will exhibit at the MidAmerica Pharmacy Conference & Expo in Overland Park, KS.
•  September 25: PTCB will present and exhibit at the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Technician Conference in Brooklyn Center, MN.
•  September 28-October 3: PTCB will attend the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FIP) Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany.
•  October 10-14: PTCB will exhibit at the National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Convention in Washington, DC.
PTCB Was There
•  June 13-21: PTCB presented at the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians Virtual Convention.
•  June 24-28: PTCB exhibited at the Florida Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting and Convention in St. Augustine, FL.
•  June 26-28: PTCB exhibited at the Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Tucson, AZ.
•  June 28-July 1: PTCB exhibited at the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
•  July 9-11: PTCB presented at the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
•  July 10-12: PTCB attended the Texas Pharmacy Association Conference and Expo at The Woodlands, TX.
•  July 16-18: PTCB exhibited at the Louisiana Pharmacists Association Annual Convention and Trade Show in Lafayette, LA.
•  July 21-26: PTCB exhibited at the Cardinal Health RBC in Las Vegas, NV.
•  July 26-29: PTCB exhibited at the Virginia Pharmacists Association Annual Convention in Williamsburg, VA.
•  July 28-30: PTCB exhibited at the Florida Secondary School Annual Administrator Conference in Boca Raton, FL. 

YOU ASK. WE ANSWER: Payments By Check

Your Question: What do I need to know if I choose to pay by check?
PTCB's Answer: If you choose the 'Pay by Check' option, you may pay by check or money order. When you make your payment this way, please be sure you print out your order summary and include the hard copy in the envelope when you mail your payment. If your order summary is not included with your payment, your application will not be processed and your payment will be returned to you.


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.

Preparing for USP Chapter <800>: Protecting Practitioners and Patients from Hazardous Drugs
This CE provides an overview of the new proposed USP General Chapter <800> and explains its implications for current policies and procedures. Faculty members are nationally recognized experts in federal regulations, accreditation standards, and state activities aimed at protecting health care workers from exposure to hazardous drugs. Download the CE discussion guide on issues regarding health care worker safety in the handling of hazardous drugs. This CE activity is worth 1 CE credit hour and is available for CE credit through March 30, 2016. View more CE Updates, including free CEs.
Enroll in CPE Monitor
PTCB encourages all pharmacy technicians to sign up for the CPE Monitor, obtain your NABP e-Profile ID, and share your ID number with each of your CE providers. The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that allows pharmacists and technicians to track completed CPE credits in a central system. At this time, we do not require technicians to submit your CPE Monitor IDs to PTCB. All technicians are still required to manually enter their CE credits into their PTCB Account in order to recertify.

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.


NABP Passes Resolution on Pharmacy Technician Education
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy recently passed a resolution at their 111th annual meeting to collaborate and explore various forms of pharmacy technician education in support of the evolution of the profession of pharmacy and the evolving roles of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician. The resolution states that the expanding role of the pharmacist necessitates pharmacy technicians to perform expanded tasks to allow pharmacists more time to provide pharmacist care services. NABP resolved to collaborate with stakeholders to examine the various forms of pharmacy technician education in order to identify potential changes that would support the expanded pharmacy technician role. 

PTEC Passes Resolution Recognizing PTCB as National Standard
At the 2015 annual conference of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council, the membership moved to adopt position statements on pharmacy technician certification and membership in professional associations. The first statement recognizes a single national standard in pharmacy technician certification: the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by PTCB. "The PTCE is nationally recognized across the US as the premier professional entry and certification exam for pharmacy technicians," the statement says. The second statement encourages all pharmacy professionals and students to actively engage in pharmacy-specific professional associations that support professionalism and growth within the pharmacy profession. View the statements on the PTEC website

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. LinkedIn reports that people who display certifications receive more profile views. Take a minute and add your PTCB Certification to your profile today.

Pharmacy Times Offers Free E-Newsletter for Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy Times offers 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”.                     

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