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CPhT Connection - January February 2016

by Laura Humphrey | Jan 31, 2016


New Recertification Deadlines for Active CPhTs
This is a reminder that effective in January 2016, PTCB has implemented a new recertification schedule for all active PTCB CPhTs. All CPhTs are affected by the changes. Most active CPhTs have a new certification expiration date, while a small percentage are keeping the same expiration date. All are required to apply for recertification by the first day of their expiration month or they will be charged the late application fee of $25.

PTCB’s new recertification deadline schedule is designed to help facilitate application submission and processing, and reduce potential disruptions that could affect an individual’s employment or state registration.
View the deadline chart.
What you need to know about the new deadlines.
Click here to check your certification expiration date.

Miriam Mobley Smith, PharmD, Joins PTCB as Director of Strategic Alliances

PTCB is pleased to announce that Miriam Mobley Smith, PharmD, FASHP, joined the PTCB staff as Director of Strategic Alliances on February 1. She is responsible for managing public and private strategic alliances, building organizational relationships, serving as a PTCB spokesperson, and leading the organization in advancing the PTCB Program as the single national standard for pharmacy technician certification. Read more.

Number of Allowable CE Hours Earned Via College/University Courses Has Changed

This is a reminder that effective January 1, 2016, PTCB changed continuing education (CE) recertification requirements for CPhTs by reducing the allowable number of CE hours earned via college/university courses from 15 to 10. Beginning in 2016, a maximum of 10 of your 20 CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of 'C' or better. Read more.
Review all recent changes in your recertification requirements


Task Force Recommends Expanded Roles For Certified Pharmacy Technicians
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Task Force on the Regulation of Pharmacist Care Services recently recommended that NABP encourage state boards of pharmacy to expand the scope of activities that pharmacists may delegate to certified pharmacy technicians. As pharmacists begin to engage in functions beyond drug dispensing, the task force members agreed that state pharmacy boards should allow pharmacists to delegate more advanced functions, such as the documentation associated with pharmacist care services, accepting new and refill prescriptions by telephone, and tech-check-tech verification, provided the pharmacy technician is qualified as determined by the board. A board of pharmacy would still hold pharmacists ultimately responsible, the task force said, for overall pharmacy operations if pharmacy personnel are delegated functions they are ill equipped to handle. Read the full report.

AAPT Invites CPhTs To Participate in Journaling Project
The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) invites CPhTs to participate in AAPT's new Journaling Initiative. You can contribute to the pharmacy technician profession by letting your voice be heard. AAPT membership is not required and there is no cost to participate. Each month, participants will be asked a series of questions through an online survey. More information will be sent to each participant directly after registration is complete. To register for the survey, click here. Learn more on the AAPT website.

Sprouse Named Award Winner at Piedmont Technical College
Clay Sprouse, Pharmacy Technology Program Director at Piedmont Technical College, has been named the 2016 Piedmont Technical College Visionary of the Year for faculty and recognized as a 2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award recipient. Read more.

Pharmacy Technician Oversteps Boundaries
The expansion of pharmacist professional activities into clinical care roles has created opportunities for pharmacy technicians to perform non-clinical functions to support their supervising pharmacists. One such technician function is the clerical role of ordering pharmaceutical products. A recent case from Minnesota describes how a pharmacy technician overstepped her boundaries in ordering ‘free trial’ products, resulting in termination of the technician’s employment and her disqualification from unemployment benefits. Read more.

Illinios Law Requiring CE Will Take Effect in January 2017
A new law will take effect in Illinois on January 1, 2017 requiring registered certified pharmacy technicians to complete 20 hours of ACPE-approved CE during the 24 months prior to the expiration date of their certificate. One hour must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one hour must be in patient safety. Illinois technicians are encouraged to become familiar with the specifics of the new CE requirements, which may be somewhat different from PTCB's requirements.

NABP List of ‘Not Recommended’ Websites for Purchasing Medications Keeps Growing
The total number of websites classified as ‘Not Recommended’ by NABP has grown to 10,668 due to websites selling prescription medications out of compliance with state and federal laws and/or NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards. Read more


•  March 4-6: PTCB will attend the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations Spring Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
•  March 4-7: PTCB will exhibit at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
•  April 29-May 1: PTCB will attend the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Assembly in Saratoga Springs. 


Nicole Bernabe, CPhT, guides the opening of telepharmacies, from designing stores to ordering their vials.

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