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CPhT Connection - March 2016

by Laura Humphrey | Mar 31, 2016


REMINDER: New Deadlines - Apply On Time To Recertify
If your certification expires on March 31, you may apply to recertify up until Midnight ET on March 31 to keep your certification active. Note that PTCB charges a $25 Late Application Fee in addition to the standard $40 recertification fee for March renewal applications not submitted by March 1 (March Application Deadline). If your certification expires on April 30, be sure to complete your required CE and apply to recertify by April 1, your Application Deadline, to avoid the $25 late fee. Read more.

How Many PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians Are in Your State?
PTCB’s newest state-by-state map shows the number of CPhTs in each state at the end of 2015. The map also shows which states regulate pharmacy technicians and which include national certification in their regulations. Pharmacy technicians who wish to know specific requirements for technicians in their state should refer to their State Board of Pharmacy web pagesView or download the map.

Pharmacy Technician Education Accreditation Standards Updated
By 2020, PTCB will require technician candidates seeking initial certification to successfully complete an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited education program. Pharmacy Today recently highlighted updates made in January by ASHP/ACPE to expand flexibility in training programs to meet the requirements of different experiential practice settings and compounding activities. ASHP/ACPE adopted the updates as recommended by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission, changing the requirement that student technician experiential activities be performed in at least two different types of contemporary pharmacy experiences from “must” to “should.” Another change allows accredited programs to determine whether they wish to use hands-on training in sterile, nonsterile, or both sterile and nonsterile simulated training experiences. “Our 2020 requirement supports and advances improved patient care and safety across all practice settings,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. Read the full story.

You Ask. We Answer.
Your Question: Why was I charged a $25 late fee in addition to the standard $40 renewal fee when I submitted my recertification application?
PTCB’s Answer: Beginning with the March 2016 recertification expiration date, PTCB has added nine additional recertification deadlines for a total of 12 per year. PTCB has implemented a new Application Deadline. Renewing CPhTs must complete their CE hours and submit their recertification application by their Application Deadline or pay a $25 Late Application Fee in addition to the regular recertification fee of $40. In addition, the Recertification Window has been reduced from 100 days to 60 days. Steps to recertify ha​ve remained the same: 20 CE hours are required, including one hour of pharmacy law and one hour of patient safety. All CEs must be technician-specific. Read more.


April 30 is Drug Take-Back Day
The next Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Drug Take-Back Day will be held April 30. This is a day to encourage safe, convenient, and responsible disposal of prescription drugs, and help educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Check the DEA web page beginning on April 1 to find the most convenient local collection sites near you.

Telepharmacy Bill Progresses in Iowa
The Iowa House has passed a bill that would make it easier for rural towns to set up telepharmacies. Customers of a telepharmacy can interact by video with pharmacists working elsewhere in the state while an on-site pharmacy technician can fill prescriptions and interact with customers face-to-face. The House amended the Senate-approved bill to ensure that a telepharmacy couldn't be set up within 10 miles of an existing pharmacy. Read more.

PTCB Seeks Information About Advanced Training Programs for Experienced Technicians 
PTCB is interested in collecting information about advanced education opportunities for pharmacy technicians. One example of such a program is the recently launched PharmTechX Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, a practice-based certificate training program designed to prepare experienced technicians for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles. Currently pending approval by ACPE, the certificate program (not a certification) is a collaboration between the school and the University of Maryland Medical System, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and MedStar Health. If you know of other advanced educational offerings for technicians, PTCB invites you to share your information with us. Please email us at

Nebraska To Require Certification for Technicians Employed in Certain Facilities 
A Nebraska law requires individuals hired as pharmacy technicians by a pharmacy facility licensed under the Health Care Facility Licensure Act to be registered with the Pharmacy Technician Registry prior to working as a pharmacy technician. Beginning January 1, 2017, a pharmacy technician will need to be certified by a state or national certifying body approved by the Nebraska State Board of Pharmacy in order to be employed as a pharmacy technician in such a facility in the state. Pharmacy technicians in Nebraska who wish to become PTCB-Certified can take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) at Pearson test centers in Nebraska and surrounding areas, including North Platte, Omaha, and Lincoln, NE, or Hay, KS, Sioux City, IA, Sioux Falls, SD, and others. Locations can be found at ‘Find a Test Center’ on the Pearson website. 


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: Mobile Health and Pharmacy Practice for Technicians
Mobile health has become increasingly accessible to pharmacists, providers, and patients as a means to gather and organize health data. This health data is critical to optimal health decision-making and can be organized into motivational tools and games for patients. In this CE module, trends in mHealth applications and other available Health Information Technologies are presented. Read more.

Counseling in the Community Pharmacy
The community pharmacy is at the center of patient care delivery. From routine patient requests for OTC recommendations to comprehensive medication reviews and opportunities to impact patient behavior change, all members of the pharmacy team must be well prepared to efficiently communicate with patients. This CE program offers technicians an opportunity to explore effective patient counseling and behavior change skills to positively impact patient care. The fee for this CE is $4.95. Read more.


April 14-16: PTCB will exhibit at the Utah Pharmacy Association Convention in St. George, UT.
April 19-22: PTCB will attend the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. 
April 23-24: PTCB will exhibit at the Hawaii Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI.
April 22-24: PTCB will exhibit at the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Seminar in Frisco, TX.
April 29-May 1: PTCB will attend the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Assembly in Saratoga Springs, NY.


March 4-6: PTCB attended the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations Spring Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
March 4-7: PTCB exhibited at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

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