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CPhT Connection - June 2016

by Laura Humphrey | Jun 29, 2016


PTCB’s 2015 Annual Progress Report Now Published
2015 was a milestone year for PTCB.
As we celebrated our 20-year anniversary, PTCB
remained steadfastly focused on the future.
Read about this significant year in PTCB’s 2015 Progress Report, just published!


Complete the PTCB Job Analysis Survey By July 4 - Earn 1 Free CE Hour
All active CPhTs were recently sent the PTCB Pharmacy Technician Job Analysis Survey. If you have completed your survey, thank you. If not, please complete it promptly and no later than the July 4 deadline. CPhTs certified with PTCB will be eligible to earn 1 CE hour by completing the survey according to instructions. (To add your CE hour to your account, follow the directions that appear when you complete your survey.) The survey results will be used to analyze the requirements of the occupation, develop content for the next update of PTCB's Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE), and inform other important job-related standards and requirements. Read more and complete your survey now.

Have a question? Visit PTCB’s New Help Center
PTCB has launched a new Help Center designed to help you quickly find answers to all your certification questions. The Help Center features a searchable homepage where you can browse topics, view commonly-asked questions and their answers, and get the information you need instantly. If you don’t find your answer, you can submit a question of your own to our customer service team. PTCB is committed to improving our website to serve you. Our new Help Center is part of PTCB’s continued effort to give you all the information you need when you need it, at any time of day or night. Explore the Help Center now

Coming Soon! Call for Nominations for 2016 CPhT of the Year
PTCB will soon announce the call for nominations for the 2016 PTCB CPhT of the Year!  Be sure to Like PTCB on Facebook, stay connected on Twitter and Instagram, and follow PTCB's Group and PTCB's Company Page on LinkedIn. Also watch for news about the nomination period that will begin in mid-July. The 2016 honoree will receive an honorarium and special opportunities to be recognized for leadership, innovation, and excellence in patient safety. Read more.
REMINDER: Recertify On Time! 
If your certification expires on July 31, your Application Deadline is Friday, July 1. Be sure to complete your CE and apply by Midnight ET on July 1 to avoid a $25 Late Fee, in addition to the standard $40 recertification fee. If your expiration date is August 31, you will be able to submit your application beginning on July 2 when your Application Window opens; be sure to apply by August 1 to avoid a late fee. To view your account, log in now.

Two Certified Pharmacy Technicians Lost Lives in Orlando Massacre
Amanda Alvear and Stanley Almodovar II, both PTCB CPhTs, were among those who tragically lost their lives in the nightclub massacre in Orlando on June 12. In an interview with Pharmacy Times, PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, expressed condolences on behalf of PTCB to their families, friends, and coworkers. 

PTCB Opening New Test Centers To Respond to New Requirements in Nebraska
Eleven new Pearson VUE test center locations are now offering the PTCE across Nebraska. A new 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. Technicians in Nebraska who wish to become PTCB-certified may choose where to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) from the expanding list of locations found on the Pearson website.   


Pharmacy Technicians Working in Washington, DC Must Register by November 20
According to information from the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), every individual who is a pharmacy technician or a pharmacy technician trainee in DC must be registered with the DC DOH by November 20, 2016. For information, view the Pharmacy Technician Registration Application Package available on the DC Board of Pharmacy website .  

Congratulations to PTCB CPhT Cheryl Blegin
Recently, Cheryl Blegin, CPhT, was her employer's recipient of the Steve Schulz Visionary Award for her connection to the community and involvement with local law enforcement. Congratulations to Cheryl!
CPhTs in Sterile Compounding in the News
A recent article in Pharmacy Today illustrates the importance of the work of CPhTs engaged in sterile compounding. Read the full story.

APhA Recognizes 2016 Immunization Champion Kathie Smith, CPhT
Kudos to Kathie Smith for encouraging her patients to keep up on their vaccinations, and to get them done while they're still on commercial insurance. Practicing at the same CVS Pharmacy in Godfrey, IL, for 35 years, Kathie Smith, CPhT, has known some patients for more than half their lives. When they get sick, it’s "personal" for her. Read her story under ‘Pharmacy Team Member’


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: Reducing the Risk of Opioid Overdose
Pharmacy personnel can use several harm reduction tools to enhance opioid medication safety for patients, as well as for their families and friends. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can earn up to 2 hours of CE credit for completing this knowledge-based activity from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and Drug Topics. Read more.

CE Source: Pharmacy Tech Topics™
Established in 1996, Pharmacy Tech Topics™ meets certified pharmacy technicians’ recertification needs in a variety of ways with paper or online modules, custom subscriptions, and more. Developed for and reviewed by CPhTs, Pharmacy Tech Topics™ is authored by topic experts. Pharmacy Tech Topics™ accredits at least 1 hour of pharmacy law and 1 hour of patient safety CE credit in alternating years. Learn more.


Come Talk to Us
PTCB wants to hear from you! PTCB is working with CPhTs, educators, employers, boards of pharmacy, and state/national organizations as we approach the implementation date for the 2020 Initiative when PTCB’s initial certification requirements will change. Beginning in 2020, pharmacy technicians applying to become certified will be required to complete an education program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE) prior to sitting for the exam. PTCB announced the changes in February 2013. As we continue to gather feedback from technicians and stakeholders across the country during our time on the road, please stop by our exhibit location to share your comments.

Coming Up  
July 7-9: PTCB will exhibit and present at the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians Convention in Omaha, NE.
July 9-12: PTCB will exhibit at the American School Counselor Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.
July 14-16: PTCB will exhibit at the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council Conference in Charlotte, NC.
July 15-16: PTCB will exhibit at the Nebraska Pharmacists Association Annual Convention in Lincoln, NE.
July 15-17: PTCB will exhibit at the Texas Pharmacists Association Conference and Expo in Austin, TX.
July 20 - 23: PTCB will exhibit at Cardinal RBC in Chicago, IL.
July 28 - 31: PTCB will exhibit at the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association Meeting in Grapevine, TX.
July 29 - Aug 1: PTCB will exhibit at the National Pharmaceutical Association in Atlanta, GA.
August 4 - 7: PTCB will attend the NABP District 5 Meeting in Lincoln, NE.
August 6: PTCB will attend the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations Summer Meeting in Boston, MA.
August 6 - 9: PTCB will attend the NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston, MA.
August 14 - 17: PTCB will attend the NABP District 3 Meeting in Point Clear, AL.
August 25 - 27: PTCB will attend the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
September 9 - 11: PTCB will attend the Maine Pharmacy Association Meeting in Banghor, ME.
September 11 - 14: PTCB will attend the NABP Districts 6, 7, & 8 Meeting in Portland, OR.
September 15 - 17: PTCB will attend the NABP Districts 1 & 2 Meeting in White Sulfur Springs, WV.
September 18 - 19: PTCB will attend the South Dakota Pharmacists Association Meeting in Brookings, SD.
September 22 - 23: PTCB will attend the New England Pharmacy Convention in Ledyard, CT.
PTCB Was There
April 29-May 1: PTCB attended the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Assembly in Saratoga Springs, NY.
May 14-17: PTCB exhibited and presented at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
May 25-26: PTCB exhibited at the Louisiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
June 11-12: PTCB attended the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Summer Meeting and Exposition in Baltimore, MD.
June 16-19: PTCB exhibited at the Georgia Pharmacy Convention in Hilton Head, SC.
June 18-22: PTCB exhibited at the Mississippi Pharmacists Annual Convention and Trade Show in Sandestin, FL.
June 23-25: PTCB exhibited at the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York Convention in Rye Brook, NY.
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