PhTs are essential to pharmacy. Click here to join MPhA as a pharmacy technician. Also, look for our technician-specific articles in our quarterly journal, Mississippi Pharmacist. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions or ideas for future article topics.
The following are links to helpful technician resources:
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
- Jones County Junior College - the only ASHP nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician training program in the state of Mississippi
Teaching and resources for PTCB exam:
- Joe Medina
- Jeanetta Mastron Jeanetta’s PTCB Study Group at Yahoo Groups
- FREE exam tutorials covering all topics on the PTCB exam
- Top 200 Drugs for 2010
Other great resources specific to Pharmacy Technicians:
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 get more profile views. Take a minute and add your PTCB Certification to your profile today.
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.
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 PharmacyTechCE.org. 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.