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National Pharmacy Technician Day Celebrated with Focus on Quality -- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Touts Importance of Certified Technicians
Date:10/21/2008

by the NABP showed that the PTCE earned high marks for reliability and validity of the testing process - no other certification program has been evaluated by NABP.

Consumers across the country have expressed overwhelming support for pharmacy technician certification. Last year, a survey sponsored by PTCB showed that 91% of American consumers support strong regulations across the country to protect patient safety by requiring that pharmacy technicians be trained and certified. While 19 states currently have no certification requirements in place, states such as Texas are recognizing the importance of having trained and tested pharmacy technicians by passing legislation that requires all pharmacy technicians be certified.

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in serving patients nationwide in community pharmacies, hospitals and health-systems, nursing homes, mail-order pharmacies, and other pharmacy locations. Technicians carry out a variety of tasks within the pharmacy, such as entering prescription orders into pharmacy databases, operating automatic dispensing systems, preparing I.V. admixtures, maintaining inventories, and processing insurance claims.

About the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
PTCB was established in January 1995 and is governed by five pharmacy organizations - the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Illinois Council of Health-Sy
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