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Over 25,000 Pharmacists and Technicians Access PTCB Funded Web-Based Continuing Education Programs
Date:7/17/2009

WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is proud to announce that over 25,000 pharmacists and technicians have accessed two web-based and podcast continuing education (CE) programs developed in collaboration with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and funded by PTCB. The two programs, "Pharmacy Technician Roles in Sterile IV Compounding: Challenges, Opportunities, and Competencies" and "Pharmacy Technician Certification: Trained, Tested, Trusted" were developed to meet identified unmet educational needs of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists and are offered free of charge.

Launched in March 2009, "Pharmacy Technician Roles in Sterile IV Compounding: Challenges, Opportunities and Competencies" addresses the role of pharmacy technicians in meeting and exceeding state and national regulations on sterile IV compounding. The program's faculty highlights the opportunities available for pharmacy technicians in sterile IV compounding, and the impact pharmacy technicians may have on patient safety, regulatory compliance, and efficiency. "Pharmacy Technician Certification: Trained, Tested, Trusted" was launched in 2008. This program provides valuable information about the evolving roles of pharmacy technicians as part of the pharmacy team and an overview about training, certification, and regulation of pharmacy technicians.

These value-added continuing education offerings are posted on the PTCB and ASHP Web sites and feature presentations by Melissa Murer Corrigan, R.Ph., Executive Director and CEO of PTCB who was actively involved in the development of both programs.

"We are excited about the record number of participants who have accessed these online CE programs that address pertinent issues for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy practice," said Ms. Murer Corrigan. "The success rate of these programs clearly ind
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