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PTCB Certification Required for Pharmacy Technician Employment by Department of Veterans Affairs
Date:6/4/2010

WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- PTCB today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requires Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification for VA pharmacy technicians employed at grade GS-6 and above. VA's decision came after formal recommendations from the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and is reflected in the VA Handbook 5005/15.

The incorporation of these new requirements parallel certification standards within the private sector and demonstrate VA's commitment to improving patient safety and rewarding pharmacy technicians through increased pay and new career opportunities.

"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) relies extensively on its cadre of pharmacy technicians to provide a world class pharmacy benefit to our nation's Veterans," said Michael Valentino, R.Ph., MHSA, VA Chief Consultant, Pharmacy Benefits Management. "VA chose to adopt pharmacy technician certification for a number of reasons including: 1- certification will better equip technicians to perform their current duties, 2- certification will provide a platform upon which technicians can improve their skills to assume more complex duties, 3- in addition to education and experience requirements, certification gives VA pharmacy technicians a career ladder to progress to more demanding positions, thereby increasing job satisfaction and retention and 4- over time, emphasizing certification will raise the minimum skill sets required for technicians and will reduce variation in practice across the VA system."

"PTCB certification provides a solid foundation to support the pharmacy technician services of the VA as they work to serve our nation's Veterans," said Melissa Murer Corrigan, R.Ph., Executive Director and CEO of PT
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