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Pharmacy Technicians Assist Pharmacy Teams in Development of Drug Shortage Protocols
Date:5/26/2011

s. This includes assisting with product distribution, database modification, and the redistribution of product to areas of higher need.

"The accurate and timely distribution of medications to patients is a well-established responsibility in pharmacy practice," said Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, Executive Director and CEO of PTCB. "With the support of CPhTs in purchasing and automation roles, pharmacists may increase their involvement in patient care activities."

In response to recent drug shortages, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Robert Casey (D-PA), with support of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, introduced the Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act (S 296) in February. If enacted, this legislation would provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with additional tools to help prevent future drug shortages and require manufacturers to advise FDA when any discontinuance, interruption, or other action may decrease the supply of a drug to a level below the current demand.

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-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The goal of PTCB's national certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. PTCB contracts with Pearson VUE, the industry's technology leader, as its computer-based testing vendor. Pharmacy technicians may apply online to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam at www.ptcb.org.


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