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  • Restricted Drug Programs Continued

    February 4, 2016 • Pharmacy Technician

    In our last blog article we learned about the Isotretinoin Safety and Risk Management Act of 2004 as we review Pharmacy Law. There are 3 more common drugs that you are likely to see in your work that are part of the restricted drug program. Thalomid (thalidomide) is a drug [...]

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  • Pharmacy Law: Isotretinoin Safety and Risk Management Act of 2004/iPLEDGE

    January 14, 2016 • Pharmacy Technician

    Let’s continue our review of Pharmacy Law as it relates to restricted drugs.  As a Pharmacy Technician, you will needs to know the requirements for dispensing these. Today’s focus under the Isotretinoin Safety and Risk Management Act of 2004/iPLEDGE is Accutane. Accutane (isotretinoin) is a very effective and powerful medication [...]

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  • Industry News: Happy Birthday PTCB!

    November 18, 2015 • Pharmacy Technician

    In honor of their 20-year history, PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) recently released a short film that highlights the role of the pharmacy technician and the importance of PTCB certification. The film features leaders within the pharmacy community and certified technicians who speak about their own experiences.  The PTCB has [...]

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  • Pharmacy Tech Final Exam Pep Talk

    October 28, 2015 • Pharmacy Technician

    So you made it through Pharmacology, Retail Labs and Pharmaceutical Calculations! You feel pretty good about what you’ve accomplished thus far, but now it’s time to prepare for the final exam. Why does that term consume us with fear? Well, here’s a pretty funny definition of “final exam” from the [...]

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  • Certification Program Changes and Pharmacy Technician’s Roles

    October 21, 2015 • Pharmacy Technician

    October 20 was National Pharmacy Technician Day, a day set aside to make an extra effort to acknowledge pharmacy technicians for their contributions and a time to evaluate certification program changes. According to Laura Humphrey, manager of communications for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), discounts were offered by 6 [...]

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  • Patient Safety Revisited

    October 20, 2015 • Pharmacy Technician

    Not too long ago I wrote a blog article entitled “Patient Safety: It’s What It’s All About!” In keeping with that idea, and in light of this week being National Pharmacy Week with the theme of “Patient Care is Our Passion,” we’re going to discuss the drug utilization review (DUR) [...]

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  • Modern Study Tools to Help You Master Medical Terms

    If you want to work in the healthcare industry, odds are you need to master some medical terminology. Whether you are an aspiring medical transcriptionist, practicing nurse, or looking into a medical coding and billing career, here are 5 modern tools to help you learn the lingo on the go. [...]

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  • Antibiotics: The Classy Medication!

    October 7, 2015 • Pharmacy Technician

    I chose the title for this blog article for two reasons. First of all, antibiotics are amazing medicines and secondly, when it comes to the final exam, students quite frequently miss questions that deal with the different classes of antibiotics. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated an article entitled [...]

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  • How to Set Yourself Up for Job Finding Success as a Pharmacy Technician

    September 21, 2015 • Pharmacy Technician

    Finding your first job can be stressful and challenging, even in a growing field like pharmacy tech where jobs are expected to increase by 20%. Since a pharmacy technician job description and job posting don’t always tell you how to get a leg up on the competition, we’ve put together [...]

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  • Behind-The-Counter Medications

    September 15, 2015 • Pharmacy Technician

    In the United States there are two main groups of drugs:  prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs.  The definitions of these two terms are pretty simple. • Prescription drugs require written authorization of a licensed medical provider, such as a physician, dentist, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.  • Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs [...]

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