The Pharmacy Technician Training Board (PTCB) has extended the deadline to submit applications for recertification.  Applicants now have until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on December 3rd, 2013 to get their applications submitted. Get more information on the PTCB’s website at

It’s a running joke that doctors have sloppy handwriting. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are among those professionals who have adapted to physician penmanship. However there are times when handwritten ‘scripts’ are just too puzzling for pharmacy staff to decipher. (For fun, check out Pharmacy Times’ “Can You Read These Rxs?” to get a taste!) Eye-Opening Prescriptions Statistics “Doctors’ sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually,” reported Jeremy Caplan in a January 2007 Time magazine article. The chilling number came from a study from over seven years ago, and so it’s expected, or hoped, there have been improvements within the [...]

Last month, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) named Linda Henson one of its CPhT of the Year finalists! “PTCB’s CPhT of the Year© Program honors and recognizes individual achievement in patient care, leadership, service, and mentorship as a way to encourage excellence and innovation among pharmacy technicians,” states PTCB’s press release (October 22, 2013). Linda is picture on the left, along with CPhTs Rico Powell, Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes, at a recognition event held in their honor in Washington, DC. Thirty-two years ago, Henson began her career as a pharmacy technician. Today she is the Pharmacy Technician Manager at Methodist Le [...]

Tomorrow, October 22nd, 2013, is National Pharmacy Technician Day. The annual event is endorsed by the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) and the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC). This year’s theme is “Pharmacy Technicians: Trusted, Trained and Educated”. This is the 23rd year Pharmacy Technicians are honored with their own national day. The first National Pharmacy Technician Day was in 1991, states the AAPT’s National Pharmacy Tech Day Flyer. The flyer can be printed off from their website to post in pharmacies, pharmacy tech schools and other key places to promote the day. (You can find it here: [...]

Often to be admitted into a Pharmacy Technician Program you must fulfill certain prerequisite courses (or demonstrate that you have applicable knowledge and skills in these areas). Depending on the college, such courses may be from high school and/or college. However, prior healthcare experience or training may waive some or all of these prerequisites. Examples of prerequisite courses and/or skills that may be required include: Math/Algebra Keyboarding/Computer Skills Medical Terminology English Composition/Communication CPR Biology/Anatomy Meeting the Pharmacy Tech Course Prerequisites 1. Contact the pharmacy technician school(s) you are considering and find out exactly what the requirements for entry into the [...]

If you read the latest News Alert we posted on, you know that the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recently announced that they have certified more than 500,000 pharmacy technicians! According to their October 2nd press release, 503,620 individuals have passed the PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) as of June 30, 2013!   This impressive number of CPhT-holders speaks to both the increasing demand for pharmacy technicians and also the keen interest to enter this important field. Pharmacy Technician Job Growth Statistics The demand for pharmacy technicians is projected to increase by 32% between 2010 and 2010, according to [...]

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)  announced in an October 2 news release that as of June 30, 2013, they have certified over half a million pharmacy technicians. “Passing the half-million mark is an exciting milestone in the growth of PTCB’s nationwide certification program,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. “The PTCB CPhT credential represents an excellent pathway to employment opportunities for pharmacy technicians. It enables them to stay current and be prepared to meet the requirements of the occupation as our healthcare system evolves.”  

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has updated its certification exam (called the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam or PTCE), which is delivered at test centers nationwide. The revised PTCE will become effective November 1st, however, those who apply to write the exam prior to this date will write the current PTCE. How Were the PTCB Updates Made? The changes to the exam were made based on the PTCB’s Job Analysis Study, which was completed in February 2012. The study surveyed 25,712 pharmacy technicians across the entire country and in all types of practice settings. “Consistent with industry best practices and [...]

More and more pharmacies (including retail chain, independent and online) are dispensing pet medications.  Traditionally, this niche was filled primarily by veterinarians, but now a growing number of pet owners are choosing to fill their animal companion’s prescriptions at the same pharmacy where they get their own personal medications or from online retailers. Price savings are an incentive for this. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), pet prescriptions can be acquired “from your veterinarian if they keep it in stock,” “your veterinarian can write (or call in) a prescription to a local pharmacy that stocks the medication” or [...]

1 2 3 4 5 6 7