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The Summer Pharmacy Technician Education Seminar is a great way to earn up to 7 contact hours of continuing education credit, including 1 hour of pharmacy law. The full day seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Makoy Center in Hilliard. The program is presented by the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation (OPF). Additional programming information may be found in the program brochure at the following link:

Fall 2019 Pharmacy Technician Education Brochure

The program's learning objectives can be found at the following link:
2019 Fall Pharmacy Technician Learning Objectives

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The purpose of this seminar is to provide educational opportunities to specifically meet the needs of Ohio’s pharmacy technicians. In addition to pharmacy law, other topics include migraines, drug interactions, bipolar disorder, medication reconciliation, hypertension, and medication use in older adults. This is a great opportunity to learn about the most recent information and network with other pharmacy technicians across the state. Register for this exciting opportunity - 2019 Fall Pharmacy Technician Program or phone 614.389.3236.  

Presented by: Ohio Pharmacists Foundation and Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists

CE Requirements for Pharmacy Technicians

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy requires registered pharmacy technicians to renew their registration and report continuing education by March 31 of every even year (i.e., 03/31/2020, 03/31/2022). Certified pharmacy technicians must renew their registration with the board of pharmacy by September 30 of every even year (i.e., 09/30/2020, 09/30/2022).

All registered technicians need to complete 10 contact hours (1.0 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education during the 24 months preceding the expiration date of the technician’s registration. Of the 10 contact hours, two hours (0.2 CEU) must cover the subject of pharmacy jurisprudence and two hours (0.2 CEU) must cover patient or medication safety topics. One-third of the continuing education requirements may be met by volunteering with an approved in-state provider of volunteer healthcare services (see ORC 4745.04 for more information).

Certified pharmacy technicians must complete all CE requirements to maintain their certification by an organization recognized by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Currently, technicians certified by PTCB or ExCPT exams must complete 20 hours of CE every two years, including one hour each of law and patient/medication safety.

This is a new resource for prospective pharmacy technicians. It includes current, up-to-date information regarding certification and licensing, job growth and salary data, CE requirements, and industry related articles.

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

A pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist with various pharmacy related work. Information on Ohio's laws and rules regarding qualified pharmacy technicians may be found on the Ohio Board of Pharmacy website at the following link under PHARMACY TECHNICIAN LAW:

According to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, a pharmacy technician "is a person who works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and performs many pharmacy-related functions. Pharmacy technicians are used in a wide variety of practice settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, the military, in home health care, long term care, mail service facility, managed health care facilities, and educational/training programs. For the purposes of national voluntary certification, pharmacy technicians are defined as individuals working in a pharmacy, who under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assist in pharmacy activities not requiring the professional judgment of a pharmacist. The pharmacy technician is accountable to the supervising pharmacist, who is legally responsible by virtue of state licensure for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy. The pharmacy technician performs activities as the result of having certain knowledge and skills.

Why Do I Need to be Certified?

Article written by Mark Prifogle, 2011 President of the Indiana Academy of Pharmacy Technicians (IAPT), an academy of the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA).  Reprinted with permission. Original article appeared in the Indiana Pharmacist (Vol. 92, No. 3), third quarter, 2011.

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