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Tech Trends - April 2008 

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April 2008

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Keynote Sessions
Taking the Harm Out of Pharmacy- A Look at Medication Errors
Kelly Jerry has granted her first "industry" interview to NPTA, since losing her daughter as a result of a preventable medication error. Kelly will share the account of her daughter's tragedy as well as the road to lobbying for change and the introduction of "Emily's Law," named in honor of her daughter.
Kelly Jerry - Mother of Emily, the 2 year old that died as a result of a medication error and motivation for the recently introducted federal legislation - HR 5491
Mike Johnston, CPhT - NPTA

Moving Forward - Current Issues with Pharmacy Technician Standards & Regulations
Be a part of history as officials from the leading organizations in pharmacy share the stage together for the first time as a panel. The session will highlight current trends and issues related to pharmacy technician standards and regulations, as well as questions submitted by attendees!
Mike Johnston, CPhT - NPTA
ACPE Representative (Confirmed)
ASHP Representative (Confirmed)
ICPT Representative (Confirmed)
NABP Representative (Confirmed)
NACDS Representative (Invited)
NCPA Representative (Confirmed)
PTCB Representative (Confirmed)

Breakout Sessions

  • ADD/ADHD: Signs, Symptoms and a Cure?
  • Customer Service Matters
  • High-Alert Medications and High-Risk Processes
  • Joint Commission Standards and Survey Process
  • Kidney Failure: Options in Treatment
  • Managing Your Technician Career
  • MTM and the Role of the Technician
  • Pharmacy Law Update
  • Preventing Medicaiton Errors
  • Proper Handling of Hazardous Drugs
  • Quality Assurance in Pharmacy
  • Technology in the Community Pharmacy
  • The Green Pharmacy: Being Eco-Friendly in the Workplace
  • The Role of Human Factors in Medication Errors
  • Trends in State Pharmacy Regulations
  • USP <797> Update
  • Plus 20+ other programs TBA


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Recent Articles
Illinois Mandates Certification
Release Date: Thu 20-Mar-08 2:00 PM
Beginning on January 1, 2010, within 2 years after being employed as a registered technician, a pharmacy technician must become certified by successfully passing the PTCB examination or another Board-approved pharmacy technician examination in order to continue to perform pharmacy technicians duties. This requirement does not apply to pharmacy technicians hired prior to January 1, 2008.

Dennis Quaid Speaks Out on 60 Minutes
Release Date: Sun 16-Mar-08 12:00 PM
Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, speak to 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft on the topic of medical errors and give a detailed account of the medical mistakes that nearly killed their twins. Quaid twins Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace were given a massive drug overdose of heparin last November at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and nearly died. They happen in every hospital in every state in this country and…Ive come to find out, theres 100,000 people a year [More Info]

Federal Legislation for Tech Standards Introduced
Release Date: Mon 3-Mar-08 3:00 PM
U.S. Reps. Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH) and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) have introduced sweeping federal legislation that will mandate training, education, registration and certification requirements for pharmacy technicians nationwide. The Pharmacy Technician Training and Registration Act of 2008, or Emily’s Act, is named after 2-year-old Emily Jerry of Concord Township, OH, who died on March 1, 2006, after a pharmacy technician incorrectly prepared her chemotherapy dose. The bill, HR. 5491,... [More Info]

NPTA Responds to USA Today Articles
Author: NPTA
Release Date: Wed 13-Feb-08 9:30 AM
This week USA TODAY published a series of articles, entitled Rx for Errors, which focuses primarily on the connection between pharmacy technicians and medication errors occuring in chain drug stores, such as CVS and Walgreens. Since 1999, the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) has advocated for increased regulatory standards to become mandatory across the U.S. In essence, NPTA believes that in order to practice, pharmacy technicians should be required to: complete a... [More Info]


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