22-Oct-10 8:00 AM  CST

PTCB Sponsors Challenge Coin for Military Pharmacy Seminar Series

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board offered a special thank you to military pharmacists and pharmacy technicians by sponsoring the Challenge Coin at this year’s Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 18-21.

Challenge coins have a long history as a keepsake representing a person’s service in the military. The idea is that if a person’s membership in the military were ever challenged, he could present a special coin branded with his branch’s insignia to prove his service. Every year, JFPS attendees receive a special challenge coin to commemorate their participation. This is the PTCB’s second year sponsoring the JFPS Challenge Coin. Melissa Murer Corrigan, R.Ph., Executive Director and CEO of PTCB, said it represents the PTCB’s long history of providing services and support to military pharmacy personnel in the U.S. and overseas.

“Sponsorship of this year’s JFPS Challenge Coin is a thank you to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and DOD civilians serving our great country and their patients,” Murer Corrigan said.

The Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar is the largest annual gathering of individuals in the federal pharmacy community.  Over 1,000 military pharmacy personnel and civilians attend the conference each year. The theme for this year’s conference was “All Aboard to a Healthy Future.” Speakers and educational sessions discussed the role Department of Defense pharmaceutical services will play in the future with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the convergence of four generations (Matures, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y) of pharmacy personnel in the military workforce for the first time in history.

The PTCB offers the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam at over 200 Pearson VUE Professional Centers and 100 DANTES and Base-Sponsored military test sites nationwide and overseas. Murer Corrigan said that this year’s conference was particularly important as it occurred during   American Pharmacists Month in October and so close to National Pharmacy Technician Day on October 26.

“The response from the pharmacy and general community regarding our sponsorship has been very positive,” Murer Corrigan said. "It serves as an acknowledgement of the important role military pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play in the U.S. and around the world.”
 
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