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Pharmacy Technicians and COVID-19 Opportunities

Pharmacy Technicians on the front line are key to today's pharmacy response to COVID-19. Even prior to the pandemic, more than 40% of employers say technicians responsibilities have expanded over the past year, This is an exciting time for pharmacy technicians and certification as well as meeting state requirements to practice are the two main areas employers focus on.

For a complete article from Pharmacy Times go to https://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/opportunity-and-advancement-for-pharmacy-technicians-in-a-changing-industry.

Pharmacy Technicians are on the FRONT LINE of patient care

With technicians being the first contact a patient encounters, it is even more important for them to be trained and ready to serve. Patient medication adherence starts with this encounter and continues with the pharmacist.

For a complete article from Pharmacy Times, see https://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/fundamental-questions-about-pharmacy-technicians-the-answers-suggest-a-need-to-move-forward.

Pharmacy Technicians Can Play a Significant Role in Preventing Abuse

Understanding OTCs and the need to include them in any list of "medications taken" is often something patients are not aware of. They think of their medications as the "prescriptions" they are taking and don't understand that any medication can interact with others and should be included in their profile. As the technician performing their cash out, the opportunity is there to educate them and ensure their profile is current.

For the complete article, see https://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/technicians-can-play-an-important-role-preventing-abuse-optimizing-use-of-otc-medications.

February News from the FDA

February 2011

FDA reminds health care professionals about safe use of non-sterile alcohol prep pads:

After The Triad Group of Harland, Wis., recalled all lots of its alcohol prep pads and swabs on January 11, 2011, the FDA issued a press release warning professionals about safe use of non-sterile prep pads.  The pads and swabs were said to have been contaminated with Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can be very harmful to humans.  Read more on this press release at www.fda.gov/news.

Recalls:

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Issues Voluntary, Nationwide Recall Of Hydrocodone Bitartrate And Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 MG / 500 MG, NDC 0603-3888-20, 60 Count, Lot Numbers T150G10B, T120J10E And T023M10A And Phenobarbital Tablets, USP 32.4 MG, NDC 0603-5166-32, 1000 Count, Lot Numbers T150G10B, T120J10E And T023M10A.
Reasons: Bottles may be incorrectly labeled.

American Regent Initiates Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Potassium Phosphates Injection, USP 15 mM/5 mL Phosphorus; 22 mEq/5 mL Potassium 5 mL Single Dose Vial, Lot# 0048
Reasons: Translucent Visible Particles.

American Regent Initiates Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Sodium Thiosulfate Injection, USP 10% (100 mg/mL) 10 mL Single Dose Vials Lot# 0056
Reasons: Translucent Visible Particles.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare Initiates Voluntary Recall Of Certain Over-The-Counter (OTC) Products
On January 14, 2011, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of McNeil-PPC, voluntarily recalled certain lots and certain brands of Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed, and Sunutab.  The company initiated the recall as a precautionary measure after an extensive review of past production records showing insufficient or inadequate documentation of equipment cleaning records. www.fda.gov/recall

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