"Pharmacy technicians help manage pharmacy operations and provide essential support to pharmacists in the dispensing of medications," said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. "PTCB applauds TSBP's commitment to patient safety and its leadership in requiring pharmacy technicians to meet a uniform standard for certification in Texas."
"The Texas State Board of Pharmacy is pleased that PTCB was again awarded this contract," said TSBP Executive Director/Secretary Gay Dodson, RPh. "We look forward to working with PTCB to advance patient care and safety in our state."
TSBP is the state agency responsible for registration of Texas pharmacy technicians, and for licensure and discipline of Texas pharmacists and pharmacies. In 1995, TSBP acted to make Texas the first state to require all pharmacy technicians to pass the PTCE before applying for registration. In 2001, the Texas legislature added this requirement to the Pharmacy Act and made passage of a TSBP-approved certification examination a prerequisite to technician registration.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) advocates a single national standard for pharmacy technician certification that is recognized and supported by the profession. The goal of PTCB's national certification program, which services the more than 280,000 currently active certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) nationwide, is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. PTCB was established in 1995 and is governed by five pharmacy organizations—the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, the Michigan Pharmacists Association, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians may apply for certification online at www.ptcb.org.
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