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Record Number of Pharmacy Technicians Seek Certification Through PTCB

By AHS | January 25, 2011

  Record numbers of pharmacy technicians continue to seek certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), a pioneer in the credentialing industry. Over 400,000 pharmacy technicians nationwide have earned the PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential since 1995 and more than 55,000 candidates sat for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) in 2010 alone.



As medication regimens become more complex and cost-conscious insurers rely on pharmacists to provide direct-patient care and medication therapy management, PTCB certified pharmacy technicians will continue to be relied upo

Study Shows Projected Medicaid Savings Through Pharmacy Carve-In Model

By AHS | January 24, 2011





According to a study released Jan. 20, large-scale savings could be achieved if 13 states abandoned their current pharmacy carve-out model in favor of a carve-in approach -- including prescription drugs in health plans' capitation payments. The study was sponsored by Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) and conducted by The Lewin Group, a health care and human services consulting firm.



Lewin researchers reported that the 13 states where prescription drugs are not part of the Medicaid capitated rate but instead are "carved-out" -- paid separately through the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) program -- could collectively save $11.1 b

Medical marijuana and patient counseling

By AHS | January 23, 2011

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By: Leslie Bohner, PharmD candidate

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I am a fourth-year student. During a consultation at a community pharmacy rotation, I asked a patient what additional medications he was taking. Most often, the answer is "calcium" or "vitamins." When the patient answered "medical marijuana," I was surprised and a bit perplexed, as was my preceptor, about how to counsel a patient using marijuana.



Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as Schedule I, a definition that gives it a high potential for abuse, with no current safe or medica

Moral objections have no place at the pharmacy counter

By AHS | January 20, 2011

LA Times 





Below is Nicole Brochu column on Moral Objections.  What are your thoughts on this issue?



One's moral conscience is a very personal matter, individual to each of us and often strongly held. And in a country that cherishes personal freedoms, we all should have the right and room to live own lives guided by those beliefs and principles. Of course, that requires letting others do the same — which the most sanctimonious among us just can't seem to manage.



The unwelcome urge to force one's

Health questions from A-Z

By AHS | January 17, 2011

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Have you been feeling lousy lately and you don't know why?  Attached is a great site with helpful health information.  Everything from A-Z, including drug and supplement information.  It also includes links to other great sites. 


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