This issue of CPhT CONNECT includes:
COVID-19: The Role of Pharmacy Technicians in Vaccine Administration
With the continued rose in COVID-19 infection rates and additional pressure being placed within health systems, the administration of the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine has never been more crucial. The purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive view of immunizations administered by pharmacy technicians and how it has evolved, the impact that the new HHS guidance will have on the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and how the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is providing resources for technicians to meet HHS guidelines.
Advanced Roles for Pharmacy Technicians
In the past, pharmacy technician roles mainly consisted of non-dispensing activities, including handling cash register operations and answering or directing phone calls from patients, providers, and insurance companies. But with recent changes and initiatives such as the creation of state pilot programs, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) new advanced credentials, and the progressive regulatory landscape, the pharmacy technician’s role in a pharmacy team is advancing.
Vaccine Administration: Assuring Safety
Well-trained pharmacy technicians are being allowed to provide vaccines in an effort to expand the services that a pharmacy team can offer and to improve access for patients seeking preventative care. A quality vaccination program, including pharmacy technicians administering vaccines, will demonstrate safety for the technicians, for the patients, for the businesses, and for the public.
Arthritis is an inflammation of joints that causes pain and stiffness and tends to worsen with age. It is an incurable condition that can affect people of all ages, sexes, and races. The effects of arthritis and its progression can vary from person to person but range from mild to severe, debilitating the sufferer. Although the medical community has identified several types of arthritis, this article focuses on three of the major forms: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis.
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