Submit your comments on the pharmacy technician education/training requirement by April 11
Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to submit comments by Wednesday, April 11, 2018 pertaining to the education/training eligibility requirement.

On January 1, 2020, completion of a PTCB-recognized education/training program OR equivalent work experience will be required of all new CPhT applicants. Programs recognized by PTCB require curriculums to include specific knowledge identified in PTCB’s most recent job analysis. Program directors must attest that the required knowledge is included in their program’s curriculum. Program director attestations, together with independent audits, will ensure compliance with PTCB requirements and the quality of recognized programs. The required knowledge is listed on the CPhT Program Recognition Attestation Form. Read more about the updates to the PTCB CPhT Program in 2020.
To be considered eligible for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) under this new requirement, a candidate must attest to one of the following:

  1. Completion of a PTCB-recognized education/training program.
  2. Equivalent work experience as a pharmacy technician. This alternative path will serve experienced pharmacy technicians who were not in a position to attend a PTCB-recognized program in the past. Experienced technicians will need to have their supervisor complete a CPhT Work Experience Attestation Form on their behalf, which contains similar knowledge requirements used to evaluate recognized programs.

Recognize Courageous Service: Nominate Yourself or Your Colleagues

Help ASHP publicly recognize and express gratitude to those who have gone beyond the call of duty to serve patients under adverse conditions, such as in times of natural disaster. Nominations for the CEO Award for Courageous Service are being accepted until March 30. (source: ASHP NewsLink 3.5.18) 

Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy Specialty Approved by BPS

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) last week announced approval of a specialty for compounded sterile preparations pharmacists. Fall 2019 will be the first opportunity to take the exam to be a Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist, BPS said. ASHP and the American Pharmacists Association sponsored the petition for recognition of Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist Specialists and collaborated in preparing responses. (source: ASHP NewsLink 3.5.18)  

Build Your Ambulatory Care Program: Join 2018/2019 A3 Collaborative 

After a successful launch in 2017 with 28 teams from across the country, the A3 Collaborative is opening enrollment for the next 12-month cycle. The A3 Collaborative is a national learning experience designed to help healthcare providers and organizations succeed in value-based payment models. Requests to participate in the next cohort are being accepted until April 30. Additional information is available in the participation package or by email(source: ASHP NewsLink 3.5.18)

Health-System Cyberattacks: The Pharmacist’s Role in Prevention, Mitigation

Click on the above title to read this article which appeared in the 2.23.18 edition of "ASHP Intersections".

Visit the Pharmacy Technician Resources page (under the Resources tab) to read the latest news from PTCB including

"New Exam (PTCE) Content and Updated Education/Training Requirement Planned for 2020"

"Apply Now To Become a PTCB Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician™ (CSPT™)"

"PTCB Earns ANSI Accreditation"

"Spread the Word: Official PTCB Practice Exam Now Available in Second Exam Form"

On-Demand CE — Clinical Workshop on Heart Failure

Join leading faculty as they conduct clinical case studies to illustrate how complications, dosing, patient parameters, and other factors affect therapy in heart failure. Cases follow patients from the beginning of the disease and beyond. (source: ASHP NewsLink 2.27.18)

ASHP's Medication Safety Certificate Program

The Medication Safety Certificate was developed in partnership with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices for pharmacy professionals, physicians, and nurses. It features modules designed to enhance the skills and experience of those leading medication safety improvements in the medication-use system. Earn 50-plus CE hours from the online, self-guided program. (source: ASHP Affiliate NewsLink 2.27.18)

ASHP enduring or online recertification materials are available

ASHP just released the following recertification activities:

To read about all recertification activities currently available, select a specialty.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

Critical Care Pharmacy

Geriatric Pharmacy

Oncology Pharmacy

Pediatric Pharmacy


All of our recertification activities provide immediate pass/fail notification, and any credit earned is immediately posted to your professional profile. If you are interested in a bulk purchase of any product, contact our Sales Representative, Chris Jezowski. (source: ASHP 2.15.18)

Comments Invited on Draft Accreditation Standards for Technician Programs

ASHP and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) are revising the ASHP/ACPE Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs. General and specific comments on the draft are welcomed and encouraged and must be received by March 23. When making a specific comment, please begin the comment by indicating the corresponding line number(s), standard number, and key element number. Email comments and suggested edits to ASHP.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 2.13.18)

Clinical Inertia When Managing Type 2 Diabetes? View New On-Demand Activity

Common barriers to the transition to newer basal insulin therapies — as well as strategies for overcoming them — are described in a new on-demand educational activity for the interprofessional team. Patient cases illustrate how to initiate, titrate, and switch basal insulin products, taking into account patients' preferences, abilities, and resources. This activity is free, and ASHP membership is not required.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 2.13.18)

New Recertification Opportunity for BCACP, BCCCP, BCGP, BCOP, BCPPS, BCPS

Online Intensive Studies/BCOP Clinical Sessions packages are now available for purchase. Based on the live sessions held at the ASHP Midyear meeting, these studies provide four to six hours of recertification credit. If you are dual- or triple-certified, some sessions offer credit for multiple specialties. Enrollees in ASHP's 3-Year Recertification Plan can find this activity in their eLearning account. Learners have until August 7 to claim recertification credit for this activity.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 2.13.18)

SM18 Call for Posters Present Your Work in Colorado! Call for 2018 ASHP Summer Meetings Posters

ASHP soon will be accepting online abstract submissions for poster presentations at the 2018 ASHP Summer Meetings, June 2 – 6 in Denver. We will be accepting professional, student, resident, and fellow posters. The poster submission site will open on January 15, 2018. The Poster submission deadline is March 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (PST). Details on submitting an abstract will be posted January 15th. For more information: .  (source: ASHP Affiliates NewsLink 1.30.18)

Free Patient Safety CE: When Medications Mix With Contrast Agents

Learn how hospital pharmacists can become involved in the oversight and use of contrast media in their institutions through this free online CE activity. Faculty will address the rationale and therapeutics of chemoembolization and provide examples of pharmacy and radiology collaboration. In addition, the role of the pharmacist in improving patient safety and the medication-use process in the radiology suite will also be discussed.  (source: ASHP Affiliates NewsLink 1.30.18)

Available Now: 2018 Pharmacy Forecast 

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation is excited to announce that the Pharmacy Forecast 2018 is now available! This trends report predicts important developments in eight domains that are likely to challenge pharmacy practice leaders in hospitals and health systems. Access the report today!  (source: ASHP Affiliates NewsLink 1.30.18)

PTCB Will No Longer Accept ‘In-Service’ Hours for CE Credit Starting January 2018
Beginning January 1, 2018, PTCB will no longer accept what is known as ‘in-service’ continuing education (CE) hours toward fulfillment of PTCB’s CE requirements for recertification or reinstatement. In-service CE refers to certain projects or training earned at a CPhT's workplace under a pharmacist's supervision. The ‘in-service’ CE category will no longer appear as an option beginning in January. Read more.

ASHP Foundation Releases 2018 Trends Report to Assist Pharmacy Leaders in Strategic Planning

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation has announced that the Pharmacy Forecast 2018: Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hospitals and Health Systems is now available online! Access the report via a link at It was published in the January 15, 2018, issue of AJHP, making it easily available to all ASHP members.

Take Action! Ask Your Members of Congress to Push for Solutions to Drug Shortage Crisis

As a pharmacist and a constituent, you have tremendous influence with your members of Congress. Send an email to your congressional representatives and ask them to take immediate action to address the public health crisis caused by the shortage of small-volume parenteral (SVP) solutions. Personalize the email provided in ASHP's online advocacy center with examples of how SVP solutions are used at your organization and the patient-care challenges associated with this and other drug product shortages. (source: ASHP NewsLink 12.11.17)

New Resource Center Offers Convenient Access to Forecasting Reports

The ASHP Forecasts resource center is the gateway to the ASHP and ASHP Research and Education Foundation forecasting reports published in AJHP. This resource center also offers member-only access to the data visualizations and interactive tools that have been developed for the reports.  (Source: ASHP NewsLink 11.28.17)

ASHP Foundation Accepting Applications for Master's Residency Practice-Based Research Grants

Up to four $5,000 grants are available to pharmacy residents in master's degree programs. The Master's Residency Research Grant Program supports practice-based research related to the ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) or Ambulatory PPMI conducted by residents in ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs or by residents in pharmacy residency programs that have submitted an application for ASHP accreditation that combine completion of the residency and a master's degree. (source: ASHP Affilitate Relations News 11.28.17)

Be Recognized as a 340B Expert  

The Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate Program provides specialized training that empowers participants with tools, resources, and expertise. It prepares participants to solve and overcome 340B Drug Pricing Program implementation challenges and rigorously comply with the rules of this federal program. ASHP members receive a $100 discount off the enrollment fee; use code ASHP17M. (Source: ASHP NewsLink 11.21.17)


Sterile Product Preparation Training and Certificate Program

This ASHP Professional Certificate Program is designed for participants to recognize the importance of aseptic processing and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare sterile products safely and effectively. Participants will learn the evolution of aseptic processing as it relates to today's practice standards and be taught the behaviors and skills required of all personnel who compound sterile products. This program provides 17.25 CE hours for pharmacists and technicians.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.14.17)


AHFS Drug Information 2018 Available To Order

With content supported by nearly 90,000 references and the advice of numerous subject matter experts, AHFS Drug Information® helps you protect your patients and your practice. The 2018 edition includes updated monographs and references related to revised therapeutic guidelines on the treatment of fungal infections and chronic hepatitis C. AHFS DI 2018 is the only print compendium designated by the U.S. Congress. (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.7.17)


Free Board Exam Preparation Material for Residents, New Practitioners

Residents and new practitioners: Reserve your spot in ASHP's Review and Recertification Reward Program (RRRP). The RRRP provides free access to ASHP's online review course, practice exam, and core therapeutic modules. Once you pass the exam, you are enrolled in ASHP's online recertification program, which provides access to recertification hours for just $10 per month for the initial seven-year cycle. (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.7.17)

CMS Explains Proper Pharmacy Billing of Immunosuppressive Drugs

A new article from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services explains to pharmacies the appropriate use of the KX modifier when billing Medicare for immunosuppressive drugs provided to beneficiaries whose organ transplant was paid for by Medicare. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General had determined that earlier information provided to pharmacies had not been clear and consistent. (posted 10.24.17)

Call for Resolutions for 2018 House of Delegates Session

The Call for Resolutions for the ASHP 2018 House of Delegates is now available. Resolutions require sponsorship by two active members, who need not be delegates. All resolutions must be submitted by March 5, 2018, in advance of the 2018 House of Delegates Session, to be held June 3 and 5. (posted10.24.17)

New Online Resource Offers Tools to Prepare Pharmacists for Provider Roles

ASHP on Monday launched the Provider Status Readiness Resource Center to help members and healthcare organizations transition to new care delivery models that include pharmacists as direct patient care providers. The resource center includes a checklist for assessing an institution's ability to operationalize provider status, examples of reimbursable service and practice models, and strategies for using credentialing and privileging processes to foster ongoing competence in specialized areas. (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.17.17)

Research Tips for Pharmacy Residents Available Online

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation has developed "Residency Research Tips," a free 22-page guide with practical advice and guidance that will help pharmacy residents complete a successful research project. "Residency Research Tips" also offers links to other resources, such as AJHP articles, that provide in-depth information.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.17.17)

 ASHP's Essential Sterile Compounding Reference Is Now Updated

Compounding Sterile Preparations, by E. Clyde Buchanan, Philip J. Schneider, and Ryan A. Forrey, is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on sterile compounding. It's a trusted resource that every pharmacist needs, and the new edition coming at the end of October will be the first update since 2009. This edition includes coverage of USP Chapters <800> and <797> and updates on regulations related to the Drug Quality and Security Act. Preorders are being accepted.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.3.17) Explains Allergic Reactions to Inactive Ingredients

The new tip "Allergic Reactions to Inactive Ingredients in Medications" explains in patient-friendly terms the oddity of inactive ingredients having the potential to cause allergic reactions. The tip was written by Abby Gallagher of St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa., and Indrani Kar of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. is ASHP's consumer resource for drug information. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.1.17)


Choosing Wisely App Helps Clinicians to Search Recommendations

A new app from the ABIM Foundation makes Choosing Wisely's 500 specialty society recommendations, including the five from ASHP, available to clinicians at the touch of an iPhone screen. Users can filter the recommendations by topic area, society, age, setting, and service. The foundation said the app will be available for iPads within a month and Android devices soon afterward.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.1.17)


Groups Launch Online Tool for Navigating Expanded Access Process

The new Expanded Access Navigator is intended to help patients, caregivers, and physicians work through the process of accessing investigational treatments that have not been approved by FDA. This online tool was launched on Monday by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, pharmaceutical industry, federal government, and patient advocacy organizations. (To find investigational treatments with expanded access programs, use the Advanced Search feature at (source: ASHP NewsLink 7.25.17)

SHP's Chapter <800> Answer Book Prepares Pharmacies for New Safety Requirements

The Chapter <800> Answer Book by Patricia C. Kienle, R.Ph., M.P.A., FASHP, is the first publication to clarify the differences between current practice and the new standards that pharmacies will be required to follow when the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter <800> becomes enforceable on July 1, 2018.

For more information or to place an order (978-1-58528-573-0), visit, email, or call 866-279-0681 (U.S. & Canada) or 001-301-664-8700 (international). For bulk sales inquiries and desk copy requests, contact ASHP sales representative Chris Jezowski at ASHP NewsLink 6.20.17)

ASHP Service: Verifying Residency Completion

With ASHP's verification service, you no longer need to go through the tenuous, time-consuming process of acquiring a residency completion certificate. The ASHP Credential Verification Service provides a thorough report in just minutes. The information comes from the only comprehensive source for ASHP-accredited residency verification as derived from the original data provided by individual residency programs.

This new service will help your organization:

  • Support internal organizational credentialing and privileging processes.
  • Confirm you are choosing the best candidates.
  • Avoid future staffing issues.

Visit the Credential Verification Service

ASHP Launches ASHP Consulting Service  

ASHP Consulting, by ASHP, is a new healthcare consulting service providing expert advice on a wide variety of pharmacy practices. ASHP Consulting's credentialed pharmacy experts provide clients with an assessment of programs and services followed by customized, best practice-based recommendations for improving an organization's pharmacy services. (posted 4.18.17)

PTCB Suspends Accredited Education Requirement Originally Planned for 2020

PTCB has decided to suspend the implementation of the planned 2020 accredited education requirement for pharmacy technicians who seek PTCB Certification. PTCB originally announced in 2013 that the requirement would take effect in 2020 as part of a road map of program changes designed to keep pace with the evolution of technician roles in the pharmacy. Read the full story.

Guide to Choices and Challenges for Young Pharmacists

ASHP has released a new book of advice for student pharmacists, residents, and new practitioners. Letters from Rising Pharmacy Stars: Advice on Creating and Advancing Your Career in a Changing Profession, by Susan A. Cantrell, B.S.Pharm., CAE, and Sara J. White, M.S., FASHP, is a collection of compelling letters from 30 early- to mid-career pharmacists who share their experiences and insights with their younger colleagues. The new book is a guide to the choices and challenges that young pharmacists face, a companion to ASHP’s Letters to a Young Pharmacist: Sage Advice on Life and Career from Extraordinary Pharmacists,.

For more information or to place an order (978-1-58528-568-6), visit, email, or call 866-279-0681 (U.S. & Canada) or 001-301-664-8700 (international).

20th Century Cures - ASHP Legislative Summary

21st Century Cures bill was passed late last year and signed by President Obama. ASHP identified those areas of the law that they think will have some impact on our members, or public health. The law is 1,000 pages so focused only on those provisions with potential impact for pharmacy and public health.  (source: ASHP 1.6.17)


New to our online catalog of recertification activities, the Core Therapeutic Modules for recertification provide up to three hours of recertification credit per specialty. For three-year subscription holders, these activities are included and are available in your eLearning account. (source: ASHP NewsLink 12.27.16)

What would you do in your first 90 or 100 days in a new managerial position? Get some ideas and offer your own by joining ASHP's Women in Pharmacy Leadership Connect Community and reading the discussion. The community, which is open to all ASHP members, provides a forum for discussion on the pharmacy workforce's changing demographics and leadership development needs.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.8.16)

Survey Shows Three-Quarters of Americans Would Seek Out a Pharmacy Where Pharmacy Technicians are Certified: Americans Value Certification and Expect Pharmacy Technicians To Be Certified 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has released the findings of a 2016 public perception survey, revealing that 85% of the public believes it is very important for pharmacy technicians to be certified. Consumers feel so strongly about certification that 76% say that they would seek out a different pharmacy if they knew technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. The survey shows that among consumers, frequent pharmacy visitors are even more likely (79%) to seek a pharmacy where technicians are certified, and adults with children at home are most likely (82%) to look elsewhere. 

Read the full story.

Pharmacy Forecast 2016-2020 Offers Strategic Advice on the Pharmacy Work Force

Supported by the David A. Zilz Leaders for the Future Fund
How likely is it that by 2020, the salaries of newly hired entry-level pharmacy technicians in health systems will increase by at least 25 percent? Find out by visiting the "Pharmacy Work Force" section on page 25 of the Pharmacy Forecast 2016-2020. The report offers a unique perspective on predictions in eight domains that may prove to be challenging for health-system pharmacy practice leaders. For more information and to download a free copy, visit   (Source: ASHP State Affiliate NewsLink 8.30.16)

New PAI Video: The Journey to Improve Patient Care  

What began as the ASHP-ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative has evolved into the Practice Advancement Initiative, a national movement to improve pharmacy practice and patient care in both acute and ambulatory care settings. Learn more about how to get involved by viewing the video. (source: ASHP 7.26.16)

Mark your calendar for noon ET on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
UNC Pharmacy Grand Rounds provides monthly live CE webcasts to subscribers across the country. Over 75% of our group purchasers set up in a meeting room during live webcasts to not only benefit from CE, but also from learning and discussing as a team.  Subscribers also enjoy the convenience of having an archived version of the webcast available if they are unable to attend the live event. Purchase now to ensure access to all of the live webcasts scheduled for the next 12 months as well as archived versions for those who cannot attend the live event. A bonus of an additional 12 archived topics (for a total of 24 hours of CE) are available to new subscribers for a short time.
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If you are interested in a group subscription, including volume discounts and free administrative access to track progress and participation, email Chris Jezowski

Publishing Opportunities Abound for Residents in New AJHP Residents Edition See our dedicated page for residents

ASHP's Resident Reward and Recertification Program See our dedicated page for residents

Enroll in the ASHP Connect Mentor Match!

ASHP's Mentor Match allows members to connect within the ASHP Connect member community and establish mentoring relationships. Please sign up as a mentor, mentee, or both and connect with others to expand and enhance your professional network.  Once in ASHP Connect, click on the "Mentoring" tab and use the left navigation bar to enroll. Enroll in Mentor Match

Speaking Opportunities

The Leadership Speakers Bureau (LSB) provides pharmacy students the opportunity to speak with a health-system leader on the importance of building leadership skills. The LSB, launched as an initiative by the Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership in 2009 in response to needs expressed by pharmacy students, is a resource for student societies to host a leadership event. The LSB provides funding and a way of connecting with health-system pharmacy leaders who present the importance of leadership development as a necessary part of their professional development.

If you are a pharmacy leader and are interested in participating in the Leadership Speakers Bureau as a speaker, you are invited to submit your name. To learn more about the program please visit the ASHP Foundation’s website

Purchase ASHP eBooks directly through CSHP!

ASHP’s clinical, professional, drug information, and educational resources are now easier to access than ever with ASHP eBooks.  Use the ASHP eBooks platform as an app on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices to view your online purchases, or download them to your computer with the iOffline . Make a purchase through the ASHP eBooks store (direct link for state), then bookmark, highlight, and instantly post content on social media platforms. Once you have ordered your books through the ASHP eBooks store, then download the app by searching ASHP eBooks in the App Stores. Make sure you use the code CT2014 to benefit your state. Order at