10-Feb-11 1:00 PM  CST

NPTA Celebrates Its 12th Anniversary

HOUSTON — The National Pharmacy Technician Association, America’s leading voice of the pharmacy technician, today celebrated 12 years of progress towards the advancement of pharmacy technician professionals across the country.

In 1999, NPTA began with three pharmacy technicians and a vision of connections and opportunity for pharmacy technicians. NPTA since has blossomed into the world’s largest pharmacy technician trade association, an international community of over 46,000 pharmacy technician members, students and supporters.

“What makes NPTA such a strong organization is the way it connects people,” said NPTA founder and CEO Mike Johnston, CPhT. “By building these important connections between pharmacy technicians and industry leaders, policymakers, national and even international associations, we’ve been able to break barriers and create advancement opportunities for pharmacy technicians that would have been impossible ten years ago.”

Over the last 12 years, NPTA has seen success in its education, training and advocacy efforts, and 2010 was no exception. NPTA strengthened relations with state boards of pharmacy across the country, the U.S. Pharmacopeia and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NPTA launched a new ACPE-accredited training course in the proper handling of hazardous, chemotherapy drugs. The course has emerged as one of the association’s most popular programs to date. NPTA offered guidance and input to national media outlets, such as ABC News and Reader’s Digest, and it was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Largest Houston-Area Trade and Professional Organizations.

In 2010, NPTA increased its outreach to pharmacy technicians through social media with pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and with a new blog CPhTCentral.com. In just one year, NPTA has built the largest active online community of pharmacy technicians.NPTA’s Facebook page alone has over 17,000 fans.

In the future, NPTA will focus on strengthening its membership base and creating unified training requirements for pharmacy technicians across America. One of our most important projects involves creating a national version of Ohio’s Emily’s Law. Emily’s Law was named after two-year-old Emily Jerry, who died when she received a lethal concentration of sodium chloride because of a medication error by a pharmacy technician. Ohio Senator Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland) and NPTA representatives drafted the law, and it was ratified in 2009. A national version of Emily’s Law would set mandatory training requirements for pharmacy technicians in the United States.

“Pharmacy technicians are a critical part of the pharmacy team. For them to be the most effective team members and for the overall safety of patients in America, we need to set a national standard on training and education,” Johnston said.“A national standard will help pharmacy technicians better serve patients, and it will help prevent medication errors like the one that took Emily’s life.”
 
About NPTA

The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA), which was founded in 1999, is the largest non-profit trade association for pharmacy technicians in the world. The association represents over 30,000 individuals practicing in a variety of settings, such as retail pharmacy, health-system pharmacy, independent pharmacy, federal pharmacy services, purchasing, education and management. NPTA is the leading provider of accredited continuing education programs for Certified Pharmacy Technicians and offers advanced certifications in Sterile Products, Chemotherapy and Compounding. The association is committed to advancing the roles of pharmacy technicians to reduce medication errors and advocates for mandatory/standardized technician education, certification and registration. For more information on NPTA, call 888-247-8700 or visit http://www.pharmacytechnician.org/.
 

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Kristina Michel
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