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What is on the Pharmacy Technician Exam





Updated: 2018-03-07T13:46:24.638-05:00

 



What the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Says:

2012-03-04T02:11:10.056-05:00

The following is an excerpt from PTCB.org on exactly what they test on.I. Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients (66% of exam) A.Receive prescription/medication order(s) from patient/patient’s representative, prescriber, or other healthcare professionalAccept new prescription/medication order from patient/patient’s representative, prescriber, or other healthcare professionalAccept new prescription/medication order electronically (for example, by telephone, fax, or electronic transmission)Accept refill request from patient/patient’s representativeAccept refill authorization from prescriber or other healthcare professional electronically (for example, by telephone, fax, or electronic transmission)Contact prescriber/originator for clarification of prescription/medication order refillPerform/accept transfer of prescription/medication order(s) B.Assist the pharmacist in accordance with federal rules and regulations in obtaining from the patient/patient’s representative such information as diagnosis or desired therapeutic outcome, disease state, medication history (including over-the-counter [OTC] medications and dietary supplements), allergies, adverse reactions, medical history and other relevant patient information, physical disability, and payor information (including both self-pay and third party reimbursement) C.Assist the pharmacist in accordance with federal rules and regulations in obtaining from prescriber, other healthcare professionals, and/or the medical record such information as diagnosis or desired therapeutic outcome, disease state, medication history (including [OTC] medications and dietary supplements), allergies, adverse reactions, medical history and other relevant patient information, physical disability, and payor information (including both self-pay and third party reimbursement) D.Collect and communicate patient-specific data (for example, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol levels, therapeutic drug levels, immunizations) to assist the pharmacist in monitoring patient outcomes E.Collect and communicate data related to restricted drug distribution programs (for example, thalidomide, isotretinoin, and clozapine) F.Collect and communicate data related to investigational drugs G.Assess prescription or medication order for completeness (for example, patient's name and address), accuracy, authenticity, legality, and reimbursement eligibility H.Update the medical record/patient profile with such information as medication history (including [OTC] medications and dietary supplements), disease states, compliance/adherence patterns, allergies, medication duplication, and/or drug-disease, drug-drug, drug-laboratory, drug-dietary supplement and/or OTC, and drug-food interactions I.Assist the patient/patient's representative in choosing the best payment assistance plan if multiple plans are available to patient J.Process a prescription/medication orderEnter prescription/medication order information onto patient profileSelect the appropriate product(s) for dispensing (for example, brand names, generic substitutes, therapeutic substitutes, formulary restrictions)Obtain pharmaceuticals, durable and non-durable medical equipment, devices, and supplies (including hazardous substances, controlled substances, and investigational products) from inventoryCalculate quantity and days supply of finished dosage forms for dispensingMeasure or count quantity of finished dosage forms for dispensingProcess and handle radiopharmaceuticalsPerform calculations for radiopharmaceuticalsProcess and handle chemotherapeutic medications commercially available in finished dosage forms (for example, Efudex, mercaptopurine)Perform calculations for oral chemotherapeutic medicationsProcess and handle investigational productsPackage finished dosage forms (for example, blister pack, robotic/automated dispensing vial)Affix label(s) and auxiliary label(s) to container(s)Assemble patient information materials (for example, drug info[...]