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      Jessica Langley

      Executive Director of Education and Provider Markets, NHA

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      Pharmacy Technicians Called on Again for Upcoming Flu Season

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2021

      On August 4, 2021, the Biden administration expanded the authority of pharmacy technicians under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to allow pharmacy technicians to administer adult flu vaccines during the 2021-2022 flu season.  

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      NHA Hosts Congressional Caucus on CTE Health Science Programs, Pathways

      Posted by Jessica Langley on June 2021

      On June 16th, NHA had the honor of hosting a Congressional Career and Technician Education Caucus briefing in Washington D.C. with key representatives across the country. It was exciting to share information about how health science pathways make up the largest career cluster in Career Technical Education, having served over 1 million concentrators in the 2019/20 school year, and how the healthcare industry remains at the core of our nation’s economic success, even post-pandemic.  

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      California Governor signs Executive Order to issue waivers permitting pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to conduct CLIA-waived COVID-19 tests

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2020

      Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order to help increase the availability of CLIA-waived COVID-19 testing and address a variety of issues in response to the pandemic.

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      NHA Launches Coalition for the Advancement of Pharmacy Technician Practice

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2020

      The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has formed a unique, nationwide Pharmacy Technician Coalition. The coalition is focused solely on bringing pharmacy technician organizations, industry leaders, and associations together to advocate for and implement changes to expand the role of certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT), allowing them to help with needs during COVID-19. As pharmacies continue to provide more direct patient care services and are faced with increased workload during the pandemic, CPhTs have an opportunity to help with some of the pharmacists’ duties, to be more efficient in delivering patient care.

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      NHA Sponsors Groundbreaking Research on Opioid Use Disorder

      Posted by Jessica Langley on August 2020

      The US has seen a sharp increase in total death due to the opioid overdose in recent years, with 70,200 overdoses alone in 2017. Nationwide, some states have been disproportionately affected by opioid addiction that resulted in a different rate of death. Pharmacy technicians along with pharmacists are the front line in receiving prescriptions and dispensing medication assisted therapy (MAT). Previous studies have detailed the expanding role of pharmacist involvement in substance abuse treatment and recovery. Despite often being the first point of interaction in community pharmacy, little is known about pharmacy technicians’ views and roles in reducing stigma when patients receive medication assisted therapy (MAT).  

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      Virginia Approves Amends Language Relating to Pharmacy Technicians

      Posted by Jessica Langley on April 2020

      Recently the Governor of Virginia approved amended language regarding pharmacy technicians. This new legislation becomes law on July 1, 2020. The most substantial changes were made to the registration requirements for technicians going forward (currently registered pharm techs are exempted).

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      Minnesota Pharmacy Technician Training Requirements

      Posted by Jessica Langley on April 2020

      As of January 1, 2014, the Board no longer renews the registration of a pharmacy technician who was initially registered after January 1, 2013, or who was initially registered prior to that date but did not maintain continuous registration unless the individual has completed a pharmacy technician training program. There are several types of training programs that will be acceptable, including:

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      14 states can efficiently grant temporary or emergency licensure for Pharmacy Technicians

      Posted by Jessica Langley on April 2020

      Temporary or emergency licensure can be facilitated via the NABP Passport for Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technicians. The Passport is a temporary authorization that facilitates pharmacists and pharmacy technicians practicing in another state. The program was developed in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and it allows states to efficiently grant temporary or emergency licensure. Boards of Pharmacy can leverage the NABP passport in two ways:

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      NHA Sponsors University of Tennessee Groundbreaking Research on Pharmacy Technician Perceptions of Opioid Use Disorder

      Posted by Jessica Langley on March 2020

      The US has seen a sharp increase in total death due to the opioid overdose in recent years, with 70,200 overdoses alone in 2017. Nationwide, some states have been disproportionately affected by opioid addiction that resulted in a different rate of death. Pharmacy technicians along with pharmacists are the front line in receiving prescriptions and dispensing medication assisted therapy (MAT). Previous studies have detailed the expanding role of pharmacist involvement in substance abuse treatment and recovery. Despite often being the first point of interaction in community pharmacy, little is known about pharmacy technicians’ views and roles in reducing stigma when patients receive medication assisted therapy (MAT). 

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      NHA and Pharmacy Times Partner for Pharmacy Technician Advocacy

      Posted by Jessica Langley on March 2020

      NHA, the leader in allied health certification, preparation and training, and Pharmacy Times®, a leading multimedia resource in today's pharmacy market have partnered to collaborate on advocacy initiatives that support the pharmacy technician profession. Together they will work to gain a better understanding of the needs and priorities of pharmacy technicians and to establish and grow industry partnerships and advocates that enable the pharmacy technician workforce to better serve patients and advance their career. Collaborative efforts will include the creation of a pharmacy technician specific supplement that focuses on career growth, industry trends, and market dynamics. They will also work together to develop the first ever pharmacy technician online resource center providing unlimited access to technicians training resources, news and events, thought leadership, and continuing education topics.

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