Improve Your Product Verification Skills and Knowledge with freeCE's PTCB-Recognized Specialty Certificate Program
easily complete all PTCB-required training in our convenient & on-demand format
freeCE offers pharmacy technicians the flexibility to complete this Product Verification training at their own pace. This 5-credit program is broken into 8 live & on-demand modules. Once learners pass the final exam, and if you're a PTCB-certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), you'll have the option to apply for PTCB's Product Verification Exam.
Pharmacy technicians play an important role in the dispensing process in the pharmacy. As pharmacists’ roles transition to more clinically-focused tasks, technicians have an opportunity to assume expanded roles and responsibilities, including technician product verification (TPV). This series will focus on equipping the technician with necessary skills for product verification, including knowledge of common medications, calculations, dosage forms and routes of administration, medication safety, and legal issues pertaining to TPV.
This 5-credit PTCB-Recognized training program has been built into an eight-module certificate, designed to train pharmacy technicians on product verification (TPV). This specialty certificate was developed on the blueprint for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Medication History Certificate, and pharmacy technicians who complete this certificate training program will be prepared to sit for that assessment.
Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Product Verification and Literature Review During the presentation, the speaker will introduce the topic of technology assisted pharmacy technician product verification. A broad overview of the topic and its history, including published jurisdictional successes over 40+ years will be presented. In addition, the module will cover practice model examples in various sectors, providing an evidence-based approach and philosophy for how to broach this topic. Published literature, safety data, and other outcomes will be discussed and presented for learners to consider and digest. The learner should take away an introductory understanding after completing this module.
Pharmacy Technicians: Heading into the Future Pharmacy technicians work in all sectors of pharmacy and are involved in a wide variety of activities that support the work of the pharmacist and the workflow of the pharmacy. Their role is essential to the life and work of the pharmacy and is defined primarily by state laws. This educational session will explore the different types of pharmacy technician and their current range of duties, and will educate attendees on expanded activities permitted and sought for pharmacy technicians, including technician product verification or tech-check-tech. Finally, this session will help learners understand the principles of legal liability that pharmacy technicians face while carrying out their duties.
Technician Product Verification Calculations Calculations are a critical component of pharmacy practice, and yet so many technicians struggle with this area of study. Within this module, pharmacy technicians will learn the fundamentals of measurement in the field of pharmacy as well as the concept and appropriate application of the ratio-proportion methodology that can be used to find the solution to any math problem they will encounter. An emphasis on logic and critical thinking will be reviewed rather than relying on memorization and using a formulaic approach to problems.
Common Medications This session seeks to explore the common medications that are dispensed in pharmacy. The ability to recognize high risk drugs, drugs with narrow therapeutic indexes, and look-alike-sound-alike drugs is crucial to the process of safe prescription and product verification. The session further explores drugs which require special dispensing, such as in original packaging or refrigerated drugs.
Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration This session differentiates the different dosage forms, and by which route they are administered. The ability to distinguish between these dosage forms is critical to ensuring the proper medication is dispensed to patients.
Equipment and Supplies This session details diabetic supplies, syringes, and auto-injectors and how to use them. This session also reviews Medicare Part B regulations and prescription requirements when dispensing these items.
Product Verification Process This session details the steps of TPV and reviews best practices. This session will also review how to apply the steps in a practice setting.
Error Prevention/Reporting/Rx Components and Requirements This session will explore the impact of medication errors and events. This session will also review how to identify medication errors and events, typical reporting procedures, and the benefits of reporting. Further, this session will detail the requirements of a valid prescription for controlled substances, Medicare, and regulatory boards.
Deeb Eid PharmD, RPh
Peter Cohron BS Pharm, JD
Sara Byars BS, CPhT
Meagan Betten PharmD
Some important notes to remember regarding the Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Product Verification (PTETPV) Certificate:
Registration costs $79 for members, $179 for non-members.
Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge. Learn more about badges here.
This program's final exam consists of 50 unique multiple-choice questions.
You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final exam.
You may not leave the final exam in the middle and return at a later time.
The final exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 5 credits upon final completion
You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certificate before it expires from your account.
This specialty certificate is NOT accredited for pharmacists or nurses.