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9/6/2000
Press Release

ASHP Releases New Publications to Help Pharmacy Technicians Achieve Certification

As part of its continuing commitment to helping pharmacy technicians improve their skills, ASHP has released a newly revised, second edition of the Manual for Pharmacy Technicians and a new study guide to help them prepare for the certification exam.

The Manual for Pharmacy Technicians, updated to include more than 300 pages of comprehensive information, is a valuable reference for technicians working in all practice settings. The manual contains new chapters on pharmacologic actions of medications, drug information, ambulatory pharmacy practice, and home care pharmacy practice. The manual also features a new glossary defining important terms, new learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, and self-assessment sections to help users measure what they have learned at the chapter's end. 

ASHP's second publication for technicians, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Review and Practice Exam, is designed to help technicians successfully prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Developed in cooperation with the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, this thorough study guide is organized to reflect the functional areas defined in PTCB's candidate handbook. Topics include pharmacy law, medication order and prescription interpretation, pharmaceutical calculations, drug distribution, and more. The book also includes a mock exam, a chart of commonly prescribed medications, and test-taking strategies. 

A third resource available from ASHP is the 1998 Pharmacy Technician Training Program Directory. The directory identifies technician training programs throughout the U.S. and contains detailed program descriptions and application deadlines. 

For more information about the Manual for Pharmacy Technicians, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Review and Practice Exam, and the 1998 Pharmacy Technician Training Program Directory, or to place an order, call ASHP Customer Service at (301) 657-4383 or fax to 1-800-665-2747. Orders may also be placed via the internet at custserv@ashp.org or through ASHP's web site at www.ashp.org. The Manual for Pharmacy Technicians, Second Edition, is available for $55 for ASHP members and $69 for non-members. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Review and Practice Exam is available for $30 for ASHP members and $38 for non-members. These books can be ordered together at a discount price of $80 for ASHP members and $100 for non-members. The 1998 Pharmacy Technician Training Program Directory is available at no charge. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacy staff who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacy is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting members in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.