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PTCB Extends March 2013 Recertification Deadline until April 30

Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) due to recertify by March 31, 2013 will remain in “active” status during April, and automatically receive an additional 30 days, until April 30, to submit their recertification appl... Read More

PTCB Announces Certification Program Changes

WASHINGTON, DC — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announces future changes to the PTCB Certification Program. The new changes will advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for national certi... Read More

Call for Annual Meeting Presentation Proposals

Members of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists are invited to submit a proposal for the ICHP 2013 Annual Meeting, taking place September 19-21, 2013 at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Below is a list of potential... Read More

Board of Pharmacy Update - Highlights from the January 2013 Meeting

The January 8th Board of Pharmacy Meeting was held at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. These are the highlights of that meeting. Board of Pharmacy Vacancy – One public member vacancy remains on the Board with the resignation of Joe C... Read More

Directly Speaking - Board Certification: The Great Equalizer

There’s been a lot of discussion lately relating to pharmacy credentialing, and I thought as an “old-timer” I should finally weigh in. My guess is that most of you that read this column have yet to go out onto the ASHP Connect P... Read More

President's Message - Communicate and Be Heard

Over the holidays I got a chance to go to the movie theater. My extended family was in from out of town and stayed at our house, so it was good to get out with everyone and go to a large movie complex so everyone could select the movie they wante... Read More

The GAS From Springfield - Shootout at the Not OK Corral!

During the infamous 2013 “Lame Duck Session” of the 97th General Assembly, not much really happened. Yes, illegal immigrants can obtain a driver’s license, and yes a gaming bill passed and awaits a potential Governor’s vet... Read More

Recent Drug Shortages

CDC by way of the Illinois Department of  Public Health has provided guidance on two shortage situations.  Antivirals for fighting the current flu epidemic and what to when you run out of Diazepam and Atropine with no supply alternatives.&nbs... Read More

Directly Speaking - Medication Errors: They're Everyone's Business

The fallout from the New England Compounding Center contaminated products continues to reign down on pharmacy across the nation and here in Illinois. While I wouldn’t call that problem a true medication error, in several ways it is. More importan... Read More

President's Message - Keep Moving Forward

Ever since the movie “Jaws” came out years ago, I have had a healthy respect for (alright, let’s be honest, a dreaded fear of) sharks. My favorite vacation spot generally includes a sunny warm beach near a body of salt water in which ... Read More

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