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role of technician in pharmacists

Olufunmilola K Odukoya, Loren J Schleiden, Michelle A Chui
OBJECTIVES: It has been reported that supportive personnel, such as pharmacy technicians, are key participants in the use of health information technology. The purpose of this study was to describe how pharmacy technicians use e-prescribing and to explore the characteristics of technicians that support pharmacists in ensuring patient safety. METHODS: This was a qualitative study that used observations, interviews, and focus groups to understand the role of pharmacy technicians in e-prescribing...
December 2015: Pharmacy (Basel)
Jennifer L Evans, Ellen M Gladd, Alicia C Gonzalez, Salman Tranam, Joni M Larrabee, Sarah E Lipphardt, Tina T Chen, Michael D Ronn, John Spain
OBJECTIVES: To describe the creation of a clinical pharmacy technician position within the U.S. Army and to identify the personal skills and characteristics required to meet the demands of this role. SETTING: An outpatient military treatment facility located in Maryland. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: The clinical pharmacy technician position was designed to support clinical pharmacy services within a patient-centered medical home. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Funding and a position description were established to hire a clinical pharmacy technician...
September 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Ellen C Rubin, Radhika Pisupati, Steven F Nerenberg
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of a pharmacy technician-collected medication history pilot program in the emergency department. This was completed by reviewing all elements of the technician activity by direct observation and by verifying the technician-collected medication list through a second phone call by a pharmacist to the outpatient pharmacy. METHODS: This was a retrospective, single-center study conducted from March to April 2015...
May 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Elise M Gilbert, Lana Gerzenshtein
PURPOSE: The integration of specialty pharmacy services and existing outpatient clinical pharmacy services within an infectious diseases (ID) clinic to optimize the care of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is described. SUMMARY: The management of HIV-infected patients is a highly specialized area of practice, often requiring use of complex medication regimens for reduction of HIV-associated morbidity and mortality prophylaxis and treatment of opportunistic infections, and prevention of HIV transmission...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Judith Jacobi, Shaunta' Ray, Ilya Danelich, Elizabeth Dodds Ashley, Stephen Eckel, Roy Guharoy, Michael Militello, Paul O'Donnell, Teena Sam, Stephanie M Crist, Danielle Smidt
This paper describes the goals of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) and its recommendations for health-system pharmacy practice transformation to meet future patient care needs and elevate the role of pharmacists as patient care providers. PPMI envisions a future in which pharmacists have greater responsibility for medication-related outcomes and technicians assume greater responsibility for product-related activities. Although the PPMI recommendations have elevated the level of practice in many settings, they also potentially affect existing clinical pharmacists, in general, and clinical pharmacy specialists, in particular...
May 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Douglas C Anderson, Juanita A Draime, Timothy S Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To describe pharmacy technician training programs in the United States and to compare pharmacy technician program characteristics between programs with and without a pharmacist on faculty and between programs with different accreditation status. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Not applicable. PARTICIPANTS: United States pharmacy technician programs. INTERVENTION: Not applicable...
May 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Theresa J Schindel, Nese Yuksel, Rene Breault, Jason Daniels, Stanley Varnhagen, Christine A Hughes
BACKGROUND: Alberta was the first province in Canada to enact legislative changes to permit expansion of pharmacists' scope of practice, including allowing pharmacists to prescribe. However, such changes to the scope of practice can blur professional boundaries and obscure the roles of pharmacists. Understanding perceptions about the pharmacist's role may provide insight into recent and historical changes in pharmacy practice. This study clarifies perceptions held by pharmacists and other stakeholders concerning the role of the pharmacist in society...
March 16, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Asa Auta, Barry Strickland-Hodge, Julia Maz
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: In Nigeria, a shift from the traditional pharmacists' role of dispensing and compounding of medications began in the 1980s with the introduction of drug information services and unit dose-dispensing systems in some hospitals. More than three decades after this, clinical pharmacy practice is still underdeveloped. This study was conducted to explore stakeholders' views on the barriers to the development of clinical pharmacy practice in Nigerian hospitals...
October 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Nancy A Haug, Jennifer Bielenberg, Steven H Linder, Anna Lembke
BACKGROUND: As opioid overdose rates continue to pose a major public health crisis, the need for naloxone treatment by emergency first responders is critical. Little is known about the views of those who administer naloxone. The current study examines attitudes of health professionals on the social media platform Twitter to better understand their perceptions of opioid users, the role of naloxone, and potential training needs. METHODS: Public comments on Twitter regarding naloxone were collected for a period of 3 consecutive months...
2016: Substance Abuse
Ellen I Schafheutle, Samuel D Jee, Sarah C Willis
BACKGROUND: To enable pharmacists to become increasingly patient-centered, clinical professionals, they need to work with suitably trained and competent support staff; pharmacy technicians (PTs) may be the most appropriate to take on additional roles and responsibilities. However, clarity on PT roles, particularly in community pharmacy, is lacking, and pharmacists may be reluctant to delegate due to concerns over PTs' competence. OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to explore the fitness for purpose of PT education and training in Great Britain...
December 30, 2015: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
James E Bailey, Satya Surbhi, Paula C Bell, Angel M Jones, Sahar Rashed, Michael O Ugwueke
OBJECTIVES: To describe the design, implementation, and early experience of the SafeMed program, which uses certified pharmacy technicians in a novel expanded role as community health workers (CPhT-CHWs) to improve transitions of care. SETTING: A large nonprofit health care system serving the major medically underserved areas and geographic hotspots for readmissions in Memphis, TN. PRACTICE INNOVATION: The SafeMed program is a care transitions program with an emphasis on medication management designed to use low-cost health workers to improve transitions of care from hospital to home for superutilizing patients with multiple chronic conditions and polypharmacy...
January 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Fay Bradley, Sarah C Willis, Peter R Noyce, Ellen I Schafheutle
BACKGROUND: Broadening the range of services provided through community pharmacy increases workloads for pharmacists that could be alleviated by reconfiguring roles within the pharmacy team. OBJECTIVES: To examine pharmacists' and pharmacy technicians (PTs)' perceptions of how safe it would be for support staff to undertake a range of pharmacy activities during a pharmacist's absence. Views on supervision, support staff roles, competency and responsibility were also sought...
September 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
S N Egorova, T Akhmetova
BACKGROUND: The number of pharmacies, which produce drug formulations locally, has recently considerably reduced in Russia. Pharmacies mainly operate as retailers of industrially manufactured drugs.Pharmaceutical consultation of customers at pharmacies aimed at responsible self-medication is the most popular and accessible feature of pharmaceutical care. In Russia there is a significant list of medicines approved for sale in pharmacies on a non-prescription basis that is specified in the product label...
2015: International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine
Patti Napier, Pauline Norris, James Green, Rhiannon Braund
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the opinions of pharmacists and technicians regarding the ability of New Zealand technicians to take on an advanced checking technician role. METHODS: A survey was developed to investigate the opinions regarding the introduction of this new role. The questions covered are: perceived ability to take on the role, training requirements and competence. Surveys were sent to pharmacists whose contact details are available for research purposes (n = 2095) and to all pharmacies in New Zealand (both community and hospital) for the attention of technicians (n = 858)...
April 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Peter Batra, Mary L Aquilino, Karen B Farris
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pharmacy staff perspectives of a 2-year pharmacy intervention aimed at reducing unintended pregnancy in 18- to 30-year-old women. DESIGN: Pharmacy staff completed a 48-item, self-administered paper survey consisting of scaled and open-ended questions. SETTING: 55 community pharmacies in 12 Iowa counties. PARTICIPANTS: All pharmacy staff participated, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy employees...
September 2015: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
L Lalande, C Bertin, C Rioufol, P Boleor, D Cabelguenne
OBJECTIVES: In the prisons of Lyon, drug management of inmates implies cooperation between general practitioners, psychiatrists and pharmacists. All the medical prescriptions are reviewed by the pharmacists of the medical unit. The aim of this work was to synthesize the pharmaceutical interventions performed and show the implication of the pharmaceutical staff in detecting and handling prescribing errors. METHODS: Pharmaceutical interventions performed between the 1st of June 2012 and the 31st December 2014 and entered in the Act-IP(®) database (SFPC) were retrospectively analyzed...
March 2016: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
Asa Auta, Julia Maz, Barry Strickland-Hodge
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, hospital pharmacists' roles have been associated with dispensing medications prescribed by doctors and offering advice about medicines to patients and other healthcare professionals. In England, significant changes in the structure of hospital pharmacy practice began in the 1970s and currently hospital pharmacists are undertaking a number of advanced roles including prescribing. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the facilitators to change in hospital pharmacy practice in England in order to identify lessons that might assist in the potential changes needed in other countries for extended clinical roles...
December 2015: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Richard Wanbon, Catherine Lyder, Eric Villeneuve, Stephen Shalansky, Leslie Manuel, Melanie Harding
BACKGROUND: As of 2015, Accreditation Canada's Qmentum program expects emergency departments (EDs) to initiate medication reconciliation for 2 groups of patients: (1) those with a decision to admit and (2) those without a decision to admit who meet the criteria of a risk-based, health care organization-defined selection process. Pharmacist-led best possible medication histories (BPMHs) obtained in the ED are considered more complete and accurate than BPMHs obtained by other ED providers, with pharmacy technicians obtaining BPMHs as effectively as do pharmacists...
May 2015: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Richard Wanbon, Catherine Lyder, Eric Villeneuve, Stephen Shalansky, Leslie Manuel, Melanie Harding
BACKGROUND: Providing clinical pharmacy services in emergency departments (EDs) is important because adverse drug events commonly occur before, during, and after ED encounters. Survey studies in the United States have indicated a relatively low presence of clinical pharmacy services in the ED setting, but a descriptive survey specific to Canada has not yet been performed. OBJECTIVES: To describe the current status of pharmacy services in Canadian EDs and potential barriers to implementing pharmacy services in this setting...
May 2015: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Carol Chan, Renée Woo, Winnie Seto, Sandra Pong, Tessie Gilhooly, Jennifer Russell
BACKGROUND: Medication reconciliation reduces potential medication discrepancies and adverse drug events. The role of pharmacy technicians in obtaining best possible medication histories (BPMHs) and performing reconciliation at the admission and transfer interfaces of care for pediatric patients has not been described. OBJECTIVES: To compare the completeness and accuracy of BPMHs and reconciliation conducted by a pharmacy technician (pilot study) and by nurses and/or pharmacists (baseline)...
January 2015: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
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