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  • 09/08/2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PTCB Awards Funding To Advance Pharmacy Technician Roles in Immunization 

    Connecticut and Arkansas Health-System Pharmacists’ Associations Receive PTCB Grants

    The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the leading credentialing organization for pharmacy technicians, has awarded grants to support technician training in immunization administration to the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) and the Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists (AAHP). 

    “Advancing the role of technicians as immunizers expands public access to vaccines, creates opportunities for technicians to specialize, and allows them to contribute more to their pharmacy team,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO William Schimmel. “And training more technicians to administer vaccines means pharmacists have more time to engage patients in clinical or other services.” 

    The grant to CSHP will help fund technician training in immunization schedules, management and storage of vaccine supplies and doses, use of personal protective equipment, and safe delivery of immunizations directly to patients. The grant will also help pay program fees to alleviate financial burdens for technicians seeking career advancement.

    AAHP will use the grant to provide scholarships to technicians completing Arkansas’ required training in vaccine administration. The grant promotes medication safety by helping ensure uniformity across the training process. To complete the course, technicians fulfill state requirements to be authorized to immunize, including demonstrating proper administration of intramuscular and subcutaneous injections. Pharmacy technicians in Arkansas gained authorization to administer vaccinations in March.


  • 03/22/2021 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 01/04/2021 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Paul Pierpaoli. CSHP's major annual award is named after Dr. Pierpaoli, who was a hospital pharmacy leader for many years. We were fortunate to have him practice in CT for several years.

    Link to the Obituary

    Link to ASHP notice

  • 12/16/2020 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a historic week as we have seen photos and news stories of vaccines arriving at hospitals and health systems across the country, and providers and patients receiving the very first COVID-19 vaccines.

    As you receive, prepare, and administer the vaccine, ASHP would be grateful for the opportunity to help recognize the significant role that you and your team members are playing in what will be one of the largest public health initiatives our country has ever undertaken.

    If you have photos or video from these activities and would like to share them with ASHP to tell the story of pharmacy’s role, please send them to newscenter@ashp.org.  Also, please send any links to local news stories featuring pharmacy or if there are any social media posts that you would like us to recognize.

    Thank you for your efforts with all you are doing for your colleagues, patients, and public health through COVID-19 vaccinations!   

    Anne Policastri, PharmD, MBA
    ASHP Director of Affiliate Relations

  • 12/11/2020 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PTCB Rolls Out Advanced Certification (CPhT-Adv) for Experienced Technicians

    PTCB has launched their Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT-Adv) credential for qualified CPhTs seeking to climb higher on their career ladder. CPhTs who meet the requirements can claim theirs now. Read the full story

  • 12/11/2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CONTACT: Lisa Capobianco, Vice President, Operations
    (860)563 4619  lcapobianco@ctpharmacists.org
    Connecticut Pharmacists Gear Up to Administer COVID 19 Vaccines As Hospital Health Systems Are Strained By COVID

    In preparation for the first shipments of COVID 19 vaccine expected to arrive within the next few days, Connecticut’s health systems and hospitals are calling on immunization certified pharmacists to administer vaccinations, as nurses and physicians grapple with the wave of hospitalized COVID 19 patients, staff shortages, and treatment demands. Statewide, over 1,100 COVID patients are currently hospitalized.
    To address this unprecedented challenge, qualified Connecticut pharmacists from every
    practice setting and career stage, including advanced students and retirees, are gearing up to
    serve on the front-lines of this immunization effort On Tuesday Governor Ned Lamont issued a
    new executive order authorizing Connecticut pharmacists to administer FDA approved or
    authorized COVID vaccine to patients over the age of 10 This order also allows pharmacists to
    administer flu vaccine approved by FDA for patients over age 10 under a healthcare providers
    “As vaccines become available, pharmacists will play a key role in providing immunization
    services, first in hospitals and care facilities, and then later to our communities,” said Nathan
    Tinker, CEO of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association ( “Whereas many healthcare
    providers do not receive much if any specific immunization instruction, pharmacists are required
    to undergo extensive training to administer immunizations, both during their graduate schooling
    and during their professional careers. Connecticut pharmacists who are certified immunizers
    also are required to complete annual updated continuing education, so they are well equipped
    to take on COVID 19 vaccinations.”
    Elizabeth Cohen, President of the Connecticut Society of Health System Pharmacists said, “As the most accessible health care providers, pharmacists are in a unique position to provide a wealth of valuable public health services and immunizations remain at the cornerstone of these services.” “Having pharmacists at the forefront of the COVID 19 immunization e fort will ensure that those who need the vaccine the most will receive one “
    Health system pharmacists are uniquely armed with the skills and tools to lead vaccine administration to healthcare personnel during the initial phase of COVID vaccine distribution in Connecticut said Kimberly Metcalf, Associate Vice President of Pharmacy and Ancillary Services of UConn Health. Pharmacists understand the intricacies involved with storing, tracking, distributing, preparing, administering, and documenting vaccine quickly and accurately. They also have a clinical knowledge of how the vaccine works and the importance of its utilization. The Profession is well poised to support this important public health initiative.”

  • 11/23/2020 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click to view "Assessing the role of tocilizumab in the treatment of COVID-19 patients at a community hospital" presented by Diana Costa, PharmD, Middlesex Health/USJ

    Click to view "Evaluation of adequate sedation and analgesia with the use of continuous infusion neuromuscular blocking agents across a health system" presented by Raymond Hau, PharmD, Lawrence Memorial Hospital

    Click to view "Kit Processing Software for Managing Emergency Kits: Setting Up for a Safer Process?" presented by Hannah Pamer, PharmD, The Hospital of Central Connecticut             

    Click to view "Impact of discharge medication reconciliation across a five hospital health system" presented by Bailey Thayer, PharmD Candidate 2021, University of Rhode Island

    Click to view The Use of Insulin Infusions for Severe Hypertriglyceridemia in an Acute Care Setting" presented by Myranda Williams, PharmD Candidate 2022, USJ School of Pharmacy

    Click to view "Evaluation of telephonic comprehensive medication management review and multi-dose medication packaging among geriatric patients" presented by William Wilson, PharmD, MCPHS University/ Apothecare

    Click to view "Measuring an emergency medicine pharmacist’s impact in an acute care community hospital" presented by May Zhang, PharmD Candidate 2022, UConn School of Pharmacy -->
  • 07/21/2020 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASHP is pleased to announce an introductory one-year ASHP membership to all first-year student pharmacists at no cost. The introductory membership includes resources designed to assist first-year student pharmacists with their career needs and aid in their personal and professional development. ASHP is committed to serving student pharmacists by preparing them for successful careers in hospital and health-system practice and equipping them with the skills to lead our profession into the future. This offer is available to all first-year students to enroll through the ASHP website or as part of membership drives conducted by their student societies.

  • 06/12/2020 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Andrew Fratoni
    2. Aaron Knopp
    3. Jillian Barrack

    Click for photos and all the details.

  • 06/02/2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASHP's new COVID Care Certified course prepares pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for managing clinical and operational challenges during the pandemic. The online course includes a variety of relevant, evidence-based resources and tools to care for patients in all stages of COVID-19, including those critically ill. It also addresses managing pharmacy staffing and workflow, as well as supply chain challenges. This course is free for ASHP members, with reduced rates for institutions and others. After completion, participants will receive documentation that they are COVID Care Certified by ASHP. 

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