DSN, VaxServe launch immunization resource site for pharm techs
As pharmacist-provided clinical services continue to expand, the role of the technician also is expanding. Immunization delivery is now an expected offering in most community pharmacies. To support the additional responsibilities of the technician, Drug Store News has partnered with VaxServe to develop a set of immunization resources specifically for pharmacy technicians.
The primary goal of the new DSN Immunization Tools for Technicians site is to empower technicians to take a proactive role in supporting pharmacy-based immunization delivery services and ultimately the patients who benefit from preventive care provided by pharmacists. Pharmacy technicians can play a critical role in ensuring adherence to immunization policies and procedures, ordering and maintaining supplies and vaccines, increasing awareness of the need and availability of immunizations, and referring patients for counseling and immunization administration sessions with the pharmacist.
Resources, which will be updated frequently, currently include four free Quick Credit CPE lessons:
- Strains and products: Influenza vaccines for 2016–2017;
- Vaccine Storage and Handling;
- Vaccine Supplies and Safety; and
- Advocating for Immunizations: Technician Voices for Vaccines.
For more information, please visit DrugStoreNewsCE.com/Immunization-Tools-For-Technicians.
Thrifty White named 2016 Pharmacy Innovator
DSN has named Thrifty White Pharmacy its 2016 Pharmacy Innovator award winner. DSN publisher Eric Savitch and editor in chief/associate publisher Rob Eder presented the award to Thrifty White president and CEO Bob Narveson, COO Tim Weippert and key members of the company’s pharmacy leadership team at an exclusive reception at Minneapolis’ Butcher and the Boar restaurant.
(To read more about this year's Pharmacy Innovator award recipient, click here.)
The award, presented annually by the editors and publishers of DSN, honors a retail pharmacy company, pharmacy executive or pharmacy team for contributions that have helped to advance the practice of pharmacy, expand the role of the community pharmacist and/or to help improve patient care and drive better health outcomes.
“By that measure, there are few companies that have done more to advance the pharmacy profession than Thrifty White,” Eder explained. “The work it has done to pioneer medication synchronization is a perfect example; the appointment-based model is enabling Thrifty White’s pharmacists to practice at the top of their license, optimizing pharmacist-patient engagement and improving medication adherence.”