PHARMACY

PTCB, METC prepare federal pharmacy technicians for success

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy technicians certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board maximize their training experiences at the Department of Defense Military Education and Training Campus in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the PTCB said.

Prior to graduating, students in the METC Pharmacy Technician Training Program are encouraged to take the PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and gain national recognition as certified pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy techs trained at the METC work in pharmacies operated by the federal government and the military.

“Certification and the expansion of responsibilities and skill sets have empowered pharmacy technicians to practice in groundbreaking areas within the federal pharmacy system,” PTCB executive director and CEO Melissa Murer Corrigan said. “Of the 400,000 pharmacy technicians PTCB has certified since 1995, we are honored that many of these pharmacy technicians are part of the world’s best military healthcare personnel supporting the nation.”

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Mississippi Pharmacy Practice Act signed into law

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently signed into law the Mississippi Pharmacy Practice Act, which establishes oversight of pharmacy benefit managers (defined as nonresident pharmacies) by the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.

The law goes into effect July 1.

“Our hope is that other states will follow this approach, because it will ensure that a premium is placed on transparency and fairness and not the size of PBMs’ profit margins,” stated Douglas Hoey, EVP and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, in response to the bill’s passing. “It makes sense to have PBMs subject to board of pharmacy oversight, since pharmacists, drug manufacturers and distributors are already under their control.”

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Merck closer to acquiring Inspire

BY Alaric DeArment

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck has cleared a hurdle in its effort to buy eye care company Inspire Pharmaceuticals for $430 million, the company said Thursday.

The expiration of the waiting period mandated by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 brings Merck one step closer to acquiring Inspire.

Merck announced its intention to buy Raleigh, N.C.-based Inspire for $5 per share on April 15.

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