PTCB to update PTCE blueprint
WASHINGTON — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board announced the update of the pharmacy technician certification exam blueprint.
While much of the PTCE’s content remains unchanged, the PTCB said the blueprint has been reorganized into nine domains, called "knowledge areas," each with a number of sub-domains. This organization gives the new blueprint a knowledge focus and conveys more information about the type and amount of content in the exam. The "knowledge areas" are:
Pharmacology for technicians;
Pharmacy law and regulations;
Sterile and nonsterile compounding;
Pharmacy quality assurance;
Medication order entry and fill process;
Pharmacy inventory management;
Pharmacy billing and reimbursement; and
Pharmacy information systems usage and application.
The changes to the PTCE blueprint were prompted by results of a PTCB Job Analysis Study (completed in February) — in which more than 25,000 pharmacy technicians from every state and practice setting participated — identified the entry level knowledge and skills needed to perform tasks that are most important to protecting public health. From there, a panel of expert pharmacists and pharmacy technicians used the findings to develop the revised PTCE blueprint.
"Developing and maintaining an exam for pharmacy technicians that is psychometrically sound and meets standards for validity remains PTCB’s greatest mission," PTCB executive director and CEO Everett McAllister said. "We remain committed to routinely evaluating the evolution of technician responsibilities to create a product that effectively measures knowledge across pharmacy practice settings."
It is anticipated that the PTCE will reflect the new blueprint starting in mid-2013. No changes will be made to the length of the exam, or the number or type of exam questions, the PTCB noted.
Board games based on ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ ‘The Hobbit’ to hit retail
NEW YORK — Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Pressman Toy have teamed up to bring to market new games based on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the upcoming film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
The deluxe The Lord of the Rings game incorporates story elements from all three fan-favorite films — "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Similarly, the new The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey game is based on the upcoming film, directed by Peter Jackson and produced by New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which set to be released on Dec. 14.
Pressman Toy’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey board game and The Lord of the Rings board game-deluxe version will be available for purchase at mass and specialty retail locations this fall. Warner Bros. Consumer Products said the new games "capture the essence of the films and give fans the chance to engage and interact with many of their favorite cinematic moments."
Walgreens appoints chief medical officer of Take Care Health Systems Consumer Solutions Group
DEERFIELD Ill. — Walgreens has announced the appointment of Alan London as chief medical officer of Take Care Health Systems Consumer Solutions Group.
In the newly created position, London will have leadership responsibility in building and maintaining external physician and health system relationships for Take Care Clinics while also providing strategic direction and leadership for the group’s service expansion, quality, clinical education and training, and collaborative practice agreement functions. London joined Walgreens on May 21.
“We are thrilled to appoint Dr. London as chief medical officer of the Consumer Solutions Group,” stated Jeffrey Kang, Walgreens SVP of pharmacy, health and wellness services and solutions. “We are confident his team-based, collaborative approach to health care and his diverse clinical and business background will prove him a valuable asset to Walgreens and Take Care Health. We look forward to his leadership as we diversify our service offerings, expand connections with managed care providers and continue to develop affordable and convenient ways of helping patients stay well.”
London is a family physician with more than three decades of experience in patient care delivery, healthcare strategy and business development. He has worked within the managed care contracting and risk management fields, while also spending extensive time in the hospital and healthcare system setting, serving at the Cleveland Clinic for 12 years.
Most recently, London was the president of the London Group International, a firm providing healthcare solutions for health systems, insurers, governments, physicians and the investment community. He is a co-founder of two healthcare companies, Clinically Home and MX.com.