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Sep 16, 2017

How long must PA Pharmacies maintain their original prescriptions?

How long must a PA pharmacy retain an original prescription?

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Sep 16, 2017

Days Supply Question - 480 ml solution: 15 ml by mouth every 6 hours as needed

What is the days supply in this question?

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Sep 15, 2017

What is the percentage strength of this NEW, Efudex-like compound?

Efudex cream is 5% flurouracil and is available in a 25 gram tube. What would be the new percentage strength if in the compounding lab, you added an additional

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Sep 15, 2017

Pharmacy Root Cause Analysis

Pharmacy Root Cause Analysis (RCA) - What is an RCA? How can it help PharmTechs and Save Lives?

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Sep 15, 2017

Controlled Substance Pharmacy Technician

Controlled Substance Pharmacy Technician - Responsibilities, Qualifications, A Day in the Life, and Work Advantages

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Sep 14, 2017

Take 1 tablet by mouth every 4 hours as needed for pain not to exceed 6 per day

How many tablets should I be prescribed for a 30-days supply? For Hydrocodone/ Acetaminophen 10mg-325mg? If I was prescribed a smaller amount is the physician

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Sep 12, 2017

Ratio/Concentration: 983mg in 250ml bag - 783mg is needed, how much volume do I remove?

I have 983mg in a 250 ml bag I need 783mg how much volume do I remove?

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Sep 10, 2017

Proportion Pharmacy Math Question using 70% Dextrose and Tic-Tac-Toe Board

You need 50 mL of 5% dextrose for a patient. You have 70% dextrose 1000 mL on hand. How much concentrate will you need? How much diluent?

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Sep 07, 2017

Air Force Pharmacy Technician 4POX1

Air Force Pharmacy Technician 4POX1: Requirements, Training/Basic School, Mandatory Knowledge,

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Sep 06, 2017

How To Figure Out The Days Supply On A TAPER

David, could you please help me with this TAPER? How do you figure out the Days Supply on it? Maybe I'm making it more complicated than it is, but I don't

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Sep 03, 2017

How do you convert teaspoonful to tablespoonful?

Please show the solution to convert teaspoon to tablespoon? Thank you!

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Sep 03, 2017

Army Pharmacy Specialist

1. Do you have to be in the military before you can become a Army Pharmacy Specialist? 2. Some schools to go to for becoming a Army Pharmacy Specialist

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Sep 03, 2017

What is a Bacterial Infection?

I'm a brand new pharm tech. I am trying to learn as much as I can about the medical field. But what constitutes a Bacterial Infection? And why are Antibiotics

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Sep 02, 2017

What are the CE Requirements for my ARIZONA State PharmTech License?

I am trying to find out the CE requirements for renewing my Arizona State license. It is due in October and it varies from the national requirements for

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Sep 02, 2017

Resume Writing Question: How Do I Best Describe That I Check Auto-Med Packaged Prescriptions?

I am about to re-write my resume, and I would like to know how to describe that I am checking auto-med packaging prescriptions.

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Sep 02, 2017

Days Supply Math Question: How Many Additional Tablets Are Needed?

10 days supply: dosage 2 tablets 3x per day. 16 tablets per bottle. How many additional tablets are needed?

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Aug 27, 2017

Coumadin 5mg 90 day supply

Take two Coumadin 5mg every other day for 90 days. What is the quantity for 90 day supply?

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Aug 20, 2017

Is it a HIPPA Violation if my pharmacy gave my prescription to someone else with the same last name?

My pharmacy gave my prescription to another patient with the same last name. Isn't this a HIPPA violation?

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Aug 20, 2017

My 10 yr olds prescription -- Is The Following Situation a HIPPA Violation?

I know someone who is a pharmacy tech. My 10yr.olds medication was called into the pharmacy she works at. Her daughter and my daughters have an on off

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Aug 20, 2017

Day Supply Question: When figuring Days Supply, does the calculation include the day it is filled?

Does the day supply calculation include the first day a prescription is filled?

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Aug 20, 2017

What is Days Supply for an RX: take 1/4 tablet every 12 hours, #15 tablets

How long should they last?

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Aug 20, 2017

What Does EPS Stand For?

What does EPS mean? This is on a script for medication for Parkinsons Disease.

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Aug 20, 2017

What do DPC and RACKS mean at Rite Aid?

I'm working with Rite Aid in the pharmacy and they couldn't tell me what DPC stands for in their Nexgen program, also I need to know what RACKS means.

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Aug 20, 2017

Why must we prepare parental administration products aseptically?

why is it important that the parenteral administration route be sterile or prepared aseptically?

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Aug 20, 2017

What Could Happen to the Pharmacy if a Tech Omits the DAW Code?

What are issues that could happen if a tech doesn't enter the DAW codes into the computer system while filling a prescription, and what possible penalties/problems

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Aug 20, 2017

Why Is It Important To Have The Correct DAW Code Entered? Who assigns DAW Codes?

At what point are DAW codes assigned to a Prescription? And who assigns DAW codes?

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Aug 19, 2017

Other Ways to Calculate Days Supply And Quantity????

I have a test tomorrow for a data entry tech but I'm getting confused with it because everyone asks how I got my answer or why I did my calculations this

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Aug 19, 2017

90 Capsules: 1 cap twice daily for 1 week then increase

90 Capsules: 1 cap twice daily for 1 week then increase to 3 capsules twice daily. What is the day supply? How do you figure it out?

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Aug 17, 2017

Apothecaries System

Apothecaries System of Weights and Measures for Pharmacy Technicians

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Aug 16, 2017

Days Supply Question: #90 Tramadol, 1 Tab by Mouth Every 6 Hours

If I have a script of 90 Tramadol and the sig says take one every 6 hours how many days supply is that? I'm coming up to like 22. Am I right? Answer:

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Aug 16, 2017

Pravachol 40mg-How many doses are a 90-Day Supply?

Mr. Bob Day receives Pravachol 40 mg po daily to lower his cholesterol levels. How many doses would be dispensed for a 90 day supply?

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Aug 16, 2017

How many Pharmacy Technicians practice in California?

How many pharmacy technicians practice in CA?

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Aug 16, 2017

Veterinary Medicine - Antibotic Compounding for a Bird Weighing 2.85KG

I have a 2.85 kg bird needing a concentration of 1mg/0.1mL of antibiotic. The antibiotic comes in 100 mg tablets. How many mLs of compounding fluid should

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Aug 13, 2017

What is the difference between a PBM, a managed care organization, and a third party administrator?

I get these three confused. How are they different from each other, and how are they interrelated to my work as a pharmacy tech?

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Aug 06, 2017

What is the best way to prepare a solution in an empty sterile vial?

Trying to determine the best way to prepare a solution in an empty sterile vial. My biggest concern is finding a way to equalize the pressure in the

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Aug 06, 2017

Are there supposed to be marked privacy areas at pick-up and drop-off sections of pharmacies?

Is there supposed to be a marked area for privacy at pick up and drop off areas at a pharmacy so people waiting are not standing immediately behind a person

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Aug 06, 2017

Days Supply Question; Also, What is the easiest way to remember the top 200 drugs?

I've never been that great at math. Trying to find out simple days supply is not always easy for me. For example, if someone has a script for a medication

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Aug 06, 2017

Northern Minnesota Pharmacy looking for certified and experienced compounding techs

Any certified techs with compounding experience out there willing to share compounding experiences with a Northern Minnesota Pharmacy?

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Aug 06, 2017

HIPPA Question: Pharmacy Tech committing a HIPPA violation or not?

Hi Dave, Not that very long ago I had asked a question about a Pharmacy Technition vs the Pharmacist. It was in regards to a Technition calling my pmd

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Aug 06, 2017

Cough Syrup: 240ml, Take 10 ml every 4 hours-What is Days Supply?

If your cough syrup has 240 ml and you take 10ml at a rate of every 4 hours, how soon will it run out? and/or how long would it be until when you are able

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Aug 06, 2017

90 xanax a month, 3 a day. When is the earliest I can pick them up? With last month having 31 days

I get #90 Xanax (generic: alprazolam) a month, with dosing 3 times daily. Last month had 31 days in it. When is the next time I can pick up my refill?

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Aug 06, 2017

Which DAW do I use (here in CA) for when insurance only covers the Brand Name Med?

I work in retail. I have a prescription, which would normally be filled with the generic. The customer has not requested brand, and the prescriber says

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Aug 06, 2017

How much NaCl 23.4% should be added to a 1 Liter Bag of D5W to make D5 1/4 Normal Saline?

How much sodium chloride 23.4% should be added to a 1 liter bag of D5W to make D5 1/4 NS?

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Aug 06, 2017

Is it Legal for a Pharmacy to withhold a prescription transfer due to an overdue balance?

My pharmacist declined to give any information about transferring my medication to another pharmacy (which was cheaper) and told them the reason he would

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Jul 31, 2017

Do I have to retake the PTCB Exam when I move to another State?

I currently live in AZ but plan on moving to IL. Do I have to retake the ptcb when I move to another state?

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Jul 31, 2017

A Question regarding Pharmacy Techs responsibilities vs The Pharmacist 's responsibilities & was this interfering with my personal health record

Hi, I submitted a question yesterday & I was hoping I might possibly see it answered here today. I had started it out by saying that this may get a little

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Jul 31, 2017

Pharmacy Technician Student 👨‍🎓 : Compound of Lidocaine 3% in 120mL Calamine lotion-How much Lidocaine to add?

A physician has requested a compound for lidocaine 3% in 120mL calamine lotion. How many miligrams of lidocaine powder must be added to the calamine lotion

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Jul 31, 2017

Where do I find a Training/Education Program to Become a Nuclear Pharmacy Technician?

I'm a licensed pharmacy tech and I am trying to find information about becoming a nuclear pharmacy technician. I was told, the training is different from

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Jul 31, 2017

Nationally Certified in the USA, Does This "Transfer" to Canada?

If someone is a Certified Pharmacy Technician in the United States, can they be certified to work in Canada?

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  1. How long must PA Pharmacies maintain their original prescriptions?

    Sep 16, 17 07:44 PM

    How long must a PA pharmacy retain an original prescription?

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    What is the days supply in this question?

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  11. How do you convert teaspoonful to tablespoonful?

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  13. What is a Bacterial Infection?

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    I'm a brand new pharm tech. I am trying to learn as much as I can about the medical field. But what constitutes a Bacterial Infection? And why are Antibiotics

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  14. What are the CE Requirements for my ARIZONA State PharmTech License?

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  15. Resume Writing Question: How Do I Best Describe That I Check Auto-Med Packaged Prescriptions?

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    I am about to re-write my resume, and I would like to know how to describe that I am checking auto-med packaging prescriptions.

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