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What is the correct way to bill an insurance company for a taper? 
What would be the correct way to submit the days supply to the patient's insurance for a tapering medication? For example, if the rx says zolft 25mg …

How much dextrose is in D10W in a 250 bag? 
In D10W, how much dextrose is in a 250mL bag?

WHAT IS 2/3 OF A 45 DAY SUPPLY? 
WHAT IS 2/3 OF A 45 DAY SUPPLY?

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 …

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?

NonSterile Compounding Question: Clindamycin 2% in Aquaphilic Ointment-How many Caps needed? 
A prescription reads "Clindamycin 2% in an aquaphilic ointment; 60g. Apply to the affected body part twice daily." The pharmacy stocks clindamycin 150mg …

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?

How do you figure Days Supply for BD Needles (Pen Needles and such) 
How do you figure days supply for the BD Pen needles?

When Calling Prescription Insurance Companies, do they need the pharmacies NPI or NABP? 
When you call a prescription insurance company, are you supposed to give them your pharmacy's NPI or NABP? I know what the letters stand for, but what's …

Do Mail Order PharmTechs have to Compound and/or Deal With Insurance? 
I've been searching for a new pharmacy technician job and I was wondering if mail order pharmacies have to compound or deal with insurance related problems …

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 …

Do I have to retake the PTCB every two years? 
I live in Arizona and according to our state board of Pharmacy I have to renew my license every two years. Does this mean that I have to retake the PTCB …

When Interfacing With Pharmacy, what are Codes AGID, DNID, and HIC? 
I'm a software developer. When interfacing with pharmacy software, I see codes like AGID DNID HIC and would like to know what code system they might represent.. …

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. …

Needles and Compounding 
My work was genius enough to give a new hire authority in the IV Room, with no prior hospital experience whatsoever. Along with this we hired 5 new …

A Question About Being a Licensed Pharmacy Technician. 
I want to be a pharmacy technician. I have a medical background and training. Do I have to take the pharmacy technician course in order to take the certification …

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 …

Pointers/Tips on Understanding Walgreens' Intercom Plus Computer System 
Can anyone with a working knowledge of Intercom Plus give me some pointers? I am only being given one day a week work because the pharmacist says the …

How does Canada Certify Pharmacy Technicians? 
If you are PTCB certified in the US is it recognized in Canada?

prescription vs medical note 
Hi I was wondering if you went to see a doctor and got your prescription but missed an exam on that day, can the prescription be used as a medical/sickness …

A Question About Medicaid Coverage and a Refill Too Early Rx 
I have medicaid. If its popping up refill too soon can I have the option to pay out of pocket? Answer: Yes, usually, as long as the medication is not …

New Tech at Walgreens: I Need Help with Handling Insurance Problems... 
I just started working at Walgreens and I don't know what half of the insurance problems are like what steps am I suppose to take in order to resolve them, …

How do you convert teaspoonful to tablespoonful? 
Please show the solution to convert teaspoon to tablespoon? Thank you!

Are DEA Numbers Required On All Prescriptions? 
Is it required that a DEA number be on the front of a prescription?

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

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 …

legal right with doctor and patient and pharmacy 
I was wondering if a pharmacist got the wrong idea one day when someone bought a pill crusher and was waiting for a couple of hours for his ride and they …

What is OU? & Eye Pain Meds? 
What does "ou" stand for as in eye drop application?

ph 
If I become a pharmacy tech in the army would i have to fight?

pharmacy technician exam 
I am looking for a tutor to help me prepare for the pharmacy technician certification exam. I live in area code 85373. Can anyone recommend a tutor?

Is Asworth College Pharmacy Tech Accepted In Arizona? 
I just enrolled in Ashworth College Pharmacy Tech classes and just found out it is not accepted in some states. Is Ashworth College accepted in Arizona? …

Licensed Pharmacy Technician 
I am a licensed Pharmacy Technician here in Los Angeles, California. My license is up for renewal until the end of the month of June 2011. Since I am …

Disposal of Unused Prescription Drugs 
Where can we get rid of unused prescription drugs?

Tech certification exam 
Could you please tell us the dates that the tech certification exam will be? Thanks

Army Pharmacy Specialist 
Do I have to go in war to become a Army Pharmacy Specialist? What are all the schools I will have to go to, to become a Army Pharmacy Specialist?

Mail Order Pharmacy Question 
do you have to be standing all day? How much math is involved?

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? …

Refill too soon after a disaster 
If a disaster is declared in Florida and a person walks into a pharmacy in New York, claiming he was caught in the disaster, has lost his meds and needs …

chemotherapy preparation requirements 
I can find nowhere the answer to the probable per state regulation question: "Does the preparation of chemotherapy infusions REQUIRE a certification …

Tech check Tech programs  
Technician checking technician programs require how many doses before certification. Also, how many months to be intially certified.

refills 
Can my grandmother get a 2 day early refill on her Ritalin through AARP?

A question regarding becoming a tech 
I am currently a Certified Pharmacy Technician in Portland, Maine. I am thinking very seriously of moving to Vancouver, BC, and would like to know what …

A question about Course length 
how long is Tech School in the Air Force for a new Pharmacy Tech?

What is the difference between Oral and Vaginal Tablets? 
i want to know the difference between the oral tablets and vaginal tablet

question about taking the exam 
Can you just study on your own (for the national certification exam) and take it without having to go through an online course?

a question about e-prescribing for schedule 2 through 5 drugs 
Are e-prescribed rxs valid for controlled substances(3-5) in Connecticut?

IV compounding certification 
Are there any resources available in Orleans or St Tammany parish for IV certification?

Volunteer 
I'm a pre-pharamcy student. I need volunteer hours in the pharmacuetical field. Where can I find places in my area where I can take the PTCB? Whats the …

pharmacy tech 
how do you become a member?

IV Admixture competency testing Not rated yet
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VICTOZA DAY SUPPLY FOR 1.8UNITS QD DISPENSING 9ML

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Osmolarity/Hospital Potassium Infusion problem (3 Part Question) Not rated yet
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SILICONE RINGS IN A CLEAN ROOM  Not rated yet
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What are "Theraputic Indexes" and why are they important? Not rated yet
I am trying to better understand what Therapeutic Indexes are, and why they are important. Can you clarify what they are and how each is different? Also, …

How does Warfarin work in the body? What is a PT/INR? Not rated yet
A Coumadin Clinic just opened at the hospital across the street from my pharmacy. I am a new pharmacy tech, and I'm now entering a lot of (what seems …

What is a "Root Cause Analysis"? And how does a pharmacy create "healthy safety culture"? Not rated yet
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Resume Writing Question: How Do I Best Describe That I Check Auto-Med Packaged Prescriptions? Not rated yet
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.

What is the difference between antiarryhthmics and antithrombotics? Not rated yet
Those two names confuse me. I need to know more about them, and I need to know how they differ from each other. What are the most commonly prescribed …

Which drugs make up the "Respiratory Agent" Medication Class? Not rated yet
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Do antibiotics require lab work? Which do and which don't? Not rated yet
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What are the different types of antibiotics (or anti-infectives) and what are their therapeutic effects? Not rated yet
My questions are regarding Antibiotics. The pharmacy I work at tends to dispense a lot of them. How does a doctor decide which antibiotic is best? …

What is the difference between Medicare Part A, Medicare B, Medicare C, and Medicare D? Not rated yet
I'm a new pharmacy tech and I keep getting really confused with Medicare and the different "parts" of it. What are the differences between the different …

What are some good strategies to preventing medication errors in the pharmacy? Not rated yet
It seems like some of the errors that have been recently made by our pharmacy techs are actually really preventable. Are there any good strategies that …

Should pharmacy errors be reported anywhere? Not rated yet
Our pharmacy manager wants us to report any pharmacy error that happens. Why is it important to report errors? Where should we report the errors to? …

How is a medical or pharmacy error defined? Not rated yet
I work at a retail pharmacy, one that probably everyone is familiar with-a major chain pharmacy. We recently had a prescription error get past our pharmacist …

Pharmacy Technician Student šŸ‘Øā€šŸŽ“ : Compound of Lidocaine 3% in 120mL Calamine lotion-How much Lidocaine to add? Not rated yet
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 …

PharmTech and Pharmacist Responsibilities and My Personal Privacy Not rated yet
I think this may get too lenghty, I was searching for a phone number, but here goes. I am doctoring with Pain Management for quite some time now, so we …

Nationally Certified in the USA, Does This "Transfer" to Canada?  Not rated yet
If someone is a Certified Pharmacy Technician in the United States, can they be certified to work in Canada?

How do I sign up for Continuing Education Credits from Power Pak? Not rated yet
How do I sign up for this continuing education option (PowerPak)?

I'm Registered & Certified in California but moving to Canada. How will this work? Not rated yet
Hi i currently am registered and certified in the state of California. I will be moving to Canada in some time and would like to know if i have to get …

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Walgreens Intercom Plus Sales Reporting Not rated yet
Is there a way to make Intercom Plus (Walgreens software) report on sales to cash-paying customers?

When Would a Tech Perform Temperature Conversions? Not rated yet
when would a pharmacy technician need to perform temperature conversions?

Walgreens Intercom Plus Question: What is the shortcut to get to the return to stock call list? Not rated yet
New tech at Walgreens. I am learning the shortcuts of intercom plus and was wondering what the shortcut was to get to the return to stock call list?

Northern Minnesota Pharmacy looking for certified and experienced compounding techs  Not rated yet
Any certified techs with compounding experience out there willing to share compounding experiences with a Northern Minnesota Pharmacy?

What is the best way to prepare a solution in an empty sterile vial? Not rated yet
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 …

Question About Dispensing and Billing For Short Cycle at a Homecare Pharmacy Not rated yet
The homecare pharmacy where I work just went to an automated system. In the past, we dispensed medications to our adult family homes as a 30 day supply. …

I'm Moving from MA to CA: What do I need to be able to work in CA? Not rated yet
I'm moving from Massachusetts to California. What steps do I need to get a new job there? I'm nationally certified by PTCB and registered/licensed …

Where can I find a job as a mail order pharmacy technician? Not rated yet
Looking for a mail order job as a registered pharmacy technician in Tampa FL. I would appreciate any help in my job search and any advice or tips about …

How do I get Registered to be a PharmTech in California? Not rated yet
How do I become registered to be a PharmTech in California? I have a current PharmTech license in Nevada.

Change of Employment and Notifying the Board of Pharmacy Not rated yet
What do I do when I terminate with one pharmacy and beging working at another pharmacy? How do I get registered with the Board with my new pharmacy? …

Which Type of Practitioner is Identified as the letter "A" on a DEA number? Not rated yet
On a DEA number, what type of practitioner would be identified as the letter 'A'?

What Are The Most Common Prescription Insurance Rejections? Not rated yet
What are the most common problems with claims being rejected in a pharmacy setting? Answer: -Filled After Coverage Terminated (Customer no longer …

What options are available to a PharmTech to obtain refill authorization if the Doctors office is closed? Not rated yet
What options are available to a pharmacy technician to obtain prescription refill authorization if the doctors office is closed?

A question regarding state requirements, and the PA Board of Pharmacy Not rated yet
Is Allied Online School recognized by the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy? I want to do an online school for pharmacy tech and I need to know if it meets …

Licensed PharmTech from another state, what are requirements here in Arizona? Not rated yet
Hi i'm a licensed pharmacy technician from California, and i just moved here in Arizona i want to know if i can use my license to work here in Arizona …

Days Supply Question; Also, What is the easiest way to remember the top 200 drugs? Not rated yet
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 …

If someone has two prescription insurance policies, can both be billed for a prescription? How does this work? Not rated yet
If someone has two health insurance policies, the primary through their employer and the secondary through their spouses employer, and they both have prescription …

What do I need to become a Licensed PharmTech in Alaska? Not rated yet
I am a nationally certified pharmacy technician. I have been certified by PTCB since 1997. I have been working as a pharmacy technician for over 30 years …

Question about Certification Not rated yet
I am certified in the state of North Carolina and just recently moved to Pennsylvania. Is there something that I have to do to be qualified in Pennsylvania? …

Narcotics in the office setting Not rated yet
What are the regulations and compliance requirements for dispensing narcotics in the office setting?

Insurance Company says Cough Medicine with Codeine is Over-The-Counter?  Not rated yet
My insurance company will not pay for cough medicine with codeine because they say it is an over the counter drug. I'm unable to find one pharmacy in Alaska …

What does OBRA stand for? Not rated yet
what does OBRA stand for? Answer: OBRA stands for the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. There are 2 of them in recent history: OBRA …

a question about nuclear pharmacy tech Not rated yet
What programs are available for nuclear pharmacy techs?

Question on Pravachol 40mg and Days Supply Not rated yet
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What are the Two Legal Classifications of Medication? Not rated yet
What are two broad legal classifications of medications in community(retail) pharmacy? ANSWER from PTR: In the US, there are only two legal classifications …

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How do I get Medco to Authroize a refill 2 days early on Adderall Not rated yet
How do I get Medco to authorize paying for an Adderall script 2 days early?

PRESCRIPTION COSTS Not rated yet
WHY CAN I PAY LESS FOR A PRESCRIPTION IF I DO NOT HAVE THE PHARMACY BILL IT THROUGH MY INSURANCE. IF THEY BILL THE RX THROUGH INSURANCE THEN THEY CHARGE …

I.V. awareness in compounding Not rated yet
What does a technician need to be aware of before, during, and after compounding an i.v.?

Why must we prepare parental administration products aseptically? Not rated yet
why is it important that the parenteral administration route be sterile or prepared aseptically?

question on assignment Not rated yet
I am trying to identify errors in aseptic techniques assignment. She piled several syringes and needles in the hood as well as several vials of various …

If I have ADD can I be a pharmacy Tech still? Not rated yet
If I have ADD and take ritalin for it, will that hinder my chances of becoming a pharmacy technician or getting a job?

NPI  Not rated yet
Do pharmacy technicians need a NPI? Answer: No. The pharmacy they work at needs one. More information can be found at NPI Numbers.

Out of practice for a while... Not rated yet
I currently posess state and national cpht certifications, and haven't worked in the field in about 4 years. Although I have remained in the medical field …

Prescription expiration Not rated yet
From what date is a prescription valid? The date it is written or the date it is entered into the computer? Answer: The date the prescriber writes …

writing 12 hours Not rated yet
How do u write 1 every 12 hours? Answer: 1 q 12 h

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WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR WRITINGTHE CERTIFICATION EXAM

Pharmacy Tech CE Not rated yet
I want to keep my PT Tech license current even if I am not working in the field in case I have an opportunity in the future to pursue. I want to know if …

Refresher Courses for Certified Pharmacy Techs/ Internships Not rated yet
Ive been out of the Pharmacy working world for months and would love to take some accredited classes,and or pay for an internship in a hospital pharmacy. …

How Can I Get My Career As A Tech Back? Not rated yet
I have been licensed as a pharmacy technician since 1994, and received my Cpht status in 2005. I went through a rough patch about 2 yrs ago due to divorce, …

Pharmacology Not rated yet
When a drug is given IV rather than orally, it eliminates the need for what? Absorption or Metabolism?

question Not rated yet
would like to know what it takes to become a pharmacy tech in training?

dosage question Not rated yet
In giving patients creams how do I calculate the dose if there was no measure supplied with the gel or cream?

Clinic Manager Not rated yet
Can controlled substance prescriptions for Doctor Office patients be faxed to a pharmacy? It is ok with the DEA for Provider Offices to FAX controlled …

Pharmacy tech to be Not rated yet
How do you calculate days supply, and what is the maximum quantity allowed if the 3rd party plan has a 21 day dispensing limitation? Answer: Please …

A question about drug mg ? Not rated yet
What is the difference in 0.112mg in Synthroid and 100mcg in Sintrocid from Mexico? Would this be the same dosage? I would check with the pharmacy you …

certification Not rated yet
Do I need to be certified in Michigan?

question about license acceptance Not rated yet
was wondering if the ashworth pharmacy tech license is accepted in florida,i was told that florida would not accept the license so i called the school …

nasal drops Not rated yet
Why should nasal drops be taken after meals? (nasal drops containing ephedrine hydrochloride 0.5% w/v) Answer: Phyllis, can you tell me more about …

let me know about Iv pharmacy tech in my area.indianapolis Not rated yet
please let me know about IV PHARMACY TECH COURSES IN INDIANAPOLIS.

supervision of a doctor or specialist Not rated yet
Can a pharmacy tech work under the direct supervision of a doctor or specialist M.D. ?

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Days Supply Question: #90 Tramadol, 1 Tab by Mouth Every 6 Hours Not rated yet
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: …

A question about differing state laws  Not rated yet
I hold a national certification(PTCB) and also a Utah state license as a Pharmacy Technician. I recently moved to Arizona and am having a struggle finding …

c-2 script  Not rated yet
How long is a C-2 script good for in Arizona? Answer: I do not know the specific Arizona state law regarding C-2s. While I have quoted from Federal …

What is the latest in automated technology/products in development for phamacies? Not rated yet
What is the latest in automated technology/products in development for pharmacies?

learning impared  Not rated yet
I thire help for ,people with learning problems. Answer: Sorry, but I am not sure I understand your question.

A question about filling an out of state prescription Not rated yet
I am moving from Mississippi to Pennsylvania. My doctor has written a prescription with 12 refills. Will I be able to fill this prescription in Pennsylvania? …

student/ pharmacy tech/uei Not rated yet
Pharmacy Dilution Problem Solving Examples , please

TBDRP Not rated yet
WHAT ARE THE BIN AND PCN NUMBER FOR WISCONSIN TBDRP INSURANCE PROGRAM? CAN WE DO IT ELECTRONICALLY?

Mark Jacobs RPh Not rated yet
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Quantity Sufficient as Directed Not rated yet
What does qsad mean?

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