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Apr 22, 2018

What are some good strategies to preventing medication errors in the pharmacy?

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

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Apr 10, 2018

Prior Authorization Rejection

This page covers what a Prior Authorization is and why it happens.

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Apr 10, 2018

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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Apr 10, 2018

My Pharmacy told my mom that I didn't pick up my meds. Is this a Hippa Violation?

My pharmacy told my mom I didn't pick up my meds. Yes, I do have same last name but I have a different address; for all they know, that wasn't my mom.

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Apr 08, 2018

Vitamin Resources

Vitamin Resources - Information about Vitamin A, The B Vitamins, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D.

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Mar 27, 2018

Two HIPPA Questions: Including, Can Pharmacy Techs counsel patients?

under the hippa law can a pharmacist and a pharmacy tech speak about a clients medical record amongs each other and cam pharmacy techs counsel the patient

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Mar 27, 2018

Should pharmacy errors be reported anywhere?

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?

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Mar 27, 2018

Former employee working for competitor; Enticing former customers to new pharmacy

We had a pharmacy tech resign, then go to work at a grocery/pharmacy - the tech has used PHI to target our patients and entice them to transfer their prescriptions.

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Mar 27, 2018

Wondering how many Percocet I should have left in my bottle?

I got my 120 Percocet Feb 18 how many should be in my bottle March 16 i take 4 a day

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Mar 27, 2018

If my pharmacist states the name of my medication very loudly at pickup, is that a Hippa violation?

Is it a HIPAA violation if a pharmacist says what you are taking very loud so others can hear what you are taking?

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Mar 20, 2018

Is Publicly mentioning the name of the drug the patient is on a HIPPA violation?

If the name of the drug is mentioned in order to further assist the patient with getting them the medication, is this a violation of hipaa?

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Mar 20, 2018

Osmolarity/Hospital Potassium Infusion problem (3 Part Question)

At 3:00 P.M., a pharmacist received an order to add 30 mEq/L of potassium chloride to the already running intravenous fluid for a patient. After checking

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Mar 20, 2018

SILICONE RINGS IN A CLEAN ROOM

The USP797 rules state that no jewelry can be worn in the I.V. clean room setting because it wouldn't be sterile. I was wondering if silicone rings would

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Mar 20, 2018

What is a "Root Cause Analysis"? And how does a pharmacy create "healthy safety culture"?

Recently there was a wrong-drug mistake at the pharmacy I'm employed at as a technician. One of my tech friends (who works at a different pharmacy) asked

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Mar 20, 2018

Liquid Morphine: How many days will my meds last?

I am a post surgical patient I am on liquid morphine 22ml bottle. I’m allowed to take 2ml every 3 hours how many days should by bottle last?

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Mar 20, 2018

1ml inject once a week 10 week supply

how many day supply is it?

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Mar 20, 2018

Fioricet Script is for 60 pills take 2 every 8 hours How many days supply is that?

I have a script for firocet. It says take 2 pills every 8 hours. It was written for 60 pills. How many day of supply is it??

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Mar 20, 2018

60 pills 1 tab every 8 hours When can I refill?

When can you refill if you're given 60 tabs. Take 1 every 8 hours

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Mar 20, 2018

HELP PLEASE! How do I find WEEKLY day supply?

How do I figure out a weekly day supply? What is the formula/steps to find the day supply for a med taken WEEKLY? Please help I'm struggling with this!

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Mar 20, 2018

What is the difference between Medicare Part A, Medicare B, Medicare C, and Medicare D?

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

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Mar 20, 2018

What is the difference between antiarryhthmics and antithrombotics?

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

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Mar 20, 2018

What are the different types of antibiotics (or anti-infectives) and what are their therapeutic effects?

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? Also,

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Mar 20, 2018

Which drugs make up the "Respiratory Agent" Medication Class?

Also, what are the generic and brand name drugs in the Respiratory Agent Classification of prescriptions? What are the sub-classes of Respiratory Agent

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Mar 20, 2018

How is a medical or pharmacy error defined?

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

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Mar 20, 2018

How does Warfarin work in the body? What is a PT/INR?

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

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Mar 20, 2018

What are "Theraputic Indexes" and why are they important?

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,

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Mar 20, 2018

Do antibiotics require lab work? Which do and which don't?

Also, what types of labs are required in order to have a prescription prescribed by a doctor? What are the relevant monitoring parameters (or labs) for

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Mar 20, 2018

Atrovent amount per fill allowable with a 34 day day supply limitation

how would you calculate this: atrovent inhalation solution 2.5mL x 25 vials dispense 10 boxes 1 vial qid 2 refills what are the steps?

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Mar 20, 2018

IV Admixture competency testing

We are looking for IV admixture competency tests that include a pharmacist observing another pharmacist or technician. Do you by chance have such a test?

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Mar 20, 2018

Victoza Days Supply for 1.8 Units Every Day, 9ml Dispensed

VICTOZA DAY SUPPLY FOR 1.8UNITS QD DISPENSING 9ML

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Mar 04, 2018

Furosemide 20mg dose- You have 10mg in stock - How many for 20mg dose?

Dr. orders Lasix 20mg. On the shelf, the tech has 10mg tablets. How many will you give for a single dose?

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Feb 25, 2018

Pharmacy Technician Salary Information

This page lists Pharmacy Technician Salary information from the Bureau of Labour Statistics website.

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Feb 18, 2018

Eye Drop Days Supply

Eye Drop Days Supply - This page includes how entering the correct days supply when first filling a new rx for eye drops can prevent some potential problems for future refills. Also, a handy chart is included for figuring the amount of time a bottle of drops will last.

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Feb 17, 2018

How many days will a 12 fl oz bottle last at 1 tablespoon by mouth three times daily?

How many days will a 12 fl oz bottle of medication last if a patient takes 1 tablespoonful by mouth three times daily?

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Feb 17, 2018

Prior Authorization Rx Mandated to Different Pharmacy, New Pharmacy Wont Disclose Any Info, Cites HIPAA

Hi, I have seen it starting to occur where my company receives an RX from an office, we obtain prior authorization approval only to learn it is mandated

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Feb 17, 2018

Local, Privately Owned Pharmacy Closed, and ALL Records/Rxs Transfered to Chain. HIPAA Violation?

My local, private pharmacy closed. No notice was given to customers/patients prior to the closure. The pharmacy owner took it upon himself to transfer

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Feb 17, 2018

Pharmacy Tech Loudly Embarasses Customer: Did Tech Violate HIPAA Law?

I recently walked into a major grocery chain's pharmacy. The tech that took my prescription, looks at it and very loudly said are you trying to lose weight?

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Feb 15, 2018

Days supply Norco 60 pills 1 every six hours as needed

I have a prescription for Norco, the amount of pills is sixty. I take one every six hours as needed. I filled the prescription on 10/9/17. Today is 11/3/17.

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Feb 15, 2018

Days Supply Question: Cosentyx 90 day supply - How many syringes will be dispensed?

How many syringes would you get on a 90 day supply of Cosentyx?

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Feb 15, 2018

Days Supply Question: Amoxicillin 500mg #42 - One cap po every 8 hours

What is the day supply for the following? Amoxicillin 500mg #42: i cap po q8h

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Feb 08, 2018

When Would a Tech Perform Temperature Conversions?

when would a pharmacy technician need to perform temperature conversions?

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Feb 08, 2018

How do you figure Days Supply for BD Needles (Pen Needles and such)

How do you figure days supply for the BD Pen needles?

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Feb 08, 2018

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

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Feb 07, 2018

Norco 40 pills 2 po every 4 hours or 1 po every 6 hours - What is days supply?

I got script of 40 norco; I broke my pelvis. The directions on the first two scripts said one pill every 6 hrs, enough to last 10 days. Now I started

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Feb 06, 2018

How do you figure Days Supply on an Albuterol Nebulizer Solution prescription?

What is the days supply for Albuterol 2.5ml vials x 25 vials, with a sig of 1 vial via nebulizer qid?

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Feb 06, 2018

Pharmacy Technician Pay Raise

Pharmacy Technician Pay Raise - Here are some general strategies you can use to ask for a well-deserved pay raise. Some of these strategies include: being a good employee, becoming nationally certified, and being prepared/knowing what the pay rate range is in your area.

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Feb 06, 2018

Pharmacy Tech Sample Resume

Pharmacy Tech Sample Resume - This page displays a sample resume of a pharmacy technician, and shows an example of how it could or should be laid out. It's important to highlight the pharmacy setting(s) you have experience in, and any education/extracurricular activities.

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Feb 06, 2018

Long-Term Care Pharmacy

Long-Term Care Pharmacy Questions and Answers about working in this Setting. What is a LTC Pharmacy? What types of roles to pharm techs have at LTC pharmacies? What are E-Kits? and What are the different types of E-Kits?

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Feb 06, 2018

E-prescribing

E-prescribing for Pharmacy Technicians: How it makes things easier for all parties involved-pharmacy techs, pharmacists, and prescribers. Also, how E-Prescribing came about, how its more effecient, how it can streamline the refill authorization process, and much more!

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