Do You Need To Know Drug Side Effects?

Hey guys! Today we’re going to talk about a topic that relates to the top 200 drugs. I was asked if you need to know the top 200 drugs side effects.

The answer to this question is technically no, but it does not hurt for you to know them, SO if you were to this will be the way I would go about it. I would make sure that I first understand all the categorization of the drugs. Then what I would do is apply a general side effect that is common within that category to those drugs just so you can know and be able to have a general list. But it’s not like a pharmacist who needs to know the mechanism of action, they need to know the side effects, the brand name, and the generic name.

You need to also know drugs that contradict it so that you know certain allergies specifications for that. That is why you need to make sure that you have a general overview of it. But I wouldn’t just go in super depth trying to learn the effects for every drug because you’re not taking the exam that a pharmacist will take. You are taking an exam for a pharmacy technician.

So even in the pharmacy when it comes to addressing certain drugs as far as their side effects. The pharmacist is going to go in-depth on that with the patient when it comes to counseling. I wouldn’t worry so heavily on the matter if I were you. I would just literally focus on the top 200 drug brand name and generic name and you’ll be good to go.

What’s Next After Getting Certified

So you passed the PTCB exam and is curious as to what will happen next? This is what you should do, first, you should set your goal on a higher paying job. Now if you weren’t working in a pharmacy, but you did get certified, if I were you then I would say to still go ahead and still shoot to go to a hospital pharmacy even though they may say that they want more experience coming from you. If you’re already at a retail pharmacy and you got certified within retail I would also say to go ahead and try to apply for a clinical setting in hospital pharmacy.

One thing you can start looking at as well as other avenues of pharmacy. Examples are Nuclear Pharmacy, Compound Pharmacy, non-profit pharmacy, and more. There are just so many different settings in pharmacy that you can utilize to where you don’t have to just stay at a retail pharmacy. Your best bet to search for the type of pharmacy you want is to search online and explore different avenues. You can also head over to pharmacytechlessons.com, we have plenty of items there that can help you learn about the different avenues of pharmacy.

If you are interested in Nuclear pharmacy, it is a high-paying job but if you are a woman planning on having children in the future then I suggest not going into Nuclear pharmacy in the future. In clinical pharmacy you pretty much have your workload spread out for you. All you need to do is complete it and then you’re good to go from there. On top of that, you get to have benefits such as paid time off, vacation time, and other amazing benefits you get when certified in pharmacy jobs.

That is why getting certified is so important, especially when you’re in a retail pharmacy or you’re not in any pharmacy you’re just looking to get certified first, it’s important to get certified because that’s going to be your key to the other avenues of pharmacy. I see people all over the internet complaining about working in a retails pharmacy and how the customers are always mean and the doctors do this and the insurance that but once you get your certification, look to go higher, okay? You’re going to find that it is nice.

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Why Does It Take So Long To Get A Pharmacy License

So today we’re going to be talking about how long it takes to get a pharmacy technician license. I have three things I want to share with you, okay. Let’s assume that you don’t have a tech trainee license but you’re just going to get certified and you want to get your official pharmacy technician license.

The first thing that you’re going to do is a study for the exam. The next thing that you’re going to do is sign up for the exam on the PTCB website. It does not take long as you can finish it in one day. Then you’ll sign up for your location then you’ll have to get your fingerprints taken, your driver’s license was taken and another form of identification. From there you set up the date you will take the exam. If you pass then that’s great, amazing actually.

In between now and then you need to allow yourself two to three weeks to get your license in the mail, or get your certification from the PTCB board. But you also have to make sure that you’re certified with your state and that they know you passed the exam. As each state has different rules about how they go about that. You need to check on those rules and if you want specific state rules, we have information on that on our website at pharmacytechlessons.com.
Now the second thing that I want to mention to you is why it takes so long to pass the exam. It could take two weeks to study for the exam and it could take two years. The bulk of people usually study for the exam two weeks before. But for the people who study for two years, well it could be for several reasons. One of the main reasons why is that they never really know when they should go ahead and take the exam and when to stop studying.

Another main reason as to why it takes longer is because they are a procrastinator. They start studying for a couple of days and then they stop studying for three days. Then they start back again because they get convicted and they know they need to study, and then they stop studying again for 5 days. So over time of this habit, you’re never really going to build up the confidence to want to take the exam and pass it.

The last main reason is that they don’t have the right information when studying and along with them not having the right information. What’s worst is if they did have the right information but they did not study it correctly. That’s another reason that can expand the time frame of why it takes so long to get a license. It’s all revolved around the way they study and their method of studying for the PTCB exam.
So the third thing that I want to talk to you about is the process, okay? A lot of people don’t have the process when they’re going in studying for the PTCB exam. If you do not have a process, then you need to make one. If you failed the exam already then you need to make your process according to what your weak points were. If you haven’t taken the PTCB exam, then you need a clean slate process. You just need a pretty much fit all process and a process that is set according to your weaknesses.

If you are terrible in math, well then your process needs to have quite a bit of math in it so that you can complete that portion of the exam and you can make a high grade on that portion of the exam. Your process is so important!

An example of why it is important is that it’s like baking a cake. There are directions on the back of the box where the process of successfully baking a cake is. If you miss one of the ingredients or if you don’t do it quite in the right steps, you’re most likely not going to get the ideal cake that you would have liked to make or the ideal cake that you see illustrated there on the box.
So it’s important to have a process, I mean just imagine if you didn’t mix the cake, right? So you just threw all the ingredients in a bowl and then you looked at it and said “you know this is okay”. So you dump it in a pan and put it in the oven. Well, the cake is not going to come out correctly because the process wasn’t done correctly.

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How Long Should I Study For The PTCB Exam?

Today we’re going to be talking about how long you should study for the PTCB exam. Depending on what you are studying, this can cause you to pass it or not. It’s always about the information that you are using to study and if it’s up to date and if it’s the right topic to study on. But for a total newbie, like to say around 1 to 2 months is a good estimate of how long you should study for. For someone who has already taken the exam and failed it, you’re going to have a grace period that you can’t take the exam because that is the PTCB rule, so use that time wisely and study the questions that were difficult for you. But I would say as far as your studying, you need to make sure that you’re studying for about two weeks to a month, I don’t think you should go over that. 

Let’s go into the reasoning why, okay. It’s going to take you some time to read through especially if you don’t know that much about algebra already. It will take you a lot of time as well to read through word problems and how to solve them, knowing the top 200 drugs, etc. That takes some time getting through so one to two months for a total newbie is, I would say more than enough time to especially if you have yourself on a set schedule and regimen of studying. 

You wanna make sure that you’re taking practice tests, that’s very, very, very important! Make sure they’re challenging practice tests that are going to challenge what you have already studied. To ensure that you’re retaining the information and that in itself can cause you to have confidence because when you’re taking a hard practice test, right after you studied so hard you can see that you’re getting the majority of the problems wrong, you need to go back and study more. But if you’re getting the majority of the problems right, then you’re going to feel pretty good about yourself. You’re going to feel like “Okay, maybe I can do this, maybe I can take the exam and successfully pass it!”. That in itself is going to give you that confidence that you need to jump out there and take the test. But if you first haven’t prepared the right way, then you’re not gonna have the confidence when it comes to taking the test. 

I believe that all people that prepared well for the test will be able to confidently go in there and ace the test. As long as you have prepared diligently and studied for the right amount of time and covered all the materials needed, then I can strongly say you are ready to take the exam. Not knowing when to stop studying though, that is something different, that is so huge. I’m telling you I’ve seen some students that study, study, study for a year straight for the PTCB exam, and still don’t get it. But then you have these newbies that come into our program not knowing a lot of algebra, pharmacology, top 200 drugs, and more. But they come in and go through our program, follow the steps, they take the test and they ace it. Now they become the ones that are teaching the person who has studied for over a year. 

So it’s important that you understand, follow the correct steps, and understand what your weaknesses are and what they aren’t. If you failed the exam already, the reason that I gave the timeframe of about two weeks to a month is that you have been exposed to the information, you probably studied a lot already. You just need to focus on those b categories that you didn’t do so well then.

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Steps In Passing The 2020 PTCB Exam

Do you want to pass the PTCB exam in 2020 at your first try? Passing the PTCB exam is harder than a lot of people think it is. It’s not your everyday quiz/test you just take in school and especially now with the ongoing pandemic it makes the exam seem harder than it seems. But guess what?! The exam is much easier than you think. Follow these steps to help you achieve that goal!

Solid Study Materials

Pay close attention closely, the first thing I want to give to you is this. You would need to get set and solid study materials and stick with it. One of the biggest things that I see students doing is they don’t get any correct study materials. They get materials from over here and over there and they try to piece it all together and then still end up being confused. So you need to get you some study materials that are efficient, updated, and correct. Get one or two things maximum and stick to it and focus. Please, I’m begging you to do this so that you won’t be all over the place. Trust me doing this method will help you be less confused when studying for the PTCB exam. 

Understand Pharmacy Math

The second thing you’ll need to do is to make sure that you understand Pharmacy Math, okay. 

Now, this is extremely key to passing the PTCB exam because if you don’t know math, you can just forget about it. I’ve seen so many students ask questions like “Do I need to do math indefinitely?”. Now in no way am I saying that you have to be a calculus major or a mathematician, but you will need to know basic algebra to do pharmacy math. Take time and understand Pharmacy Math, see it as a challenge to overcome!

Don’t Overthink and Overanalyze

Lastly, I want you to make sure that you don’t overthink and overanalyze the process. So many students overthink the process while they’re studying and when you do that, you can think yourself into a rut, okay. Study the portions that you are weak at and practice those. Don’t study the subjects that you already know as that will not help you learn anything new. Study the areas that you’re weak in and practice until you master it. By doing this your weak areas will no longer be a struggle.

15-minute break

Here’s a bonus tip! When you’re studying and realize you’re struggling on one specific topic just relax and take a 15-minute break. When studying for long periods our brain can get overloaded with information which then can cause us to get a headache. By taking a break every few minutes it will allow your brain to soak in all the information gathered. It will also help you stay awake and focus much longer than studying without any breaks. 

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How To Overcome Pharmacy Math

Today, I’m going to talk to you about Pharmacy Math, and how to overcome your fear of it, how to get good at it, and what you will need to do to improve on it. I believe we can all agree that Pharmacy Math is a scary topic to cover. But trust me when I say that Pharmacy Math is not something you should be terrified to overcome. Before I tell you my tips on how to get better in pharmacy math let me tell you of a real case scenario. I always prefer to use the experience of real case scenarios when it comes to explaining topics; especially pharmacy math, but anything that I bring to you guys.  

Real Case Story

Alright, let me tell you about a student we had and her name was Danielle. Now Danielle was pretty bad at math. We had to work through some things and Danielle will tell you herself, she was terrible at math. I mean, it was almost to the point I was kind of worried about if we could help her at all because to learn Pharmacy Math, you need to at least know the basic algebra concepts. But we were able to work with Danielle. We taught her for two to three weeks strong just on pharmacy math. We worked with her on her weak areas, coached her, tutored her, and got her getting used to working those problems. We gave her some key concepts that she can use every single time she does a problem. After all of that guess what?! In just three weeks Danielle got good at Pharmacy math and went on to pass the PTCB exam. I mean literally, the Pharmacy Math was the only thing holding her back from passing the exam. 

Now, are you curious why I told you about Danielle’s case? The reason is that Danielle wasn’t the best at math and you may be feeling the same way. I want you to know Danielle was not only the best at math, she was probably one of the worst. So if you feel like you are struggling with Pharmacy Math and are losing hope. This story is to help inspire you that you can get better!

Study A Lot And Practice More

Let me give you two key things that you need to do and be mindful of so that you can get the same results that Danielle got. The first thing that you need to do is this; you need to study a lot and practice even more. When it comes to Pharmacy Math, you should be practicing a lot. While it’s good to study you do not want to memorize every single formula. Practice math problems to help you understand how to do Pharmacy math and I’m telling you, that’s going to make a difference in your performance on the PTCB exam concerning math.

Learn With People

Lastly, get with someone that can show you the shortcuts, while learning information for the PTCB exam. You will need someone that can show you through the shortcuts and not make you take all these long roundabout ways to work Pharmacy Math Problems. Each person, each instructor, and each school will teach you different methods for learning Pharmacy Math. For us, as a company with my instructors, we prefer the method of learning concepts and not formulas at all. So whoever you go to be tutored by, they’re going to have their methods. By all means, if it’s helping you pass the exam, stand by it and do it but at least get with someone that can shop you the way to passing and learning Pharmacy Math.

Please do not learn or study on your own. I see so many students, they struggle before they come to us. They struggle so hard because they tried to do it on their own and they’re like “Oh my god, I failed the exam”. Granted there are those students that do it on their own, not to negate that. But for you, I know you’re super serious about passing this exam on the first attempt, and if this is your second attempt then definitely do not do it by yourself. 

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Topics on the 2020 PTCB Exam

Hey! Do you know what’s on the PTCB exam this year? Like, seriously, you’re doing all that studying, and do you know? Are you sure? Let’s see then! 

 Pharmacy Math

I’m just going to cut straight to the chase. The first thing that you need to look out for on this year’s PTCB exam is Pharmacy Math. I’m sure you’ve probably heard this over and over and over and over again. You need and I mean need to understand Pharmacy Math. For the basics, you would need to know algebra. Another part you will need to know is terminology. If you got those two down then you’ll do great in Pharmacy Math. 

Top 200 Drugs

The second thing you need to know for the PTCB exam this year is the top 200 drugs. Now, contrary to popular belief, don’t just know the brand and generic only. But let me say this, you also don’t need to study so hard that you’re trying to become a pharmacist if you’re just trying to pass the PTCB exam. Just learn the basic brand, generic, group classification, and pharmacology. You would need to understand those topics but in no way do you need to memorize every single fact in those topics. Do not overwhelm yourself and please do not cram your head with the top 200 drugs. 

 Pharmacy Functionality

Lastly, for the PTCB 2020 exam, you will need to know pharmacy functionality. Now, what does that include? This topic is all things regarding safety in pharmacy. These are things like procedures and law in pharmacy. The rules of the operation of pharmacy encompass. So you need to know everything dealing with that as it pertains to your scope of work. 

So again, you do not need to know all these topics in-depth as a pharmacist, but you do need to know enough within your scope to practice to pass the PTCB exam. That is the basic overview of what you will need to know for the PTCB 2020 exam. Remember that cramming does no one any good. Take your time to understand all the topics and make sure that you can go into the exam with confidence Goodluck and I wish you the best in your studies!

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How To Get Better in Pharmacy Math

Are you having a difficult time learning Pharmacy Math? Is it the subject you’re struggling with the most? Fear not as we have amazing tips to help you get better and improve your skills. Pharmacy Math can be a scary thing to learn as there are a lot of variables that need to be taken into account to get the right answer. One wrong number placement and everything goes wrong. So here are 4 tips that will surely guarantee to help you overcome Pharmacy math.

Mastering Word Problems

The first thing you would need to master is word problems. Alright now, I’m not just saying this just because. Ask anyone that has taken it and failed or passed the exam. They’ll tell you the same thing as I am telling you now. Yes, there will be problems on there that just won’t be two plus two equals four. It sadly won’t be that easy. You’re going to face problems that will get your brain turning in different directions to figure out the right way. 

Don’t Use Pharmacy Math Formulas

The second tip you would need to know to improve on pharmacy math is not to use formulas. Yes, you heard me right, “Don’t Use Formulas”. You may be curious as to why I am suggesting you don’t use formulas and here’s why. Contrary to popular belief, formulas are not always the easiest method. You’re trying to cram and memorize those formulas, and I’m telling you, it’ll probably just give you a headache at the end of the day. We’ve heard many horror stories about students who were sitting at the computer, taking the exam, trying to remember that one formula, and just forgot and for that reason, they got discouraged and failed the exam. Please, do not let that be you, okay? There are other ways to master pharmacy math without using formulas. 

Understand Math, Don’t Memorize

Now if you choose formulas, of course, that’s your choice. But our solution to not using formulas is to use concepts. You will need to understand not just basic algebra but also terminology, weights, and temperatures. Those topics are just the general topics you would need to understand to master Pharmacy Math. Let me emphasize that I said to “understand” these topics and not to memorize them. If you have a clear understanding of these topics for Pharmacy Math will be easy for you. Take this as a challenge and don’t run from it!

I hope that was more than to at least get you started with Pharmacy Math. If you do need more specific and in-depth help with overcoming Pharmacy Math then go ahead and join our Master Class! We’ll give you more information and help you with specific instructions on how to overcome and pass Pharmacy Math. 

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“How to Study and Pass the PTCB Exam?” | Pharmacy Technician Study Guide

Most students and instructors are stressing out because of exam changes, and future industry changes that are coming.

If I could share one thing with students and instructors this year in one word it would be: FOCUS!

At the end of the day our goal is to help students get certified this year with as less hassle as possible anything else outside of that…. Doesn’t exist.

You’re going to get a straight up answer here, no fluff, no gimmicks! To all my uncertified pharmacy techs, be encouraged, LET’S GOOOO! Check out the video below to get an overview on how to properly study for the PTCB Exam and pass it.

Do You Need to Pass the PTCB Exam? 

If you’re looking to pass the PTCB & ExCPT exam, I have a free class that reveals The EXACT Process Students Use To Pass the PTCB Exam in 3 Months or Less Without Failing. Click here to check it out.

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“What Should I Look For To Learn Information Systems in Pharmacy?” | Pharmacy Technician Study Guide

Pharmacy Technician Study Guide | The #AskPTLShow

Are you looking for a pharmacy technician study guide? You can get a good start here…

I’ve had so many students ask me about Information Systems….. Eeeeek!

Information systems is one of the more “vague” topics but it’s not really as tough as you think….

Here are some key points you can get started with Information Systems:

  • Computer Applications for Use When Dispensing Prescriptions
  • Electronic Medical Record
  • Patient Behavior
  • Other Patient Information
  • FDA MedWatch Program
  • Medication Dispensing Devices
  • Documentation Management
  • Databases
  • Pharmacoinformatics
  • Computer Applications
  • User Access
  • Interface
  • Reports (usage reports, inventory reports, override reports, and diversion reports)
  • Standards for Electronic Health Records

What is your #1 goal right now? 

If you’re looking to pass the PTCB & ExCPT exam, I have a free class that reveals The EXACT Process Students Use To Pass the PTCB Exam in 3 Months or Less Without Failing. Click here to check it out.

If you’re ready to work with me so I can help you pass the exam, go here.

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