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Pharmacist are not the only ones that need to know about pharmacy law. It can be quite hard to stay up-to-date with the pharmacy law because of the constant changes from year to year and the differences can be confusing when hearing different rumors all over the news.
One thing to keep in mind about pharmacy law (especially for pharmacy technicians), “What You See Is What You Get”. Though it changes from year to year, there is no need to interpretation or confusion, whatever the law is at the time…. Is simply what it is.
Read further to see how you can stay up to date and make sure you are using the right information.
All over the internet there are CE programs that offer pharmacy law CE’s. Many pharmacy technicians all over the nation are required to maintain their education over the years of being certified. Getting these continued education credits will also put you ahead of the curb in staying up to date with pharmacy law as well.
Make sure you always check your state board of pharmacy website for the latest updates in pharmacy law. State by state the board of pharmacy has different laws and regulations. For instances the pharmacy law in the state of California may differ from the law in the state of Texas. Regardless, these can be found on your state board of pharmacy website very easy access.
Pharmacy is a highly regulated profession. In a nutshell pharmacy law is all about the current legal logistics of pharmacy. For example, “how long is the pharmacy able to hold a patient’s C2 medication before filling it?” This also includes laws according to changes in technology, and healthcare personnel.
Pharmacy law exam questions can be quite tough on a general level, because keep in mind, not only do pharmacy technicians have a level of pharmacy law they have to know for their scope of practice, but other pharmacy professionals such as pharmacist, pharmaceutical sales reps, etc. also have to know pharmacy law for their scope of practice.
So of course at each level of practice there are hard, and agonizing questions that will be presented to test your level of knowledge as a professional, so it’s to be expected.
As you read future to will see how you can overcome every exam hurdle and why its actually (for you because you have this information) won’t be as hard when you face those pharmacy law exam questions.
This is partially because “What You See Is What You Get With Pharmacy Law”. So because pharmacy law is not conceptual, memory and even some reasoning does come into play with learning the information.
Read on a let’s talk more about your specific scope of practice as a pharmacy technician and they type of questions you will be facing when it comes to pharmacy law.
Now when it comes to what you need to know for the PTCB exam, it’s pretty clean cut and dry. Literally, what you see is what you get and there is no way around the right answer when you take the actual exam. So it’s important to make sure that while you study for your exam you are studying direct and accurate information.
Make sure that the information is up to date. You may wonder “how can I ensure that”?
Go to a trusted tried and true source that can show you the way. Use trusted tried and true study materials.
You study materials for PTCB or ExCPT pharmacy law should consist of federal rules, laws, and guidelines. Make sure you don’t confuse state laws with federal because these are two totally different things. Federal laws apply to all states nationwide, and state laws are ‘more personal’ to the state.
Here are some examples of questions you may encounter:
HIPPA was enacted in:
Patient identifiable information includes all of the following except:
Did you know that chain pharmacies like CVS or Walgreens make up 70% of the pharmacy market today, there is a law that chain pharmacies are not allowed to operate in the state of North Dakota. Now you see why it’s important to know the laws of your state?
Here are some more crazy pharmacy laws that you probably didn’t know about:
It still doesn’t hurt to have an abundance of pharmacy law material that you can use from others. So check out these pharmacy law flashcards and test yourself to see what you know.
Here is a really good set of cards you can have fun with: PHARMACY TECHNICIAN FLASH CARDS
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