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PTCB to introduce updated exam in November

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board will introduce its updated certification examination later this year, the group said Thursday.

The PTCB said the updated exam, scheduled for introduction on Nov. 1, would measure the knowledge pharmacy techs need to effectively support pharmacists and advance patient safety. Candidates can take the updated exam if they apply on or after Nov. 1.

"The PTCE is the foundation of PTCB’s certification program," PTCB executive director and CEO Everett McAllister said. "We continually strive to ensure the PTCE is current and accurately tests the knowledge required in all sectors of pharmacy practice. The updated PTCE is psychometrically sound and reflects the results of our latest study across all practice settings, including community, hospital and federal."

The updates to the exam were based on the group’s latest Jobs Analysis Study of 25,712 pharmacy techs from every state and practice setting. The new exam places greater emphasis on knowledge areas such as medication safety and pharmacy information systems, and extensive work went into reorganizing the test and creating more specific knowledge domains, each with sub-domains; the updated exam has nine domains instead of three, with revised proportions of emphasis, but the number of questions — 90 multiple-choice — and exam length will not change.

 

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Pantene teams up with Walmart, Seventeen magazine for annual National Donate Your Hair Day

BY Antoinette Alexander

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Procter & Gamble’s Pantene hair care brand has teamed up with Walmart and Seventeen magazine for the second annual National Donate Your Hair Day on Sept. 7.

The day of giving encourages people to cut and donate their healthy hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program to make real-hair wigs available at no cost to women who have lost their hair because of cancer treatments.

On National Donate You Hair Day, Pantene is encouraging women across the country to donate their ponytails. To date, the Beautiful Lengths program has donated 28,000 real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks across the country. Those unable to donate can still be involved by pledging to donate next year or by planning a donation-cutting event for friends and family.

As a thank you to those who donate, Pantene Beautiful Lengths is running a special promotion at Walmart offering donors a rebate of up to $30 in the form of a Visa gift card by mail to cover the cost of their salon haircut. Beginning Sept. 3, donors can access the rebate by following three easy steps: 1) Request a donation kit from GotoBeautifulLengths.com/; 2) Visit any salon and cut a minimum of 8 in. of hair — remember to follow the guidelines for hair donation; and 3) Head to your nearest Walmart to purchase any Pantene product to style your new ‘do, then mail in your salon receipt, your Walmart receipt and your ponytail using the pre-paid envelope in the donation kit.

Those who cannot donate on Sept. 7 are still encouraged to make the cut. Walmart is running the promotion all through September and October to continue their support of the program and Pantene Beautiful Lengths accepts donations year-round.

 

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Giant-Landover kicks off 25th year of school-benefits program

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., is bringing back a rewards program for schools for the 25th year, the supermarket chain said Thursday.

Giant-Landover announced the the start of its annual A+ School Rewards fundraiser, which allows customers to sign up and designate up to two schools. Rewards accrue with each purchase using a Giant card starting on Oct. 4 and lasting through March 20. Last year, one school received more than $26,700, and the program has raised more than $88 million since 1989; money raised can be used for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds and other needs.

"In its 25th year, A+ School Rewards continues to be Giant’s flagship educational program," Giant president Anthony Hucker said. "Hundreds of thousands of students and educators across Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware have been able to benefit from this tremendous rewards initiative. Giant is proud to stand by our commitment to support and nurture the communities that make us the nation’s capital grocer."

 

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