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VA pharmacy techs now required to receive PTCB certification

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Pharmacy technicians working for the Department of Veterans Affairs will be required to receive certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, under new regulations announced Friday.

The new regulations stem from formal recommendations from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and parallel standards in the private sector, the PTCB said.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs relies extensively on its cadre of pharmacy technicians to provide a world-class pharmacy benefit to our nation’s veterans,” VA chief consultant for pharmacy benefits management Michael Valentino stated. “PTCB certification provides a solid foundation to support the pharmacy technician services of the VA as they work to serve our nation’s veterans.”

VA pharmacy techs work in a number of settings, including hospitals, outpatient care, pharmacy automation, staffing phone lines and working within the Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy, a mail-order pharmacy service.

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Target to expand its retail clinic presence

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS Target is looking to open eight new clinic locations this September, which includes new clinics at Target stores in Chicago and three in the Palm Beach, Fla., area.

Target introduced the Target Clinic in 2006 and currently operates 28 nurse practitioner-staffed locations in Minnesota and Maryland.

"Target is committed to helping our guests and team members achieve total well-being," stated Keri Jones, SVP health and beauty for Target. "By offering convenient, affordable and high quality care with no appointment necessary, Target Clinic is the perfect solution for busy families."

Construction is underway at the Evanston, South Loop and Near North Chicago Target stores. In early June, construction will begin at the Broadview and Tinley locations as well as the three Palm Beach-area Target stores. The eight new Target Clinic locations are expected to be open in early September.

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Costco installs health kiosks in Canada pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mass merchandiser Costco is adding information kiosks to its 25 pharmacies in Canada’s Ontario province.

Aisle7, the U.S.-based company that makes the kiosks, said the kiosks would make customer self-care education on generic and branded drugs, as well as drug information, available through an interactive kiosk-based display.

“We’re excited to offer our shoppers the Aisle7 program as an extention to the services we provide in our pharmacy,” Costco assistant VP pharmacy eastern division for the United States and Canada Rick Duffy said. “Aisle7 provides us with a credible, easy-to-use information resource for our shoppers, as well as a customizable marketing platform to promote our monthly health events.”

 

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