Northern Maine Medical Center pharmacy technicians receive advanced credentials

FORT KENT, Maine — Janice Collins, pharmacist at the Northern Maine Medical Center Pharmacy, announced that five technicians have completed the requirements for obtaining advanced credentials as certified pharmacy technicians from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. 

Collectively, the five technicians bring 67 years of experience to the patients they serve at the pharmacy in Madawaska.

The board advances medication safety by certifying pharmacy technicians who are qualified to support pharmacists and patient care teams in all practice settings. Through the board’s certification program, pharmacy technicians are able to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer high quality patient care and service.

“The technicians invested several hours of study time to prepare for the exam while continuing to maintain job and personal responsibilities — they never skipped a beat. We are very proud of what they have accomplished,” said Collins.

To gain certification with the board, pharmacy technicians must meet eligibility requirements, which include a passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. To maintain certification, technicians must recertify every two years. The purpose of recertification is to ensure that pharmacy technicians stay up-to-date in pharmacy practice through the completion of 20 hours of Continuing Education.

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