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Entries for February 2016

Call for Nominations for MSPT Executive Committee Members

In the fall of each year, MSPT conducts an election of individuals to serve as the leadership for MSPT. The MSPT Executive Committee is the group that is responsible for directing the activities of MSPT. This year there are a couple of openings on the MSPT Executive Committee.

The MSPT Executive Committee meets four times in face-to face meetings (typically 3 meetings in Flint and one meeting in Lansing from 10-1 p.m.) and conducts a meeting in December by conference call/Go-to-Meeting.

The MSPT Executive Committee is especially interested in seeking an individual(s) from the health system practice setting. Practice settings currently represented on the Executive Committee include: long-term care; community independent; community chain, specialty pharmacy; academia and managed care. The goal of MSPT is to have a diverse group of pharmacy technicians to help assist making MSPT more relevant for our members.

Individuals interested in submitting their name to serve on the Executive Committee or to learn more information about the Executive Committee should contact Larry Wagenknecht at larry@michiganpharmacists.org.

Posted in: Member News
How To Verify a DEA Number Old School Style

by Angela Faszczewski, CPhT 

While most of us will be using our prescription processing software to validate prescriber DEA numbers, manual verification is a cool party trick and a routine question on Technician certification exams. So here's a reminder on how to manually check a number old school style...

The first letter indicates registrant type:

A/B/F/G - Hospital/Clinic/Practitioner/Teaching Institution/Pharmacy

M - Mid-Level Practitioner (APN/CNP/PA/OD/ET, etc.)

P/R - Manufacturer/Distributor/Researcher/Analytical Lab/Importer/Exporter/Reverse Distributor/Narcotic Treatment Program

The second letter indicates the first letter of the registrant's last name or a “9” for registrants using a business address instead of a name. Keep in mind the DEA number doesn't change for a prescriber who marries – or divorces – so the second letter will match the original registration name. 

Now for the fun part...doing the math!

Example DEA NumberB J 6 1 2 5 3 4 1 

 

 

6

+

2

+

3

 

 

 

 

 

=

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

J

6

1

2

5

3

4

1

 

 

 

 

+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

+

5

+

4

=

10

x

2

=

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

=

31

1. Add together the 1st, 3rd and 5th digits.

2. Add together the 2nd, 4th and 6th digits. Double it.

3. Add the two totals together.

4. The second digit in that total is the check digit.

 

Sources

Posted in: Member News
Crossman to Receive MSPT Technician of the Year

Pamela Crossman, Pharmacy Supervisor for Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, Michigan will be receiving MSPT’s highest honor – the MSPT Technician of the Year Award. The award will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 27 during the MSPT Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

Crossman was selected as Technician of the Year for her long standing contributions to the pharmacy and patients at Lakeland Health in southwestern Michigan, a multi-hospital organization that includes an outpatient center with a community pharmacy.

Crossman first became a member of the MSPT in 1979. In Dec. 1981, she took the MPA Pharmacy Certified Technician exam in Lansing, the first test ever offered by MPA (or anywhere in the country) to certify pharmacy technicians. She transferred her certification when the Michigan program was folded into PTCB in 1995. This makes Crossman one of the longest certified technicians in the entire country!

Crossman’s responsibilities currently include scheduling, hiring, training and management of the technicians and interns. She is also responsible for ensuring that they are up to date on their competencies, certifications and licenses.  Crossman is also the Pyxis manager for all sites, which includes installing new equipment, optimizing the stations, maintaining the formulary as well as upgrades. 

Crossman has worked for the same hospital organization her entire career. Her certification has lead to a variety of new roles and opportunities for advancement within the pharmacy.  In 1986, the hospital decided to implement a new computer system and she was selected for training and software certification and assumed the role of Pharmacy Systems Analyst, a position which she held for over 20 years.  She was promoted to Pharmacy Supervisor in 2004.  According to Crossman, her hospital organization realized that the technicians who took the initiative to become certified, deserved to be recognized and they were placed in a higher pay scale with more responsibilities. She clearly fulfilled their expectations.

Crossman is very proud of her responsibilities and position as the Pharmacy Supervisor. “My skills and dedications to the job empower me to be the leader I am in our organization and every single day I get the opportunity to help someone and inspire others.  Through the years my commitment to excellence has been an enduring source of pride in my job and I strive to do what’s right for the patient and the organization.

When asked what is the biggest change in pharmacy since you started as a pharmacy technician? Crossman replied, “With each passing year that I have worked in pharmacy, the role of the pharmacy technician has advanced with increased responsibilities as the pharmacist role has advanced in the overall care of the patient. The role has changed from just being a clerk to being a respected member of the pharmacy team.

Crossman has also been active in the community by serving on the Advisory Board of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences for Southwestern Michigan College and the Healthcare Education Institute Advisory Board for Lake Michigan College. She also serves as the pharmacy liaison for all of the EMS agencies in Berrien County. She is a member of MSPT and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

When Crossman was asked what she wished someone would have told her back when she first started as a pharmacy technician that would have made her life a whole lot easier? She replied, “I don't know that that anything would have prepared me for the "ride" I've been on for the last 41 years with all the growth the pharmacy technician position has seen. For those becoming technicians now, I would say...the opportunities as a pharmacy technician are endless. Make every day a learning experience.”

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New Online Book Club for MPA Members Coming Soon

Michigan Pharmacists Association is launching a new, interactive opportunity for all members in mid-March – an online book club! 

It’s easy and convenient and fits into your schedule. You will enjoy engaging conversations with fellow pharmacy professionals. 

Our first book, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, is perfect for anyone who wants to develop leadership skills and promote harmony between personal and professional roles. 

Join the book club’s e-mail list to get the latest updates by going to MichiganPharmacists.org/onlinebookclub. You will need to login to MPA’s Web site to access the page. 

Order your book through Amazon Smile and choose Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) as your charity. Your purchase will make a contribution to the Foundation. 

Flyers with more information will be available at the MPA Annual Convention & Exhibition. Watch for more details on the Web site and in E-news as we get closer to the launch date in mid-March.

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National Public Health Week to be Observed April 4-10

National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association, aims to help protect and improve our nation’s health, with a different focus area each year highlighting efforts made across the country. For the past several years, the initiative has focused on the Healthiest Nation 2030. This year’s annual observance is April 4-10, 2016. 

People in other nations are healthier and live longer than we do in the U.S. Together, we can make America the place where everyone has the best opportunity in the world for a long, healthy life. Join the movement and help recognize this observance by signing the online pledge and distributing the NPHW brochure available at www.nphw.org/2016.

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