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Pharmacy technician training update 2021

In Jan 2020 I submitted documentation to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy to have a board approved program at Lawson State Community College. This program was approved and is entitled “Non Credit Pharmacy Technician Program at Lawson State”.

I now have an additional program which follows the same format entitled “Alabama Pharmacy Tech”. The content for both programs is now housed at the following website: http://alabamapharmacytech.com

The classes meet virtually utilizing “Google Meet”. There are 14 modules currently to complete, 10 quizzes, and one final exam. Both courses primary intent are to give future/current pharmacy technicians access to both the practicing pharmacist and certified pharmacy technician. Emphasis is placed on technicians becoming competent in the day to day processes and workflows of a “community pharmacy”.

If you or another person is interested in completing an ALBOP approved pharmacy technician course please feel free to contact us at alabama.pharmacytech@gmail.com

In your message please state in the subject line: Enrollment request. In the body of the email state the following: name, current city and state, current registration status with ALBOP (registered or not registered), and the reason why you want to be a pharmacy tech. Once enrolled you have 6 weeks to complete the course.

Currently there are slots available through the Lawson State program that are “free”. Thus, I’m not charging currently. I will simply take your email and forward it to Lawson State while spots are available and they will determine if you qualify for this opportunity. Session one just completed last week for me. And we are looking to have session 2 sometime in September.

Best of luck!

Pharmacy pearls.. blog#1

Intranasal midazolam and diazepam are now commercially available. You may notice increased demand from your prescribers for these products because patients may feel that the nasal formulation is less intrusive in comparison to rectal diazepam.

Also many providers may choose to use these products instead of diazepam rectal gel because of administration concerns… as the nasal formulations are deemed easier to administer by caregivers and/or school nurses.

Pharmacists, be careful when dispensing the 15mg and 20mg intranasal diazepam products — please note that each intranasal dose is 7.5mg per nostril for the 15mg product and 10mg per nostril for the 20mg product. This can be somewhat confusing initially as the 5mg and 10mg products do not follow the same pattern of being one-half of the listed dose per nostril (please read package insert to better understand).

Lastly, please refer to the package inserts of each product to ensure dosing is appropriate. In particular for pediatric patients. Please ensure that your prescribers directions are accurate, and that your patients and caregivers understand how to administer the product. Access to these products may be slower than normal due to the pandemic; thus make sure your patients know which pharmacies in their community dispense the product, so that they can make informed decisions prior to and after discharge from the hospital.

FDA guidance intranasal diazepam

FDA guidance intranasal midazolam

***Note: Please refer to the FDA package inserts, your pharmacy’s drug information resources, your state board of pharmacy policies, and your clinical judgement prior to dispensing. And if you still have further questions please never hesitate to contact the drug manufacturer. Information in this blog post does not substitute for your own clinical judgement. ***

***Patients, please discuss all medical and pharmacy options with your physician. This blog post does not substitute for an individual one on one consultation with your physician. In all cases of emergency please always call 911***

Sam Blakemore is the Pharmacy Manager of Peds Rx Pharmacy Solutions. Connect with him via: LinkedIn