Details on How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

How do I become a pharmacy technician? There is no simple answer for this question. Unlike pharmacists, pharmacy technicians do not have a national standard for what it takes to enter the profession. Every state gets to make up there own requirements for what you need to do. The first thing you need to do is check your states requirements. To do this, Google your state’s name and board of pharmacy (eg, California Board of Pharmacy). Once you find your state board of pharmacy site, look for where it discusses pharmacy technician requirements. Another option is to find a site that has already compiled this information for you and provided links to your board of pharmacy website (my site has this done for you). The rest of this article will go over some of the common requirements seen, but remember, every state can require different things (in fact, some states do not require anything).National Certification: Many states require some form of national certification. Many require it, some have it as one option to become a tech, others increase the pharmacist to technician ratio if the pharmacy has nationally certified techs, and other states do not mention it at all. The two most common options are the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT, but their exam is called ExCPT). When you complete national certification you have the professional designation of certified pharmacy tech (CPhT). To maintain national certification you must complete 20 hours of continuous education credits every 2 years. I recommend everyone obtain national certification, if your state does not require it, you will be more competitive when interviewing for a job.Training Program: The most important thing you need to know is that some states require an approved training program. The approval in some states is from the board of pharmacy; in other states they accept the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) approved programs. Some states do not have a training requirement, and others allow for on-the-job training. To obtain a solid knowledge about pharmacy, I do recommend a formal training program. Campus based programs are traditionally more expensive (there is more cost to run one). There are online programs that are much lower cost, and I think are a great option if you have other commitments (another job or school). Online programs are also great if you do not live by a campus based school.Other:

Experiential hours, these are hours training in an actual pharmacy. Some states require a specific number of hours prior to licensure/registration.
Age limits, most states require you to be at least 18 years of age; however, some states allow someone to train while in high school.
High school diploma or equivalent is typically required.
Criminal record, or lack thereof. Many states require an FBI background search, so do not lie about this. Just because you have a criminal history doesn’t mean you are out of luck. Be honest, up front, and most of all you need to put good behavior time between you and your conviction. SO, BE GOOD!
As you can see, how you become a pharmacy tech is highly dependent on your state. Once you find out your state requirements, the next thing is to make a decision and just do it (or not do it). Send me any comments or feedback, I love hearing from people and will personally respond.

Anti-aging Nutrition – Good Nutrition is the Key!

Anti-aging Nutrition might be the fountain of youth that we have all been looking for. The Baby Boomer generation seems to be constantly searching for the key to looking and feeling younger. On TV as well as magazine advertisements, women are presented with the perfect lotion to help you look years younger. These lotion advertisements all tout that if you start using their product today then that will help to reduce those fine lines on your face in no time. There are also advertisements for makeup that is also expected to help women look years younger. Where does it all stop! Rarely do you hear about good nutrition and how it can be the key to looking younger.How Important is Antiaging Nutrition?Good nutrition is very important. If you want to be healthy and look years younger, then you need to make sure that your body is getting the nutriments needed to stay healthy. A balanced lifestyle would also include minimum stress and exercising regularly. Eating a nutritional balanced diet and exercising is very important if we want to stay healthy and look younger. The majority of us really don’t do all that we can to stay healthy though. Antiaging nutrition is definitely the key to remaining and looking younger.Is Skin Care Products the Solution to Looking Younger?Skin care product advertisements would have you to believe that using their product will help you to look years younger but remember that antiaging nutrition really is the key here. Putting a good quality lotion on your face will of course help but the key to a beautiful radiant complexion is also good nutrition. In other words, a balanced nutritional diet is far more important than any lotion or makeup that you could purchase. Keep in mind though a good sunscreen is very important for protecting you from exposure to the sun. A good sunscreen protection always helps fight against the unavoidable aging process that oftentimes exposure to the sun can cause.Since many skin ailments are caused by poor nutrition, then being on a balanced nutritional diet should address that condition and improve your skin over time. If you are on a balanced nutritional diet, then selecting the skin care products to use should be so much easier because now you will not need to address certain skin care issues. Using a good quality skin care product as well as eating a nutritional balanced diet should guarantee that you will look as young as possible for as long as possible.Is Antiaging Nutrition the Key?Eating a nutritional balanced diet along with exercising will give you more energy, help you to sleep better, think clearer and reduce your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Those benefits along should make you want to consider getting healthier. And if in the process, you can remain and look younger then why in the world would you want to go back to your unhealthy lifestyle. Good nutrition is definitely the key to looking younger for as long as possible. Start today by eating a balanced nutritional diet, living a healthy lifestyle and getting regular exercise. Be fit in your 40s and beyond!

US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%

US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 1.14%. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 0.98% and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up by 0.71 per cent

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US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%
Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. Source: Reuters
US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 345.25 points or1.14 per cent. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 35.88 points or 0.98 per cent and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up 75.75 points or 0.71 per cent. A Reuters report said that today’s strength was on the back of a report which said the Federal Reserve will likely debate on signaling plans for a smaller interest rate hike in December, reversing declines set off by social media firms after Snap Inc’s ad warning.

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Nasdaq Top Gainers and Losers

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Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. The BSE Sensex ended at 59,307.15, up by 104.25 points or 0.18 per cent from the Thursday closing level. Meanwhile, the Nifty50 index closed at 17,590.00, higher by 26.05 points or 0.15 per cent. In the 30-share Sensex, 13 stocks gained while the remaining 17 ended on the losing side. In the 50-stock Nifty50, 21 stocks advanced while 29 declined.