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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Arizona Pharmacy Jobs: Becoming Certified in Pharmacy IV

Professionals with Arizona pharmacy jobs (Click here) may benefit from becoming certified in IV drug delivery.

At the most basic level, pharmacists are responsible for preparing and distributing prescription drugs to patients. However, these employees can take extra training in order to gain new skills and be able to perform more services in the pharmacy or their place of work.

Many pharmacists choose to become certified in pharmacy IV, which allows them to create and administer intravenous medications and other hazardous drugs. Some states even require pharmacists to receive this certification before they can begin practicing.

Students will benefit the most from taking a course through the National Pharmacy Technician Association, which offers many courses recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the organization that sets the standard for pharmaceutical education.

According to an article by, most IV certification courses focus on seven to nine skills that students will need in order to safely and efficiently prepare and administer intravenous medications to patients.

A typical IV certification course will teach students how to:

  • Perform mathematical calculations that are used to compound sterile products.
  • Correctly clean and use laminar flow hood.
  • Handle sterile products and make them stable and compatible.
  • Use the correct aseptic techniques to safely prepare, handle, and store chemotherapeutic chemicals.
  • Determine the risk levels of sterile pharmaceuticals.
  • Appropriately handle and dispose of biohazardous materials.
  • Discuss parenteral drug therapy and the principles of sterility.
  • Differentiate between the various IV drug delivery methods.
  • Adhere to state and federal regulations on compounding sterile pharmaceuticals.

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