LATROBE, PA,  December 11, 2020 – PRS Pharmacy Services has partnered with the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) to help independent pharmacies expand their reach in delivering COVID-19 vaccines and administering point-of-care tests, such as COVID-19 testing. Under the new partnership, NPTA’s flat-rate offering now includes three nationally recognized programs for pharmacy technicians: an Immunization Administration Training Program, a Point-of-Care Testing Program and a Basic Life Support Certification.

“PRS is proud to partner with NPTA to expand their nationwide pharmacy training program,” said Harry Lattanzio, R.PH., President and Founder of PRS. “We recognize that our country is at a pivotal moment. Training pharmacy technicians quickly, efficiently and thoroughly is critical to our nation’s health and future. As a pharmacy consulting and services provider, we have partnered with thousands of independent pharmacies all over the United States, and we are excited to help them expand their role in responding to the pandemic.

Developed under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NPTA’s Immunization Administration Training Program is by far the most affordable, accessible and scalable program of its kind. The program has been designed to train hundreds of thousands of technicians within weeks, enabling the rapid deployment of vaccines to the public.

Unlike the majority of comparable training programs—which typically charge a high fee per technician trained—the NPTA program charges one low, fixed cost per pharmacy to provide the program to an unlimited number of technicians, including new hires, without incurring additional costs.

Designed for both large-scale chains and independent pharmacies, NPTA’s programs enable businesses to train more technicians in less time, at a lower cost. For the general public, this means that more vaccines can be administered in less time, potentially limiting the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.

“The faster we administer vaccines, the more lives we can save,” said Mike Johnston, CPhT, Founder & CEO of NPTA. “Pharmacy technicians are going to be vital to administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public, so it’s critical that we train a large number of technicians in a matter of weeks. Community pharmacies are among the most accessible health care facilities in the country, which is why we are so pleased to partner with PRS to help support independently owned pharmacies.”

In October, as part of the federal government’s “Warp Speed” vaccine development, production and distribution initiative, the HHS issued guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act authorizing qualified pharmacy technicians and interns to administer COVID-19 vaccines. NPTA’s Immunization Administration Training Program was developed to train hundreds of thousands of technicians in a matter of weeks, fulfilling a pivotal role in the country’s pandemic response.

“Pharmacists and their staff are critical to the COVID-19 response,” said Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D. in an October statement. “Together with pediatricians and family physicians, they are ensuring that Americans receive the vaccines they need where they need it.”

Companies interested in the program can learn more at www.PRSRx.com/ptiap