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Pharmacy Technician Training: a Step-By-Step Career Guide

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If you are considering starting your new career by becoming a Pharmacy Technician, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will walk you through how to obtain the right qualifications, how to get nationally certified, and how to start applying for the job of your dreams. Choosing the Right Pharmacy Technician Training Program The first step in creating your new career as a pharmacy technician is to find a training program that works for you.    Here at Northwest, our Pharmacy Technician Training Program is designed to fit around your life and commitments, which is why we offer a blended..


Why Do Vaccines Take So Long to Make?

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In recent weeks, both Pfizer and Moderna have announced that their Covid-19 vaccines have performed well in testing and could be ready for distribution by 2021. The British Oxford Uni-AstraZeneca vaccine has also performed well in trials and had a less stringent need to be stored at extremely low temperatures.   However, given that vaccine trials often take years to complete, there has been some concern raised by the general public about potential safety issues created by vaccine fast-tracking.   These concerns have no real basis in reality and, in this article, we’ll be looking at why the longer testing..


How Does Vaccination Work?

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Vaccination is one of the primary tools in modern medical science’s fight against disease and is responsible for the limitation if not outright eradication of some of the most dangerous and formerly prevalent diseases known to humankind.    In this article, we’ll be looking at how vaccines work, how effective they are, and how safe they are. How Does Vaccination Work? Vaccination works by triggering you body’s immune response to produce specific antibodies. These antibodies are large proteins that act as scouts for your immune system, hunting down an infectious agent, and marking it for destruction by the immune system...


When Can We Expect a COVID-19 Vaccine

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In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, 240 different coronavirus vaccines are being worked on with 40 already in the clinical trials. In this article, we’ll be looking at the effect those vaccines could have, where they are in the development process, and when they could be available.  Why Is a Coronavirus Vaccine Important? According to the World Health Organization, immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year from a vast range of diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and measles.   Since the start of the outbreak, the total number of coronavirus cases has exceeded 34million, resulting in 1.01million..


What Is Remote Patient Monitoring?

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The current COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally changed how we approach healthcare and will have far-reaching effects on the future of the healthcare system. One of the side effects of this rapid change is the advancement of technological innovations to overcome the challenges of socially-distanced medical care.   Originally designed to help NASA monitor the health of astronauts, Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) allows healthcare providers, community nurses, and pharmacies to track important data on patients without needing face-to-face meetings.   In this article, we’ll be looking at how RPM works, its effectiveness, and how it could change how we approach healthcare...