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Walk-in, on-site registration will be available for the 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar
AzPA
We hope to see you at the Hilton El Conquistador on March 8. For more information click here.
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Update on federal provider status
AzPA
The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, of which the Arizona Pharmacy Association is a member, has partnered with other pharmacy organizations to form the Patient Access to Pharmacists Care Coalition. This new coalition will be working to advance the pharmacist provider status initiative at the federal level by developing and promoting a policy proposal that will increase patient access to pharmacists' patient care services. Although it is anticipated that this group will continue to grow in number the current members are as follows:
  • Albertson's
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Amerisource Bergen
  • Bi-Lo Pharmacy
  • Cardinal Health
  • CVS Caremark
  • Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
  • Fred's Pharmacy
  • Fruth Pharmacy
  • International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP)
  • National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA)
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)
  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway Inc.
  • SuperValu Pharmacies
  • Thrifty White Pharmacy
  • Walgreens
  • Winn-Dixie
The Arizona Pharmacy Association will work with NASPA to keep you informed of PAPCC's progress. Although the policy that is developed will impact federal law, activity at the state level is just as important. It is critical that you stay active in our association to stay informed and active in issues that affect patients and pharmacists in our state.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Prescription drug overdose — Can we be honest?
By Jason Poquette
Some topics tend to generate more heat than light, and prescription drug overdose is one of them. Type in the word "addiction" or "overdose" into any news search engine, and you will quickly have a list of articles longer than the half-life of methadone to manage. And this isn't surprising. The number of deaths attributed to drug overdose in America is climbing; approximately 40,000 per year, according to Dr. Robert Pearl in a recent article posted online at Forbes.com. This is a serious issue, and many readers may personally know the tragedy associated with prescription drug overdose.
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Reinventing the pharmacist role in a hospitalist model of care
APhA
According to Erik D. Maki, transitions of care can be like a game of telephone, in which a teacher whispers something to a student, who whispers the same phrase to the next student, and by the time the phrase goes around the room, it's turned into something completely different.
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Chronically ill facing high drugs costs under US health law
Reuters
President Barack Obama's ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick has not stopped insurers from increasing up-front charges for the expensive drugs needed to control chronic illnesses from leukemia to multiple sclerosis.
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Telemedicine shows satisfaction and safety, but obstacles remain
Pharmacy Practice News
It was nighttime in Berlin, Md., when a patient was admitted to Atlantic General Hospital in early February, with a suspected diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis. Given the rarity of the flesh-eating bacterial infection, the ICU nurse sought the opinion of a critical care physician to corroborate the diagnosis. One obstacle: No specialist was at hand.
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Middle-aged adults hit hard by flu this season
Pharmacy Times
Data from California indicate that there have been more severe flu cases this season than in any season since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and two-thirds of severe cases have occurred in those aged 41 to 64.
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Middle-aged adults hit hard by flu this season
Pharmacy Times
Data from California indicate that there have been more severe flu cases this season than in any season since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and two-thirds of severe cases have occurred in those aged 41 to 64.

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Pharmacists place near top of US News & World Report job rankings
Pharmacy Times
Pharmacists slip to fifth place from third place in the previous U.S. News rankings, but continue to place highly thanks to relatively good pay and the promise of job growth.

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Drug might help heavy drinkers limit their booze
HealthDay News
An anti-epilepsy drug might help problem drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption, according to new research. The study of the drug topiramate included 138 heavy drinkers who were divided into two groups.

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CDC: Vaccines prevent millions of infections, save billions in costs
HealthDay News
Childhood vaccines have the potential to prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease among Americans born in a given year, according to a new analysis.
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Spike in ADHD meds, antidepressants in kids
Medscape
An increase in prescription drug use among U.S. children and teens, particularly psychostimulants and antidepressants, as well as growing teen admission rates for mental health issues and substance abuse are among the top findings in a new report from the Health Care Cost Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit, nonpartisan research group.
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Amitriptyline 'arguably' effective for functional dyspepsia
Pharmacy Practice News
At long last there is good evidence that amitriptyline is effective for the treatment of functional dyspepsia. The data was generated by a multicenter study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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More information emerging on NSAIDs' potential cardiovascular risks
ASHP
If the FDA heeds its advisers, the across-the-board boxed warning about nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs and cardiovascular thrombotic events will continue not to differentiate among the agents but may stop implying that the potential increased risk of events is insubstantial with short treatment courses.
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