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ADHS recommendations concerning Tdap vaccine
Arizona Department of Health Services
Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease that causes severe coughing in all ages, but it is more likely to kill infants. In Arizona in 2013 there were 1431 reported cases of pertussis — numbers still provisional — the highest numbers of cases that Arizona has seen since the 1950's.
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Arizona's health IT future
Arizona Health-e Connection
A community forum and a webinar on the newly released Arizona's Health IT Roadmap 2.0 and the recently announced affiliation of AzHeC & HINAz.

Arizona Health-e Connection and Health Information Network of Arizona recently announced a formal affiliation of the two organizations. A week later, Arizona's Health IT Roadmap 2.0, a statewide health IT strategic plan and update to Arizona's original health IT roadmap, was published.

Find out more about the initiatives, projects and plans to advance health IT and HIE in Arizona at a community forum April 2 or via webinar April 3 or 7. We are nearing capacity for next week's events, so register now. The April 7 webinar was recently added to allow additional participation. Register today, to reserve your spot.

Location
Arizona Medical Association
810 W. Bethany Home Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Community Forum (nearing capacity)
Wednesday — April 2
1 to 3 p.m.

Webinar
Thursday - April 3, 2014
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Added Webinar due to popular demand!
April 7
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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PHARMACY UPDATES


Is pharmacy a smart career choice?
By Jason Poquette
Ever since U.S. News and World Report listed pharmacy as the No. 5 best job for 2014, the profession has been hotly debating the question of the future of our career path. Some say it's over because of dangerously-busy working conditions. Others, however, see hope on the horizon with the advent of provider status seemingly just around the corner. Such divergent opinions beg the simple question: Is pharmacy a smart career choice? Would you do it again if you could start over? What do you recommend to others?
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Industry pulse: Should people take vitamins and supplements?
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Efforts ongoing to combat IV nitroglycerin shortage
Medscape
Intravenous nitroglycerin continues to be in short supply in the United States, and efforts are ongoing to try to boost supplies, Baxter International and the FDA told Medscape Medical News.
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Emergency department opioid prescriptions dramatically increase
Pharmacy Times
The likelihood that an emergency department patient will receive a prescription for an opioid painkiller has increased significantly in recent years, while the portion of visits to emergency departments that are pain-related has only risen moderately, the results of a new study find.
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IN THE NEWS


Prescribing errors reduced by electronic medication alerts designed with provider in mind
Medical News Today
Changing how medication alerts are presented in electronic medical records resulted in safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for healthcare providers who placed drug orders in a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
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MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of AzPA Pharmacy Flash, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the healthcare industry, your knowledge lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Efforts ongoing to combat IV nitroglycerin shortage
Medscape
Intravenous nitroglycerin continues to be in short supply in the United States, and efforts are ongoing to try to boost supplies, Baxter International and the FDA told Medscape Medical News.

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Pharmacy's 'monster spray' cures kids' fear of the dark
The Huffington Post
A pharmacy in North Dakota has put a little girl's fears to bed, prescribing a bottle of "Monster Spray" to help keep at bay all the things that go "bump" in the night.

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Common cold meds may pose health threats
HealthDay News
Over-the-counter sinus and pain remedies that combine two common ingredients — phenylephrine and acetaminophen — might cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, dizziness and tremors, New Zealand researchers warn.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Study: New drug lowers cholesterol beyond what statins can do
HealthDay News
Two studies find that an experimental cholesterol-lowering drug is effective when combined with statins and beats another add-on drug when it comes to helping hard-to-treat patients.
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Get a flu shot and prevent a CV event — it's that simple
Medscape
Despite recommendations for universal vaccination of all individuals older than 6 months, influenza vaccine uptake in the United States remains dismal. Although there are clear benefits of large-scale vaccination in terms of both use of healthcare resources and improved work productivity, the issue of whether the influenza vaccine may prevent cardiovascular events has been controversial.
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Neuraminidase inhibitors may reduce death risk for H1N1
Pharmacy Times
Adult patients hospitalized with influenza A H1N1 during the 2009-2010 pandemic who were treated with neuraminidase inhibitors were significantly less likely to die from the illness, according to the results of a new meta-analysis. The study, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, also found that patients who received the antiviral medications within two days of the appearance of symptoms had a reduced risk of death compared with those who were treated later or not at all.
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Diabetes treatment falls short as heart failure drug in study
HealthDay News
A drug commonly used to treat diabetes does not help prevent heart failure in nondiabetics who've had a heart attack, according to a new study. Researchers said results from the rigorous clinical trial dispute previous findings that showed the drug, metformin, could have a protective effect on the heart.
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