This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.




  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit Apr. 9, 2013





















 




AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS

New legislation signed by Gov. Janice Brewer
AzPA
Three bills supported by AzPA were recently signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer.
  • Dangerous drugs; definition (HB 2327) expanded the definition of dangerous to include specific chemical configurations that typically compose synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts.
  • Pharmacy Board (SB1188) modifies some requirements for pharmacists to obtain licenses and expands the boards options for disciplinary actions. The legislation also expands the compressed medical gas supplier permit to include durable medical equipment. Further, it expands the definition of a prescription to include an order initiated by a pharmacist pursuant to a drug therapy agreement with a health provider, or immunizations or vaccines administered by a pharmacist.
  • Insurance coverage for telemedicine (SB1353) requires healthcare insurers to cover services provided through telemedicine if services would be covered if provided in person.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Register now for the AzPA Spring Clinical Symposium
AzPA

Collaboration for Improvement in Patient Outcomes

Presented by the AzPA Health-System Academy

Date: Saturday, April 27
Location: Banner Desert Medical Center

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Save the Date
AzPA


Friday, May 3

Geriatric Pharmacy Roundtable: A Focus on Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

Midwestern University College of Pharmacy Glendale


Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


2013 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention & Trade Show
AzPA



Watch your mailbox for complete information about the 2013 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention & Trade Show, June 27-30 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz.

Pharmacy: A Global Profession

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Not an AzPA member? Join today
AzPA
Not an AzPA member? Join the only statewide association representing all pharmacy professionals in all pharmacy practice settings. With over 1,500 members, we are a leading association of pharmacists spreading the news and events of our industry.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


PHARMACY UPDATES


The financial realities of taking cost out of healthcare
By Mike Wokasch
What's the first thing businesses do when they have to reduce costs? They manage headcount down and look for ways to reduce wages and benefits. From the auto and airline industries to big pharmaceutical companies, if you want to take out cost, you have to look at payroll expenses. This is especially true in any service-intensive industry like healthcare where people are at the core of your success but are also a major factor in the cost of operations. This is the elephant in the room when people discuss reducing healthcare costs and finding ways to "bend the cost curve."
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE

Industry pulse: Which will save the most money in our healthcare system?
ANSWER NOW


Last week's survey: Have you noticed an increase in ER admissions for "bath salt" use?
SEE RESULTS


Judge: Make morning-after pill available to all females
HealthDay News
A federal judge has ordered the FDA to make the so-called morning-after pill — an emergency contraceptive — available to all women regardless of age. The judge from the Eastern District of New York gave the FDA 30 days to remove age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception, such as Plan B One-Step. Until now, girls 16 and younger needed a doctor's prescription to get the pill, which typically works if taken within 72 hours after intercourse.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


White Sands Missile Range's health clinic goes virtual with help of new technology
Las Cruces Sun-News
The virtual world has reached the pharmacy at McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic with a state-of-the-art system that can help verify prescriptions for customers when the local pharmacist is not available. FlexCheck, a new remote verification webcam, allows for the pharmacy to be run by pharmacy technicians and still have the capability to distribute prescriptions to patients.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Walgreens Pharmacy extends care to treat chronic illnesses
Medical News Today
Walgreens has announced it will now expand its services to chronic care in the majority of its in-store clinics. Currently, Walgreens has 370 Take Care Clinics that were set up to treat minor medical issues when consumers are unable to make an appointment with a doctor, or to receive flu shots. Now, Walgreens will expand their available services into chronic care.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


IN THE NEWS


Pharmacists find new ways to improve care transitions
Medscape
When patients move from a hospital to home, it is a challenge to maintain a consistent level of care and manage their medications. A new report describes ways for pharmacists to collaborate with medical teams to deliver the best possible care.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Increased prevalence of hypertension and use of anti-hypertensive medications
American Pharmacists Association
From 2005 to 2009, self-reported hypertension among U.S. adults increased from 25.8 to 28.3 percent, and use of anti-hypertensive medications increased from 61.1 to 62.6 percent among adults reporting hypertension. These data were based on a CDC analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System — a state-based telephone survey assessing the health of adults 18 years or older — and reported in the April 5 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Zebrafish make a splash in FDA research
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
A tiny fish no wider than your thumbnail may someday make a big difference to your health, but not because it's going to show up on your dinner plate. Zebrafish have been making a splash in the world of scientific research for some time. In 2003, the National Institutes of Health ranked the torpedo-shaped fish the third most important experimental organism after rats and mice, and it's quickly gaining ground.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Duckworth presses for continued Saturday delivery of prescription meds
American Pharmacists Association
Citing concern for patients who rely on low-cost mail delivery of prescription medications, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and 88 House members sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging continued six-day prescription drug delivery. The lawmakers were responding to Donahoe's Feb. 6 announcement that the U.S. Postal Service will move to a five-day delivery schedule beginning in August.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Bath salts aren't just for the bathtub anymore (By Cynthia Sheppard Solomon)
PTCB plans major update to certification requirements (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)
FDA approves 1st in new class of Type 2 diabetes drugs (HealthDay News via WVNY-TV)
UPS to forfeit $40 million over illegal online pharmacy shipments (Reuters)
Contraception and headache (Medscape)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


MEDICATION UPDATES


Experimental vaccine shows promise for ovarian cancer
HealthDay News
A novel but preliminary new treatment for ovarian cancer has apparently produced complete remission for one patient with an advanced form of the disease, researchers are reporting. The promising results of a Phase I clinical trial for the immunotherapy approach also showed that seven other women had no measurable disease at the end of the trial, the researchers added.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Many patients who discontinue statins successfully resume therapy
Pharmacy Times
More than half of patients who discontinued statins due to a statin-related event were able to successfully resume therapy within a year, according to the results of a study published in the April 2 edition of Annals of Internal Medicine. Despite their widespread use and effectiveness, statins are frequently discontinued, placing patients at increased risk of cardiovascular events and death. Discontinuation is frequently associated with reported adverse reactions, particularly muscle pain.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


FDA OKs carbinoxamine ER for allergic rhinitis in children
Medscape
The FDA has approved carbinoxamine maleate extended-release, the first liquid, sustained-release histamine-H1 receptor blocker, indicated for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in children aged 2 years and older, the company said. The drug will be available in a 4 mg/5 mL oral suspension.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE
 

AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Danielle Wegert, Content Editor, 469.420.2696   
Contribute news

Disclaimer: The AzPA Pharmacy Flash is a weekly roundup of articles of interest to pharmacists and pharmacy professionals. This email may contain an advertisement of AzPA and/or third party products and services. Opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the views of AzPA or its advertising partners. The AzPA Pharmacy Flash is compiled by MultiBriefs, a division of MultiView, Inc. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.

This edition of the AzPA Pharmacy Flash was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here — it's free!
Recent issues
April 9, 2013
April 2, 2013




7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063