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ASHP Honors and Awards call for nominations
ASHP
This invitation is being directed to you because we believe you are in a good position to nominate individuals for ASHP recognition. This call is for nominations for the following awards:
  • Honorary Members of ASHP
  • Board of Directors' Award of Honor
  • Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy Practice
  • Donald E. Francke Medal
  • Award of Excellence
  • Chief Executive Officer's Award for Courageous Service
  • ASHP/ABHP Joint Leadership Award
The ASHP awards program is designed to publicly express gratitude to individuals who have made important contributions, directly or indirectly, to advance the interests of hospital and health-system pharmacists as healthcare professionals. Click here for the ASHP Award Nomination Form.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 1.
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Reminder: NCPA Steering Committee nominations are due Aug. 28
John T. Sherrer, NCPA President-elect
One of the most important duties of the incoming president of NCPA is to select members to our Steering Committees. These committees provide important feedback to NCPA's CEO and assist in determining the direction of the association by providing valuable member insights. The committees also serve to identify potential future NCPA leaders. Selecting the committees is one of my most challenging tasks as NCPA president because we have so many talented and dedicated members from which to choose and a limited number of slots available on each committee.

Over the course of my years with NCPA, I have gotten to know many NCPA members, but I need your help to fill positions on certain committees.

Click here to fill out the nomination form.

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Save the date: Fall Conference Nov. 15
AzPA
Join us at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix! Participate in the Diabetes Certificate Program or Psychiatric Certificate Program Friday, Nov. 14. AzPA brings you the opportunity to earn up to 6.0 CE credits during our Fall Conference, Saturday, Nov. 15.
Online registration is coming soon. Stay connected on Twitter using #AzpaFall.

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Nominate a colleague for recognition by the American Pharmacists Association!
APhA
The APhA Awards and Honors Program is the profession's most comprehensive recognition program. Help us identify the students, practitioners, scientists and organizations most deserving of recognition at the 2015 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, California. Click here for information. Deadline: Sept. 1.
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2015 APhA Election: Lead. Make Change Happen.
APhA
The American Pharmacists Association is seeking leaders to help shape the profession's future. On the Board of Trustees, APhA President-elect and Trustee positions are both available. The available Academy positions are as follows: APhA-APRS Basic Sciences Chair-elect, Clinical Sciences Chair-elect and Economic, Social & Administrative Sciences Chair-elect are open for APhA pharmaceutical scientists and researchers; and APhA-APPM President-elect and Member-at-Large positions are open for APhA pharmacy practitioners. Click here for additional information on available positions. Deadline: Oct. 1.
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We are pleased to invite you to take part in a Web-based educational program!
Dr. William Schaffner
The webcast, titled Influenza and Chronic Medical Conditions: How Risk Adds to Risk in the Older Adult, will be moderated by Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, Department of Health Policy, and professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

This non-CME presentation will explore ways in which influenza and comorbidities, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, interact to increase the risks of influenza-related complications, hospitalization and death. The webcast will also stress how important it is for healthcare providers to identify and immunize patients at high risk of influenza, especially older adults who are likely to have one or more comorbid conditions. Lastly, the program will review why the use of vaccines that generate a higher immune response may be important to help prevent influenza infection and its potentially life-threatening complications in older adults.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


The growing threat of antibiotic resistance
By Rosemary Sparacio
A number of diseases once easily treatable have become resistant to antibiotics currently on the market, and that number continues to grow. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has warned that antibiotic resistance is such a serious problem that it could be the "next pandemic." Obviously, the growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that more and more cases emerge where standard treatments no longer work, infections become more difficult to control, and the risk of spreading infections to others is increased — especially when hospital stays are prolonged.
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Williams' tragic death a reminder suicide risk is pervasive
Medscape
The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams at age 63 is a tragic reminder that the risk for suicide is pervasive, particularly among white, middle-aged men, experts say. "There are good data available that show that baby boomers — particularly white males between the ages of 55 and 64 — have the highest rates of suicide of any demographic in this country," Dr. Prakash Masand, president, Global Medical Education, New York City, told Medscape Medical News.
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Full recovery possible for 2 US Ebola patients
HealthDay News
The two American aid workers being treated for Ebola virus face a long, hard road to full recovery, but shouldn't endure long-term illness or disability because of their brush with the deadly pathogen, says one of the United States' most experienced Ebola experts.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Save the date: Fall Conference Nov. 15, 2014 (AzPA)
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IN THE NEWS


How do outsourcing facilities ensure safety of sterile compound drugs?
Pharmacy Practice News
Recent legislation helps providers identify pharmacies that maintain current good manufacturing practices, but what does that mean? And how can a facility ensure that it is dealing with a good compounding pharmacy? Avella Specialty Pharmacy has just introduced a new guide, "Outsourcing Facilities Established to Ensure the Quality and Safety of Compounded Medications," which provides an in-depth examination of the history and potential effect of this new legislation.
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More employers moving to high-deductible health plans
HealthDay News
Many Americans with job-based health insurance will face costlier deductibles next year as more large employers embrace or expand so-called consumer-directed health plans, a new survey finds. The shift to high-deductible, consumer-directed health plans is occurring as Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers grapple with rising healthcare and insurance costs.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


Additional providers for narcotic prescriptions sought by 1 in 5 adult orthopedic trauma patients
Medical News Today
"Doctor shopping," the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative trauma patients. The study, "Narcotic Use and Postoperative Doctor Shopping in the Orthopaedic Trauma Population," appearing in the August issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, links doctor shopping to higher narcotic use among orthopedic patients.
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FDA OKs new kind of sleep drug suvorexant
Medscape
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a first-in-class insomnia drug called suvorexant after the manufacturer lowered the dosages to satisfy the agency's safety concerns.
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Challenges ahead for Federal Drug Discount Program
Medical News Today
A federal program that provides billions in drug discounts to safety net hospitals and other healthcare providers is expanding under healthcare reform, but divergent views on the purpose and future scope of the program creates uncertainty for safety net providers and drug manufacturers, according to new report from the RAND Corporation.
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