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Save $20 by registering today: Fall Conference Nov. 15
AzPA
Join us at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix! The Fall Conference provides continuing education, social and networking opportunities for pharmacy professionals of all experience levels. AzPA brings you the opportunity to earn up to 6.0 CE credits, Saturday, Nov. 15. Register by Oct. 15 for the early bird discount.

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Help Amy Voelker — the pharmacist who helped us
YouCaring via AzPA
Amy Voelker is/was a pharmacist at the Phoenix VA Hospital. She had just finished her second surgery to remove melanoma cancer, when her husband, Mark suddenly died of heart complications in March. After she buried her husband, her cancer returned with a vengeance. Mark and Amy had adopted two children from Russia at the age of 3 years old, two separate trips. Naja is now 14 and Olec is 11. Mark was a stay at home dad and worked as waiter at night. He was so excited to start Naja on the her high school journey.

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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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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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Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program: Nov. 14
AzPA
Don't miss this innovative and intensive certificate program focusing on the pharmacist's role in the area of diabetes management. The program emphasizes a healthcare team approach and seeks to foster the implementation of pharmaceutical care interventions that will promote disease self-management. Join us at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix Friday, Nov. 14! Register online today.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


The sky is falling: 5 challenges of hydrocodone rescheduling
By Jason Poquette
Many, like me, always believed the rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products to Schedule II was inevitable. It has been talked about for years. Some thought the topic was like Chicken Little crying that the sky was falling. To all such individuals I've got news for you — the sky has fallen and Chicken Little was right. The DEA has declared that beginning Oct. 6, all hydrocodone combination products will move from Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substances, thereby adding significant limitations and restrictions to the prescribing and distribution of these prescription analgesics.
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New multiple sclerosis drug may reverse nerve damage
Pharmacy Times
An experimental drug that may reverse demyelination of nerves in multiple sclerosis patients has been deemed safe and tolerable in a Phase I clinical trial. Published online in Neurology, the study evaluated the safety of the monoclonal antibody, BIIB033, which blocks the central nervous system protein LINGO-1 that prevents myelination. Although current MS treatments seek to reduce new damage to the brain, they do not repair new or previous damage.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    FDA authorizes Ebola test; vaccine will probably take until 2015 (Los Angeles Times)
FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug from Tekmira (CBS News)
Red flags: Pharmacists anti-abuse video (Pharmacy Practice News)
Save the date: Fall Conference Nov. 15, 2014 (AzPA)
NCPA urges swift congressional action on 'any willing pharmacy' legislation (Pharmacy Times)

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IN THE NEWS


Will you still have a job in pharmacy in 5 years?
By Greg L. Alston
My personal mission is to help the next generation of pharmacists understand that the world has changed and teach them the skills to thrive in this new world order. The reality is this: The employment paradigm in this country has changed dramatically in one generation. And you need to understand the impact of this change. Here is what I mean. My parents, born in the 1920s, grew up in a time when getting a good education meant getting a better job. A better job led to a long career with a good company, ending up with a 40-year pin and a nice lifetime pension with healthcare benefits. Fast forward to today, and the rules have changed.
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Majority of depressed cancer patients not getting treated
Medscape
An estimated three-quarters of cancer patients with major depression are not being treated for it, according to an analysis published online Aug. 28 in the Lancet Psychiatry. The study also found that major depression is substantially more common in cancer patients than in the general population.
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REMS update puts spotlight on ER/LA opioids
Pharmacy Times
The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 expanded the FDA's authority to several new areas, one of which helps prescribers and patients weigh the benefits and risks of medications. Additionally, this federal Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy program allows the FDA to require manufacturers to develop mitigation programs for drugs considered to be high risk. Without REMS, FDA representatives have indicated the agency would need to remove some drugs from the market or refuse to approve new drug applications.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


Vaccination coverage high overall, but varies by state
Medscape
Although vaccination coverage increased or remained stable for children aged 19 to 35 months in 2013 compared with previous years, coverage varied greatly by state, according to an article published in the recent issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report."
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Study: 'Doctor-shopping' for painkillers common after broken-bone surgery
HealthDay News
About 1 in 5 patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.
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Pharmacists mobilize, WHO affirms use of experimental Ebola drugs
APhA
Between Aug. 19 and 20, 142 new cases of Ebola and 77 deaths were reported from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, according to the latest disease outbreak news release from the World Health Organization. The current outbreak has led to 2,615 total cases and 1,427 deaths, CDC reported Aug. 22.
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IV acetaminophen cost saver in peds tonsillectomy
Pharmacy Practice News
Adding IV acetaminophen to IV opioids for pediatric tonsillectomy can reduce costs by nearly $20 per case, a recent study has found. That might seem trivial, but with more than a half million tonsillectomies performed each year in the United States alone, the projected savings approach $9 million annually, according to the researchers, who presented their findings at Pediatric Anesthesiology 2014.
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