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4 days left to save $50: AzPA November Certificate Programs
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Tightened guidance for US healthcare workers on personal protective equipment for Ebola
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment healthcare workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.
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UPCOMING EVENTS


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Oct. 28 National Pharmacy Technician Day Details
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 California Pharmacy Technician Association/California Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Annual Meeting Details
Nov. 5-7 NABP District 4 meeting Details
Nov. 11-14 ICE Annual Conference Details
Nov. 14 Diabetes & Psychiatric Certificate Programs Details
Nov. 15 AzPA Fall Conference Details
Dec. 7-12 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition Details



PHARMACY UPDATES


Do pharmacist-patient interactions matter?
By Jason Poquette
Interactions matter. In the pharmacy world, that phrase typically refers to drug-drug interactions, which pharmacists are constantly watching for as patients bring new prescriptions through our doors. But I'm talking about a different kind of interaction — specifically the interaction between patients and the pharmacy personnel with whom they speak. Do pharmacists' interactions with their patients really make a difference? The answer has recently been provided in a J.D. Power study.
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Caremark to charge extra copay at pharmacies selling cigarettes
The Wall Street Journal
CVS Health recently purged its 7,700 pharmacies of tobacco products in a gambit to embrace a commitment to improving public health and generate goodwill. But the move comes with a price — an estimated $2 billion in annual sales will be sacrificed. Now, the company is hoping to find a way to compensate for that bet. Its Caremark pharmacy benefits manager, which is one of the largest in the U.S., will soon require some customers to make a $15 copayment on any prescription that is filled at a pharmacy selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    5 reasons mediocre drugs still get used (By Mike Wokasch)
Diabetes: A National Health Crisis — Become an Expert Educator Nov. 14 (AzPA)
Safety, sanitary problems prompt scores of drug recalls (USA Today)
Pharmacy policy changes needed to increase pharmacists' mobile apps use (Pharmacy Times)
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE: Fall Conference Nov. 15 (AzPA)

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IN THE NEWS


Ebola or not? Rapid test for the virus not here yet
HealthDay News
"Diagnosing Ebola is very different from treating Ebola." That assessment, by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Resources, during testimony before a Congressional panel, sums up the critical concern at the heart of the current Ebola scare.
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Guy Kawasaki advises community pharmacists to enchant patients
Pharmacy Times
In his keynote address at the National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Convention on Oct. 18, 2014, in Austin, Texas, author, speaker and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki inspired independent community pharmacists to be enchanting. Kawasaki said he learned and developed the enchantment strategy throughout his career, which began as a software evangelist for Apple. He explained that, in order to evangelize, the product must have the potential to change the world, and although Apple and community pharmacy are vastly different businesses, both have that power.
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Grandmother with Crohn's disease died after pharmacy wrongly gave her diabetes medicine
Daily Mail
A grandmother with Crohn's disease died after a pharmacy wrongly filled her prescription, giving her medicine which lowered her blood sugar levels to fatal levels. Mother-of-three Dawn Britton fell into a coma and later died after staff at the pharmacy in Kingswood, Bristol, handed her tablets for diabetes sufferers rather than those needed to treat her condition. The 62-year old collapsed after taking the diabetes pills, which were a similar shape and size to her regular medication, for several weeks.
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Psoriasis tied to raised risk of uncontrolled blood pressure
HealthDay News
People with more severe cases of psoriasis may be at increased risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure, a large study finds. Researchers looking at over 13,000 adults in the United Kingdom found that those with severe psoriasis were 48 percent more likely to have poorly controlled blood pressure versus people without the skin condition.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


How high can I price my drug?
By Mike Wokasch
High drug prices — especially for life-saving or life-enhancing specialty drugs — continue to attract media attention in the U.S. prescription drug market. News outlets often highlight patients lacking adequate prescription drug coverage who have been financially crippled by the cost of their prescriptions. In an attempt to justify these high prices, PhRMA continues its mantra of "high cost and high risk of research" rationale. The reality is that drug companies spend a lot of time and money trying to figure out where best to price their drugs.
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FDA approves 2 targeted therapies to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Pharmacy Practice News
The FDA has approved two products to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which the lungs become progressively scarred over time. More than 100,000 people in the United States have IPF, an irreversible and ultimately fatal disease characterized by progressive loss of lung function due to scarring. The median survival from diagnosis is two to five years, and the five-year survival rate is about 20 to 40 percent, according to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
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Pharmacy audit finds significant discrepancy in anesthesia drug use
Pharmacy Practice News
An audit of a hospital pharmacy's drug accountability system uncovered a significant discrepancy rate with the anesthesia department of opioid and sedative use. The findings underscore the need for an electronic dispensing and auditing system, according to the investigators, who presented the results at the 2014 annual meeting of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.
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