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AzPA office holiday hours
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In observance of the holidays, the AzPA office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1. Happy holidays!
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Save the date — APF Pharmacy Symposium
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Date: Feb. 22
6.0 contact hours (0.60 CEUs) planned

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Pharmacists rank 2nd in Gallup integrity survey, earn top-3 placement for 11th consecutive year
Gallup
Gallup has asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of various professions periodically since 1976, and annually since 1990. This year's poll was conducted Dec. 5 to 8, and finds Americans viewing nurses, pharmacists and grade school teachers as having the highest ethical standards. Lobbyists, members of Congress and car salespeople sit at the bottom of the list.
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APhA CEO blog — Provider status: Game on
AzPA
The pharmacists of America made their first stand for provider status on Capitol Hill. Like the American colonists who fought the Battle of Bunker Hill, the outcome may not have been what we wanted, but we let the United States Congress know that pharmacists are ready to perform as providers of patient care services. Today, they stood up and said, "We've only just begun."
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APhA Diabetes Certificate Training Program
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Date: Jan. 24
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program is an innovative and intensive certificate program that focuses on the pharmacist's role in the area of diabetes management. The program, which emphasizes a healthcare team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of pharmaceutical care interventions that will promote disease self-management.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Best practices essential for storage and temperature monitoring of refrigerated vaccines
American Pharmacists Association
The Vaccine Update column in the November/December issue of JAPhA summarizes important changes from new CDC guidelines on the proper procedures and equipment used in the storage and handling of refrigerated vaccines. Several important changes are highlighted, including new guidelines for the storage unit itself and the use of digital data loggers with detachable, glycol-encased probes.
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Vaccines have prevented millions of disease cases
Pharmacy Times
A study comparing rates of contagious disease before and after the introduction of vaccines finds that vaccines have prevented more than 100 million disease cases in the United States over the past 90 years.
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The year in pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice News
By any measure, 2013 has been a dynamic year for health-system pharmacy. Continuing fallout from the sterile compounding debacle, the approval of at least two breakthrough drugs for blood cancers and a call for better preparedness plans for responding to catastrophic medication errors were just a few of the noteworthy events covered in Pharmacy Practice News.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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IN THE NEWS


Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: The basics for providers
By Jessica Belle
The departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services recently issued the final rules implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This act requires that group health plans that offer mental health or substance use disorder benefits apply the same type of financial requirements and treatment limitations that the plan applies to medical and surgical benefits. This article covers basic points about the MHPAEA of importance to healthcare providers.
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CDC: Flu vaccine prevented 6.6 million illnesses last season
HealthDay News
U.S. health officials would like every American aged 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine, and they recently produced statistics they think should convince everyone to get vaccinated. "In the 2012-2013 flu season, vaccinations prevented at least 6.6 million cases of flu-associated illness. They also prevented some 3.2 million [people from] seeing their doctor and 79,000 hospitalizations," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Drop in ear infections attributed to pneumococcal vaccine
Pharmacy Times
A reduction in pediatric healthcare visits related to otitis media between 2001 and 2011 appears to be due to uptake of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, according to the results of a new study.
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Combing through big data yields big benefits
Pharmacy Practice News
When a pharmacist-led committee at the Veterans Affairs Sierra Pacific Network sat down to create an electronic medical record-based clinical Medication Safety Dashboard, they faced the unenviable task of sifting through roughly 400 EMR metrics and choosing the fraction they believed would lead to the widest improvements in safe medication use if targeted.
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2 presurgery drug treatments show promise against aggressive breast cancer
HealthDay News
Women fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer may benefit from adding certain drugs to their chemotherapy regimen, and taking them prior to surgery, new research finds.

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Bedtime aspirin may be more beneficial for heart patients
Pharmacy Times
Aspirin may offer better protection against adverse events in cardiovascular disease patients when taken at night than when taken in the morning, new research suggests.

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COAG and EU-PACT: The pharmacogenetics of warfarin dosing
Medscape
The two trials are EU-PACT and the COAG trial. Warfarin has a very narrow therapeutic index, and in fact one-third of emergency room visits due to adverse drug reactions is due to warfarin.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Study: Pediatric drug labeling slow to follow law
Medscape
Few drugs have labels reflecting safety and efficacy testing in neonates, and very few drugs that are studied are actually used in neonatal intensive care units, according to results from a new study published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
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2 presurgery drug treatments show promise against aggressive breast cancer
HealthDay News
Women fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer may benefit from adding certain drugs to their chemotherapy regimen, and taking them prior to surgery, new research finds.
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Antidepressants 'last resort' choice among pregnant women
Medscape
The majority of pregnant women with depression cite a preference for nonpharmaceutical treatment interventions, preliminary research suggests. Results from the study show that 62 percent of the pregnant women said they would rather receive some form of psychotherapy as first-line treatment rather than antidepressants.
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