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47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar — March 7-9
AzPA
We are pleased to announce a partnership with The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the Arizona Pharmacy Association in offering the 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar.


What does this mean for you?
  • Same great program, with many more options to fit your practice interest
  • Same great rate of $149 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort
  • More educational opportunities including a full day optional psychiatric certificate program on Friday and a new poster session opportunity
  • 3 hours of law CE
  • Registration and payment will be handled through the AzPA website. You do not need to be a member or reside in Arizona to continue to attend.
  • Online evaluation process
  • Increased opportunities for networking
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Obamacare: A midterm report card
AzPA
Recently, federal health officials released statistics for the first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period, revealing that HealthCare.gov along with the state-run insurance exchanges have netted more than 2.1 million signups between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28.

ProPublica's Charles Ornstein examined the stats further and found that while we now know that enrollees skew older and mostly qualify for financial assistance, there's still much that remains unclear, including:
  • The health status of early enrollees: Experts argue that age isn't a very effective stand-in for health status. More information is needed about the health of those enrolled to know if the insurance risk pool will be balanced.
  • Whether enrollees have paid their first month's bill: Coverage doesn't take effect unless consumers pay their initial bill, but there has been mass confusion over deadlines to sign up and when first payments are due.
  • Will the open-enrollment period close strong? Supporters of the Affordable Care Act regularly point to the experience of Massachusetts, which implemented a similar individual mandate in 2007, and saw a large surge of enrollment, particularly among the young. The open enrollment period for Obamacare runs through March 31, leaving plenty of time for folks to sign up.
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Pharmacy Day at the State Capitol — PD@C Feb. 12
AzPA
New this year! Free law CE: Grassroots Involvement in the Policymaking Process
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AzPA Psychiatric Certificate Program — Assessing, Monitoring, and Managing Patients with Psychiatric Disorders
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Date: March 7
Location: Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, Ariz.
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Registration now open for the Arizona Pharmacy Symposium presented by the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation and sponsored by Cardinal Health
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Date: Feb. 22
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PHARMACY UPDATES


Health spending growth low for 4th consecutive year
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
For the fourth consecutive year, growth in healthcare spending remained historically low. But the likelihood this trend will continue, and how the Affordable Care Act will impact it, is still in question. From 2009 to 2012, the U.S. saw the slowest growth in healthcare spending since the government started tracking these trends in the 1960s, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. An analysis of the CMS data, published Jan. 6 in the journal Health Affairs, found spending on healthcare grew by only 3.7 percent in 2012 to $2.8 trillion, a slight increase from the 3.6 percent growth found in 2011.
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Study: Probiotic drops might ease colic
HealthDay News
Infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic, acid reflux and constipation, according to Italian researchers.
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Drug shortages still have major impact on patient care
Medical News Today
According to newly published results from a survey of pharmacy directors, drug shortages remain a serious problem for patient safety. Nearly half of the responding directors reported adverse events at their facilities due to drug shortages, including patient deaths.
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Feds: More than 2 million people have signed up for Obamacare
HealthDay News
Nearly 2.2 million Americans had selected health plans through the federal and state marketplaces as of late December, and nearly 1 in 4 was a young adult, the Obama administration disclosed.
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After outbreaks, experts await block safety advisory
Pharmacy Practice News
In 2012, a rash of deadly fungal infections linked to pain interventions highlighted the devastating outcomes that can occur from improper aseptic techniques in regional anesthesia and analgesia. The outbreak makes timely the upcoming updated practice advisory from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: "Infectious Complications Associated With Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine."
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CMS proposes requiring expansion of Part D MTM benefits
APhA
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed requiring an expansion of Medicare Part D medication therapy management benefits to a considerably larger pool of beneficiaries in a recent proposed rule.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AzPA Pharmacy Flash, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the healthcare industry, your knowledge lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Feds: More than 2 million people have signed up for Obamacare
HealthDay News
Nearly 2.2 million Americans had selected health plans through the federal and state marketplaces as of late December, and nearly 1 in 4 was a young adult, the Obama administration disclosed.

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Woman prescribed 19,000 oxycodone pills, sues doctor and pharmacy for $1.5 million
OregonLive.com
A woman who was prescribed 19,000 oxycodone pills in two years is suing her former Milwaukie doctor for $1.5 million.

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Pharmacists ranked No. 2 in honesty/ethics, but ...
By Jason Poquette
Much talk has been generated recently among the members of the pharmacist profession about the No. 2 ranking we achieved in honesty/ethics in the latest Gallup poll.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Flu vaccine may improve birth outcomes for pregnant women
Medscape
Pregnant women who receive the influenza vaccine during pregnancy may have lower odds of having a preterm delivery or delivery of a low-birth weight baby compared with pregnant women who do not get vaccinated, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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Pharmacist survey: Needy patients suffering due to uneven access to painkillers
NCPA
Some of society's most vulnerable patients, including seniors and those battling cancer, face a significant struggle to obtain medications prescribed to alleviate crippling pain, according to a survey of 1,000-plus community pharmacists conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association. In addition, surprise disruptions in an unpredictable supply chain make it impossible for many community pharmacists to assure patients that their prescription for these controlled substances can be filled the following month, the survey found.
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Dapagliflozin approved for Type 2 diabetes
ASHP
The FDA recently approved the marketing of dapagliflozin to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The oral therapy, a selective, reversible sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor, is indicated as part of a blood glucose-lowering regimen that includes diet and exercise.
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Liquid Tamiflu shortage in US
Medscape
The liquid formulation of the antiviral drug oseltamivir is in short supply because of early strong demand, according to its manufacturer Genentech. But the shortage is expected to be brief, lasting only through mid-January. Called Tamiflu OS, the liquid formulation is usually given to children under age 13 or to people who have trouble swallowing. It is approved for infants as young as 2 weeks old.
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