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Early registration deadline for the 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy is Feb. 28
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Attend a two-and-a-half day program addressing issues affecting pharmacy:
The 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar is designed for pharmacists practicing in any health-system setting. Technicians and students are also welcome. Knowledge-based presentations during general sessions cover a variety of topics; breakout sessions afford an opportunity for more interaction. You can receive 11.5 contact hours, including pharmacy law, new drug updates, and more.

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Pharmacists, members of Congress offer support for proposed improvements to Medicare Part D
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One hundred fifty-one organizations, including the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Rural Health Association, recently sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in strong support of a number of provisions included in the agency's proposed regulation for 2015 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. The letter comes as more Members of Congress contact CMS in support of its proposal to expand beneficiary choice by allowing independent community pharmacies the opportunity to participate as "preferred" providers if they are willing to accept the contract offered by a drug plan.

"We want to take this opportunity to voice our strong support for certain proposed changes to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program that will allow more meaningful beneficiary choice and increased marketplace competition," the organizations wrote in the letter on behalf of pharmacy providers and drug supply chain participants from across the country.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


How can we reduce the rate of drug overdose?
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
In today's society, taking medications for a variety of medical conditions, ailments or diseases is common. The administration of a myriad of drugs has become an everyday practice for most Americans. While the intent of using most drug therapies is to alleviate a condition or improve an individual's quality of life, drugs can also have deadly effects. The misuse and abuse of over-the-counter or prescriptions drugs is becoming a cause for concern as it relates to the growing prevalence of drug overdoses in the United States.
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Can HIPAA information be given to law enforcement officials?
Medscape
Is it a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation to release prescription medication information to law enforcement officials? James L. Lindon, PharmD, answers this question.
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Care of patients with chronic diseases requires more time
APhA
Janine had her new inhaler for four months before she admitted to her pharmacist Daniel Krinsky that she hadn't been using it. Thinking the inhaler would be just like her old one, Janine didn’t pay close enough attention when Krinsky showed her how to use it the day she picked it up. When she got home and realized she didn’t know how to use the new maintenance inhaler for her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she decided she could just do without it.
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Many adults still missing vaccinations
Pharmacy Times
Modest improvements in coverage were observed for some vaccines, but coverage rates among adults continued to fall short of targets in 2012, according to a report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report." The report also noted lagging coverage rates among minority patients.
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Pediatricians group not a fan of pharmacy, grocery store clinics
Boise Weekly
The American Academy of Pediatrics took a direct shot this morning at pharmacy-based clinics, which are popping up with great regularity: The retail clinics aren't for kids, according to the academy.
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Can HIPAA information be given to law enforcement officials?
Medscape
Is it a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation to release prescription medication information to law enforcement officials? James L. Lindon, PharmD, answers this question.

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CVS: Tobacco products gone by Oct. 1
APhA
Calling the decision "simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company," CVS Caremark will stop selling all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations by Oct. 1.

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Pharmacists place near top of US News & World Report job rankings
Pharmacy Times
Pharmacists slip to fifth place from third place in the previous U.S. News rankings, but continue to place highly thanks to relatively good pay and the promise of job growth.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Antidepressant Celexa may help ease Alzheimer's-linked agitation
HealthDay News
The antidepressant Celexa shows promise in easing the agitation people with Alzheimer's disease often suffer and may offer a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs, a new study finds.
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Aspirin may reduce ovarian cancer risk
Pharmacy Times
Ovarian cancer, the most lethal gynecological cancer, may be related to chronic inflammation. However, previous studies that have assessed aspirin use and cancer risk have not delivered conclusive results on the relationship between the medication and ovarian cancer.
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Opposition growing against azithromycin for infections
Medscape
Treatment guidelines increasingly recommend that certain antibiotics, particularly the macrolide azithromycin, no longer be used to treat many common infections. Inappropriate use has led to widespread antibiotic resistance and is contributing to the emergence of superbugs. At least one prominent emergency medicine expert suggests that the drug not be used at all.
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Drug might help heavy drinkers limit their booze
HealthDay News
An anti-epilepsy drug might help problem drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption, according to new research. The study of the drug topiramate included 138 heavy drinkers who were divided into two groups. About half took Topamax while the other half took an inactive placebo. Both groups of patients underwent brief counseling to help them reduce their drinking.
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