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An overview of medication therapy management
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
In our healthcare-oriented society, medication therapy management has become a widespread term and a highly recognized concept within the healthcare system. It has reached a pinnacle where it is being implemented in a variety of practice settings each day. Pharmacists are being recognized as an integral part of providing quality MTM services, because MTM is allowing pharmacists to learn new duties that are geared toward more clinical applications of drugs and how to communicate this information more effectively to the patients they encounter on any given day.
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April DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers consumers another opportunity for convenient medication disposal
AzPA
Consumers across the country will have another opportunity to help prevent abuse and misuse of prescription drugs by disposing of any unneeded or unwanted medications during the sixth Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 27. On this day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., consumers may safely dispose of unwanted medications at one of thousands of collection sites coordinated by DEA and provided by law enforcement agencies and community organizations in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions. The DEA online collection site locator will be available in April.
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Arizona Department of Health Services kicks off Power Me A2Z
AzPA
Arizona Department of Health Services kicks off Power Me A2Z, a women's health campaign promoting the benefits of folic acid. Taking a multivitamin with folic acid makes your hair shine, skin glow, nails grow and protects against birth defects. Women can receive a free 90-day supply of multivitamins. For complete information visit the website.
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Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program
AzPA
Date: April 5
The 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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Notice: Notify the PA board of any prescribing modifications in your delegation agreement
AzPA
In order to comply with the statutory requirement of A.R.S.32-2532(J), the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants has created a process by which physician assistants and their supervising physicians can notify the board of modifications to prescribing delegation. Please click here for more information. Please direct your questions to Lisa Wynn, executive director, Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants, Arizona Medical Board, 480-551-2898.
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Not an AzPA member? Join today
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Not an AzPA member? Join the only statewide association representing all pharmacy professionals in all pharmacy practice settings. With over 1,500 members, we are a leading association of pharmacists spreading the news and events of our industry.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


NACDS to Congress: Pharmacists should play bigger role in immunization
Pharmacy Times
Community pharmacies play an important and growing role in delivering flu vaccinations to patients, but they should be empowered to play a much larger role as immunizers, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores argued in a statement to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on Feb. 14. The statement was given during a hearing titled "Influenza: Perspective on Current Season and Update on Preparedness."
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Compounding pharmacy's drug accused of blinding patients
Courthouse News Service
A compounding pharmacy in Florida sold contaminated surgical dye to eye surgeons that blinded patients or damaged their eyes, according to five federal complaints. Franck's Compounding Lab, of Ocala, has been sued twice in Los Angeles, once in Las Vegas and twice in New Orleans, for its Brilliant Blue G, a stain used in eye surgery.
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Compounding pharmacy trouble extends beyond NECC
CBS News
When the FDA raided the New England Compounding Center last September, inspectors found major violations, including visible specs of black fungus in drug vials. "That is indeed unusual in the profession of pharmacy to see such blatant disregard for human life and for the professional standards that we hold dear," says David Miller, the head of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies.
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Emergency department pharmacists offer handy tips at Pearls session
Pharmacy Practice News
Emergency department pharmacists shared their tips of the trade during the ED Pearls session at the recent American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting. They offered advice on treating alcohol withdrawal, anticholinergic toxicity, pain during dermal procedures and more.
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Generics hold cost of medicines in check for America even as specialty drug prices soar
Medical News Today
For the first time in 20 years, the cost of treating common ailments like high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure dropped in 2012 due to the increased availability of lower priced generic prescription drugs. A report recently released by pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. showed that while prices for specialty medications to treat rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, hepatitis C and other serious diseases shot up more than 18 percent last year, the use of generic medicines offset much of the higher cost, resulting in a modest 2.7 percent increase in overall drug spending.
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Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics
Medscape
In the past decade, advances in pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics have gradually unveiled the genetic basis of interindividual differences in drug responses. A large portion of these advances have been made in the field of anticancer therapy. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has updated the package inserts of approximately 30 anticancer agents to include PGx information. Given the complexity of this genetic information, as well as the variable level of scientific evidence, the FDA recommendation and potential action needed varies among drugs. In this review, Medscape editors highlight some of these PGx discoveries for their scientific values and utility in improving therapeutic efficacy and reducing side effects. Furthermore, examples are also provided for the role of PGx in new anticancer drug development by revealing novel druggable targets.
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Clinical pharmacist-led free online monitoring program helps reduce blood pressure
Medical News Today
People with high blood pressure enrolled in a clinical pharmacist-led Web-based monitoring program were more likely to lower their pressure to recommended level than people who did not use the program. The study was published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


A cheap, old heart drug may help elderly heart failure patients
HealthDay News
Everything old is new again, even in medicine, with a just-released study finding that an older, inexpensive drug may help keep heart failure patients out of the hospital. Largely abandoned after a 1997 study found that it did not lower heart failure patients' death rates, a reanalysis of that data found that digoxin may lower rates of 30-day hospital readmissions by more than one-third.
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Antibiotics for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae: The end is near
Medscape
Enterobacteriaceae are a family of bacteria that are commonly isolated from both healthcare and community infections. The most common Enterobacteriaceae reported to CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network as a cause of a healthcare-associated infection are Klebsiella species, Escherichia coli and Enterobacter species. Although resistance to beta-lactam antimicrobials has been an issue among Enterobacteriaceae for years, carbapenem resistance has been relatively uncommon in the United States. However, the past 10 years have seen an increase in the frequency with which carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae have been identified. Infections caused by CRE often have limited therapeutic options, and invasive CRE infections have been associated with mortality rates higher than 40 percent.
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Insulin, lipids overlooked for treating cardiac drug toxicity
Pharmacy Practice News
Emergency pharmacists and clinicians need to take high-dose insulin and lipid emulsion therapy seriously for the treatment of severe calcium channel blocker and beta-blocker toxicity, two experts told attendees of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2012 Midyear Clinical Meeting.
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Studies: Viagra, aliskiren not helpful for heart failure after all
HealthDay News
Although small studies have suggested Viagra and the blood pressure medication aliskiren could be wonder drugs against heart failure, neither drug produced any beneficial effects against this condition in recent multicenter trials.
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