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Zohydro ER: Who are we really here for?
By Jason Poquette
Jason Poquette, a pharmacists for 20 years, writes: "Healthcare is supposed to be about helping sick people, but sometimes I think we have forgotten who we really serve. For example, there has been no shortage of criticism over the FDA decision to approve Zohydro ER back in October. The chief criticisms of this Schedule II extended-release hydrocodone capsule, marketed by Zogenix, are its potency and lack of abuse-deterrent properties. The responses of the media and public health groups like this make me think that we are missing the point. When did our first priority in the development of medications become the manner in which certain persons will intentionally misuse and abuse it?"
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Pharmacy technicians praised for spot-on med reconciliation
Pharmacy Practice News
Emergency department pharmacy technicians from several hospitals received praise at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2013 Midyear Clinical Meeting for conducting medication reconciliations with up to 96 percent accuracy. The studies found that pharmacy technicians were able to detect a substantial number of errors included in ED nurse-obtained medication histories, heading off costly and harmful adverse events.
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Pharmacy's 'monster spray' cures kids' fear of the dark
The Huffington Post
A pharmacy in North Dakota has put a little girl's fears to bed, prescribing a bottle of "Monster Spray" to help keep at bay all the things that go "bump" in the night.
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    Medicare preferred pharmacy drug plans fail rural America
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    While Medicare officials unfortunately put aside for now their proposal to allow "any willing pharmacy" to serve as a preferred pharmacy in Medicare Part D drug plans, the shortcomings of these plans continue to be readily apparent.
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    At long last there is good evidence that amitriptyline is effective for the treatment of functional dyspepsia. The data was generated by a multicenter study funded by the NIH.

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    Cardiac risks with antibiotics azithromycin, levofloxacin supported by VA data
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    Data from a large cohort of patients enrolled at U.S. Veterans Affairs medical centers support recent conclusions that treatment with the antibiotic azithromycin significantly increases the risk of death and cardiac arrhythmia in the first five days of treatment.
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    ADHD drugs linked to later weight gain in kids
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    No increases in pain seen with opioid dose reductions
    Medscape
    Patients receiving high doses of opioids show no worsening of pain scores or aberrant drug behaviors after significant dose reductions compared with patients who do not have dose reductions, a new study suggests.
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