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NEW: 1st Annual AZ Residency Conference June 25
AzPA
The Arizona Pharmacy Association Residency Conference will provide a platform for residents and fellows to present their research. This conference also offers residents and preceptors a forum to network with colleagues. Conference attendees will have opportunities to receive teaching and training advice. Earn up to 6 CPEs! Join us at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson. Pharmacy Residents pay only $175 for the full day conference — hotel room included. Registration closes May 1.

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NEW: APhA Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management June 25
AzPA
The Arizona Pharmacy Association is offering APhA's Cardiovascular Disease Certificate Program this June. It's brand new! This program is the first step for pharmacists interested in learning the essential skills to successfully assess risk, promote cardiovascular disease prevention and encourage patient adherence to therapy. Join us in Tucson at the Westin La Paloma. Register http://www.azpharmacy.org/event/Cardiovascular.
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Register Women's Reproductive Health Certificate this April and earn $50 toward Annual Convention
AzPA
Join us April 25 in Phoenix to discuss the management and care of commonly encountered female reproductive issues such as contraception, menstrual disorders, infertility and pregnancy. As a thank you for attending our first edition of this program, we are offering all participating pharmacists a $50 promo code off Annual Convention registration fees. Register at azpharmacy.org/event/WomensHealth2015.
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APF Fun Run 5K to support pharmacy education
AzPA
AzPA is hosting its 2nd Fun Run of 2015. Join your colleagues and friends for a 5K run — or walk — outside the beautiful Westin La Paloma Resort Sunday morning June 28. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation — our 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that provides funds, materials, and resources to the pharmacy profession and the public in order to further pharmacy patient-centered care. Participate in this fun event by selecting the "APF Fun Run ticket" during your Annual Convention registration. For more information, visit azpharmacy.org/FunRun.
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Date Event
April 10-11 Pick Your Poison
April 25 Women's Health Certificate Program
June 25 Residency Conference
June 25 Psychiatric Certificate Program
June 25 Diabetes Care Certificate Program
June 25 Immunization Certificate Program
June 25 NEW APhA Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management
June 26-28 AzPA Annual Convention
June 28 Arizona Pharmacy Foundation Fun Run
Sept. 25 Anticoagulation Certificate Program
Sept. 25 Medication Therapy Management Certificate Program
Sept. 26 Fall Conference


Click here for a full event list.



PHARMACY UPDATES


Should we get rid of paper package inserts?
By Jason Poquette
Back in December, the FDA issued a proposal that would theoretically eliminate the little folded paper package inserts attached to prescription bottles by their manufacturer. The proposal suggests that manufacturers eliminate these funkily-folded fact sheets and replace them with a URL to the online version. I consider myself to be average in my comfort level with utilizing online resources. Therefore, it surprises me a bit that my gut reaction to the elimination of these inserts is strongly negative. I don't like the idea at all.
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An apple a day keeps the pharmacist away
TIME
Researchers who set out to determine if the adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is actually true have found it a bit more complicated.
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Pharmacists try a more personal approach to treatment
Los Angeles TImes
In a healthcare system that often seems impersonal and intimidating, pharmacists can act as a much-needed sympathetic ear and source of advice, spending extra time with patients.
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Simplified antibiotic treatment could be used to treat babies safely outside of hospitals
Medical News Today
When newborns and young infants develop possible severe bacterial infections, the recommended treatment is hospitalization and a course of injectable antibiotics. However, the results of three large trials suggest that simplified antibiotics regimens delivered outside of a hospital setting can also treat these infections safely and effectively.
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Pharmacists fight back: Age discrimination lawsuits in retail pharmacy
ModernMedicine
The other day Drug Topics published an article that asked, "Are CVS' metrics unfairly eliminating older pharmacists?" That's what four former CVS pharmacists think. They are now suing the retail giant in U.S. District Court in South Carolina.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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FDA issues draft guidance on abuse-deterrent opioids
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance document to assist industry in developing new formulations of opioid drugs with abuse-deterrent properties. The document "Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids — Evaluation and Labeling," explains the FDA's current thinking about the studies that should be conducted to demonstrate that a given formulation has abuse-deterrent properties, how those studies will be evaluated by the agency and what labeling claims may be approved based on the results of those studies.
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More research needed on use of 'smart drugs' by healthy people
Medical News Today
Researchers have called for the pharmaceutical industry, governments and medical organizations to work together to investigate the consequences of long-term use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by healthy individuals.
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Provider status advocacy results in more cosponsors for HR 592, S. 314
APhA
The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 314) has accumulated 83 cosponsors in the House and 10 cosponsors in the Senate as of April 3. Congress is currently not in session.
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Relationship building key to interprofessional practice
ModernMedicine
A dynamic Tennessean duo of a family physician and a pharmacist touted the value of cross-discipline communication and unity in a presentation about interprofessional practice during the general session at the annual conference of the American Pharmacists Association in San Diego, California.
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