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Rally for Restoration
AzPA
Rally for Restoration is May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Capitol House lawn. This is the final push and everyone's participation is critical to stand alongside the governor and fill the Capitol to rally in support of the Restoration Plan.
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2013 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention & Trade Show
AzPA
Registration is now open for the AzPA 2013 Annual Convention. Visit the website for complete information, or download the registration brochure.

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AzPA Psychiatric Certificate Program
AzPA



June 27
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westin La Paloma, Tucson, Ariz.

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Delivering Medication Therapy Services
AzPA



June 27
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westin La Paloma, Tucson, Ariz.

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Not an AzPA member? Join today
AzPA
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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National Prevention Week
SAMHSA
National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships.
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2013 Annual Salary Survey
Drug Topics
Pharmacists report good to excellent compensation, yet stress levels impact job satisfaction. Most pharmacists working in all pharmacy settings describe themselves as "satisfied" to "extremely satisfied" with their current positions, an attitude that can be attributed to low unemployment, good salaries and benefits, and annual raises.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


Pfizer sells Viagra online — Should pharmacies worry?
By Jason Poquette
A little blue bomb dropped on the pharmacy community recently. Pfizer, the U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturer of Viagra for erectile dysfunction, has launched a service dedicated to filling prescriptions for Viagra safely and discreetly, mailing it directly to consumers who never need to step foot into an actual pharmacy. So what is the driving force behind this issue? There are actually at least three things going on at once that led to Pfizer initiating this tactic.
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Compounding pharmacy oversight moves ahead
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Seven months after the emergence of fungal meningitis and other serious infections associated with tainted drugs made by a compounding pharmacy, Congress appears ready to move legislation to bolster FDA's authority over the industry. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in late April released a discussion draft of proposed legislation that would classify certain businesses as "compounding manufacturers" and subject their production of sterile products to heightened regulatory scrutiny.
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3 pearls of enhanced pharmacy care
Pharmacy Practice News
When no standards exist for managing the medication needs of obese patients who have undergone gastric bypass, which profession is uniquely equipped to ensure drug safety? Who has the skills to recognize the early signs of potentially lethal lithium-induced neurotoxicity? And who is well placed to prevent lipodystrophy caused by high-dose insulin? In each case, health-system pharmacists are meeting the clinical challenges head-on and illustrating their value to the patient-care team.
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Walgreen, CVS extend multiyear pharmacy network deal
Fox Business
Walgreen recently inked a fresh multiyear pharmacy deal with CVS Caremark in a move it says meets its "business objectives." The deal extends Walgreen's agreement as a network pharmacy provider in the CVS pharmacy benefit-management national retail network. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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US drug spending dropped in 2012
Pharmacy Times
Overall U.S. spending on medications fell in 2012, driven largely by expirations of patents on branded medications and increased use of generic medications, according to a report recently released by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. This is the first decline since the organization began tracking drug spending in 1957.
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Vaccines: New surveillance tool detects public concerns
Medscape
A new global media-surveillance tool detects and monitors public concerns about vaccines in real time, according to a study published online May 13 in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. By allowing public health officials to respond faster and more effectively to a loss of public confidence in vaccines, the new tool could help reduce vaccination refusals and disease outbreaks.
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A dangerous interplay: Rx shortages and medical errors
Pharmacy Practice News
During two months starting in November 2010, more than 200 patients at seven hospitals in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region received double their prescribed concentration of potassium acetate. In response to a shortage of the usual stock dose of the drug, MedStar acted to fill the gap by procuring vials containing a 4-mEq/mL solution. The wrong concentration was entered into the IV compounder software, which then identified the new vials as containing the lower dose, and the drug was administered to patients receiving total parenteral nutrition.
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Baby boomers need complete testing for hepatitis C virus
American Pharmacists Association
CDC has released a digital press kit emphasizing the importance of complete testing for hepatitis C virus. According to the agency, up to 75 percent of the approximately 3 million Americans living with HCV don't know they are infected. In addition, data from a study published May 7 in CDC's Vital Signs indicated that only half of Americans identified as ever having HCV received follow-up testing to confirm whether they were still infected.
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Breo Ellipta approved for COPD
HealthDay News
Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may have new help in their quest to breathe better, with the recent approval of Breo Ellipta.

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Tylenol can ease anxiety over fear of dying
Medical News Today
An over-the-counter pain reliever can also be used to deal with existential worry — anxiety that comes from thinking about death — according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

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Valid picture ID card a barrier for Plan B contraception
United Press International
The Obama administration's age and identification restrictions are barriers to emergency contraception access, a U.S.nonprofit group says.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Study: Estrogen levels tied to risk for sudden cardiac death
HealthDay News
Higher levels of the hormone estrogen are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women, a new study suggests. Sudden cardiac death can occur when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Each year in the United States, more than 350,000 people die of sudden cardiac death.
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Study finds only half of patients receive recommended initial dose of Butrans
Pharmacy Times
Butrans Transdermal System is "a partial opioid-agonist product indicated for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain in patients requiring a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic for an extended period of time." According to the Full Prescribing Information, initial Butrans dosing should be based on the individual patient's prior analgesic treatment experience and should be titrated as needed "to provide adequate analgesia and minimize adverse reactions."
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Company recalls Asthmanefrin device
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Japan-based Health & Life Co. Ltd. on May 8 started recalling the atomizer that delivers Asthmanefrin, a nonprescription racepinephrine-hydrochloride solution, because a washer could dislodge and become a choking hazard, the drug's manufacturer said.
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Breo Ellipta approved for COPD
HealthDay News
Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may have new help in their quest to breathe better, with the recent approval of Breo Ellipta. This combination drug has been approved by the FDA to treat COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
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