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The use of nanocrystals as a tactic for the delivery of poorly soluble drugs
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
One of the major challenges in the field of parenteral drug delivery is poor solubility of new drugs and their low oral bioavailability, which can cause general delivery problems. It is estimated that more than 40 percent of marketed products are hydrophobic. To evaluate the therapeutic index of these drugs and their aptness for technical formulation development, there is a need for good bioavailability.
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Tdap vaccination in pregnancy
AzPA
Please take a moment to review the following resources as they pertain to the current recommendations for Tdap Immunizations for pregnant women, as issued by Arizona Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies providing valuable information related to the subject.
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Heparin label changes
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Heparin label changes: Are your patients at risk?
To prevent medication errors, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention revised the label standard for two heparin products: Heparin Sodium Injection, USP and Heparin Lock Flush Solution, USP. As a result, the FDA is requiring manufacturers to change the labels of these products.

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Early registration deadline for the AzPA Annual Convention is June 2
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Register today for the AzPA 2013 Annual Convention & Trade Show. Visit the website for complete information, or download the registration brochure.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Pharmacist in Oklahoma put preparedness into action
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The pharmacy at 45-bed Moore Medical Center in Oklahoma may be intact. Immediately after the tornado, no one knew for sure. Moore's former lead pharmacist, Barbara Poe, had not been able to return since she and pharmacy technician Kim Wedel left the pharmacy May 20 in search of refuge from the oncoming tornado.
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FIP panel: Pharmacists are an 'untapped resource'
Pharmacy Practice News
The lack of responsible use of medications worldwide leads to at least $500 billion in wasteful healthcare spending every year. Although no single sector of the healthcare system can redress this situation on its own, pharmacists should play a more active role in ensuring the safe and effective use of medications and improving overall medical care, according to a range of experts convened by the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
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Congressional support emerges for pharmacy deliveries of diabetes testing supplies to homebound seniors
NCPA
Forty-three members of Congress, led by U.S. Reps. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., are questioning Medicare's decision to prohibit independent community pharmacies from providing same-day, home delivery of diabetes testing supplies to homebound seniors, under a new policy scheduled to take effect July 1.
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Vaccine administration
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association via Medscape
Erroneous administration of intramuscular vaccines, particularly above the deltoid muscle, can result in serious shoulder injuries and diminished vaccine efficacy. With few studies published addressing injection technique before 2002, inconsistencies arose regarding optimal vaccine administration, thus causing variations in current practice. We will examine cases of serious shoulder injuries as a result of incorrect technique and provide a step-by-step guide to the proper administration of intramuscular injections.
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Obama administration appeals Plan B ruling
American Pharmacists Association
The recent federal ruling that the government must make Plan B One-Step available OTC with no age or point-of-sale restrictions is on hold until May 28, and the FDA has announced approval of the emergency contraceptive OTC for women as young as 15 years. On May 1, the Obama administration filed a notice of appeal and a motion to stay the federal ruling.
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Illicit use of prescription drugs widespread among college students
Pharmacy Times
Many college students rely on prescription drugs as study aids, and they frequently obtain them without a prescription from friends or through the Internet, according to the results of a recent poll. The poll was carried out by Zogby Analytics on behalf of the Digital Citizens Alliance, a coalition whose mission is to improve safety and reduce crime on the Internet.
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Program aims to curb inappropriate antibiotics in newborns
Medscape
An antimicrobial stewardship program eliminated some, but not all, inappropriate antibiotic use for more than 6,000 babies in four neonatal intensive care units, new research shows. "Although total antibiotic use was unchanged," admitted the study's principle investigator, Dr. Sameer Patel, from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, "we may have decreased selective pressure due to decreased redundant use — the use of two drugs from the same drug class — and the unwarranted use of broad spectrum antibiotics."
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About 1 in 5 US children affected by mental disorder
American Pharmacists Association
Approximately 13 to 20 percent of U.S. children and adolescents experience a mental disorder in a given year, and data from 1994 to 2011 indicate increasing prevalences of these conditions. In the May 17 "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," CDC also reported that about $247 billion is spent on children's mental health annually.
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Growing pains at New Jersey marijuana dispensary
Pharmacy Practice News
When New Jersey's first alternative treatment center opened for business in December in Montclair, N.J., patients from all corners of the state began trickling into the urban-suburban town 12 miles west of Manhattan. Residents with chronic pain and 13 other diagnoses joined a growing number of people across the country now able to fill legal prescriptions for marijuana. But then, overwhelmed by servicing the entire state, the dispensary said in late March it would only take new customers residing in seven northern counties.
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About 1 in 5 US children affected by mental disorder
American Pharmacists Association
Approximately 13 to 20 percent of U.S. children and adolescents experience a mental disorder in a given year, and data from 1994 to 2011 indicate increasing prevalences of these conditions.

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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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Fortune magazine alleges massive fraud by Ranbaxy
American Pharmacists Association
Fortune magazine has published an in-depth investigation of Ranbaxy Laboratories alleging massive fraud perpetrated by the company while making, testing, marketing and selling its generic drugs worldwide.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Common supplement may help patients fight heart failure
HealthDay News
Regular doses of the dietary supplement Coenzyme Q10 cut the death rate in half for patients suffering from advanced heart failure, in a randomized double-blind trial. Researchers also reported a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations for heart failure patients being treated with Coenzyme Q10. About 14 percent of patients taking the supplement suffered from a major cardiovascular event that required hospital treatment, compared with 25 percent of patients receiving placebos.
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FDA refuses to remove generic Opana from market
Pharmacy Times
The FDA has determined that generic versions of the painkiller Opana Extended-Release can remain on the market, rejecting a petition from Opana's manufacturer, Endo Health Solutions. In announcing its decision May 10, the agency also stated that a purportedly tamper-resistant version of Opana ER can be abused in a number of ways.
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FDA: Don't use sterile products made by Main Street Family Pharmacy
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The FDA recently recommended that healthcare providers not administer any products made by Main Street Family Pharmacy LLC and labeled as sterile. The agency said it received seven reports of adverse events from patients who received an injection of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate 80 mg/mL that had been compounded by Main Street, in Newbern, Tenn.
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