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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS

Registration now available for the 2014 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention
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Call to Action: NCPDP task groups need you
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The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs task groups are seeking volunteers to participate. Task group participation is open to NCPDP members and nonmembers alike. This is your opportunity to have a real voice in the important process of transforming healthcare. Task groups meet via conference calls.
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Board of Pharmacy Specialties announces Call for 2015 Board Members
Board of Pharmacy Specialties
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. The term of appointment for BPS Board members is based on the calendar year. Each appointment is for three years with the possibility of re-appointment to a second 3-year term. The specific term for this call is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017.
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Congratulations to John E. Murphy
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Congratulations to AzPA member John E. Murphy, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP for being the recipient of this year's ASHP's Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award on June 3.
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Immunization Certificate Program
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Date: Thursday, June 26
Location: The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Arizona Pharmacy Immunization Delivery is an innovative and interactive educational program that provides pharmacists and student pharmacists with the skills necessary to become primary sources for vaccine advocacy, education, and administration.

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Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community
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Thursday, June 26
The Wigwam
Litchfield Park, Ariz.


Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community is an innovative and interactive certificate training program that explores the pharmacist’s role in providing MTM services to patients. Register today.

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AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Training Program
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Thursday, June 26
The Wigwam
Litchfield Park, Ariz.


This certificate program is a comprehensive program designed to provide pharmacists with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients taking anticoagulation therapies.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Are prescription monitoring programs merely a placebo?
By Jason Poquette
The network of states connecting their prescription monitoring programs is growing. In a recent press release, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy announced that 25 states now share controlled substance filling records through the PMP InterConnect program. But while these expansions certainly suggest greater potential for detecting inappropriate controlled substance utilization by patients — particularly across state borders — the question remains about whether these programs are actually accomplishing this.
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A walk through ICD-10
Pharmacy Practice News
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was signed into law April 1. The act, which served as a 13-month Medicare sustained growth rate formula "patch," prevented a 24 percent cut to Medicare physician payments. But there is another component of the legislation: its intent to push back implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, the next generation of diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes.
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Jolowsky: Pharmacists are the constant in patient care
ASHP
Incoming ASHP President Christene M. Jolowsky mixed the wisdom of a favorite author from childhood with her knowledge of mathematics to present her philosophy on pharmacy practice. "I believe that pharmacists are the constant in our patient care equation," she said during her inaugural address.
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IN THE NEWS


Life-threatening adverse drug reactions likely to recur
Medscape
Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis may have a high risk for recurrence, possibly within a year of first occurrence, according to a research letter published in the June 4 issue of JAMA. Because these life-threatening conditions result from allergic reactions to drugs, physicians should weigh the benefits of drug therapy against potential risks, researchers warn. Both conditions cause upper and lower layers of skin to detach.
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CDC: Vaccine for infant tummy bug cuts hospitalizations
HealthDay News
Since the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in 2006, the number of kids hospitalized for severe diarrhea has dropped dramatically, a new study finds. Rotavirus is a common cause of sometimes severe gastrointestinal infections in babies and young children.
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Electronic tool improves medication reconciliation
Pharmacy Times
An electronic tool that encouraged active medication reconciliation upon admission to the hospital reduced the rate of medication reconciliation errors by 58 percent, according to the results of a study.
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Jolowsky: Pharmacists are the constant in patient care
ASHP
Incoming ASHP President Christene M. Jolowsky mixed the wisdom of a favorite author from childhood with her knowledge of mathematics to present her philosophy on pharmacy practice. "I believe that pharmacists are the constant in our patient care equation," she said during her inaugural address.

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Your pharmacist may know less than you think
By Jason Poquette
Less about you, that is. What I'm talking about is what I like to refer to as the "pharmacy information gap." That is my euphemistic way of saying that, in our current model for prescribing and dispensing, the retail pharmacist is often entirely blind to the diagnosis for which a medication is written.

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The only 3 things you need to know to be a good pharmacist
By Greg L. Alston
For the past seven years, I have worked as an associate professor at the Wingate University School of Pharmacy in North Carolina. After working in the retail drug industry since 1977, I had this strange notion that I might be able to help students balance the heavily acute-care clinical education with the more streetwise practical elements of community pharmacy.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Recent measles outbreaks show need for vaccinations
By Denise A. Valenti
Children in the United States get immunized for more than 12 childhood diseases, and it is a prerequisite for being able to attend school. Up until recently, the rates of childhood illness was at the lowest in years. Outbreaks of measles — concentrated primarily in Ohio and California — in recent months indicate that there is still need for vigilance in protecting against infectious diseases. At least 18 states have reported particularly high rates of measles in recent weeks.
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Study: Many childhood leukemia survivors aren't taking 'maintenance' meds
HealthDay News
For child survivors of a blood cancer called acute lymphocytic leukemia, two years of follow-up medications help assure that the cancer doesn't return. But a new study finds that a quarter of these young cancer survivors aren't taking the potentially lifesaving drugs. A prime reason for the lapse: forgetfulness.
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Antidepressant-related weight gain: Not all agents equal
Medscape
When it comes to antidepressant-related weight gain, not all agents are equal, new research shows. The study, which looked at antidepressant use during a one-year period, showed that bupropion and the tricyclic antidepressants nortriptyline and amitriptyline were associated with less weight gain than the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor citalopram.
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Treating depression after ACS: Seeking an optimal treatment duration
Pharmacy Times
Patients who were treated for persistent depression after an acute coronary syndrome experienced improved outcomes during treatment but worsened outcomes after treatment ended.
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