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Pharmacists, you own your career — Part I
By Jason Poquette
Jason Poquette, R.Ph., writes: "One of the many things they don't teach very well in pharmacy school is career management. Don't misunderstand me. That wasn't a bitter jab at pharmacy schools or the professors who often give 150 percent of themselves, investing untold hours above and beyond the call of duty into the lives and careers of their students. But every professional program has its limits."
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See you all in Tucson for the 2013 AzPA Annual Convention & Trade Show
AzPA
See you all in Tucson at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa for the 2013 AzPA Annual Convention & Trade Show. Walk-in registrations available on site.

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Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center reaches 100 percent Tdap immunization
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Retail pharmacies: Important message from The University of Arizona Medical Center regarding controlled substance prescriptions for Medicare patients
UAMC via AzPA
Patients leaving The University of Arizona Medical Center hospitals have been experiencing problems getting their prescriptions for controlled substances filled at some local pharmacies. The problem seems to occur for Medicare patients who receive a prescription from one of our medical residents.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


Pharmacists endorse HR 2375 to preserve seniors' access to diabetes testing supplies and other durable medical equipment
National Community Pharmacists Association
With the July 1 scheduled implementation of Medicare's so-called competitive bidding and National Mail Order program for diabetes test supplies fast approaching, the National Community Pharmacists Association is urging lawmakers to support HR 2375, recently introduced legislation that would delay the programs until a number of issues can be resolved.
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Supreme Court decision may cost patients at the pharmacy
TIME (commentary)
Lower-cost generic drugs can save patients millions in medication costs, but only if they make it to pharmacy shelves. A Supreme Court ruling that gives the Federal Trade Commission greater license to scrutinize deals made between pharmaceutical companies and the generic manufacturers that challenge them could push generic drugmakers to think twice before launching efforts to market their medications.
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Physician-pharmacist team improves hospital care
Pharmacy Times
Hospitals and patients both benefit when pharmacists work alongside physicians in the community hospital setting, according to the results of a study presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists summer meeting in Minneapolis. The study, which was conducted from Feb. 4 to March 1 at Mission Hospital, a 735-bed community teaching hospital in Asheville, N.C., introduced a new practice model in which pharmacists and physicians worked as part of a team to deliver care.
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Does HELP bill go far enough?
Pharmacy Practice News
As the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee put the final touches on legislation that would give the FDA new powers to regulate pharmacy compounding, stakeholders issued mixed reviews on whether the bill does enough to ensure patient safety.
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Increased medication adherence reduces healthcare costs
Pharmacy Times
Increased medication adherence not only improves patient outcomes but can also lower the overall cost of care in the United States, according to a review released by Avalere Health and funded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
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Study: Minority kids less likely to be diagnosed, treated for ADHD
HealthDay News
Minority children are significantly less likely than their white peers to be diagnosed or treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, new research shows. The study followed more than 17,000 children across the nation from kindergarten to eighth grade. Researchers regularly asked parents if their children had been diagnosed with ADHD.
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Canadian chemo dilutions hint at US vulnerabilities
Pharmacy Practice News
More than 1,200 oncology patients in five Canadian hospitals received diluted doses of gemcitabine and cyclophosphamide for a year or longer because labels on bags of premixed IV drug solutions prepared by an outsource compounding pharmacy did not make clear that the bags were intended for single individuals only, ongoing investigations have revealed.
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Study finds $200 billion in avoidable healthcare costs
American Pharmacists Association
Healthcare costs caused by improper and unnecessary use of medications exceeded $200 billion in 2012, amounting to an estimated 10 million hospital admissions, 78 million outpatient treatments, 246 million prescriptions and 4 million emergency department visits annually, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
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FDA investigating deaths after olanzapine pamoate injections
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Two patients died within days after injection with an appropriate dosage of olanzapine pamoate, a long-acting formulation of the antipsychotic medication, FDA recently announced.

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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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The uneven justice in 2 similar drug cases
MarketWatch
Small-town pharmacist Robert McNeese was sentenced to more than five years in prison earlier this month. His crime: illegally dispensing oxycodone.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Rugby-label aspirin product recalled
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. of Holtsville, N.Y., has recalled a single lot of enteric-coated aspirin tablets that may instead contain acetaminophen. A copy of the company's press release, dated June 19, states that the company received a complaint that one bottle of lot 13A206 contained 500-mg acetaminophen tablets, not aspirin.
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Survey: US prescription drug use may be widespread
Medscape
Nearly 70 percent of the people in Olmsted County, Minn., are taking at least a single prescription drug, and more than half are taking two, according to results from a new survey by Dr. Wenjun Zhong, from the Division of Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.
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New guidelines: Kids' sinusitis might not need antibiotics
HealthDay News
Doctors don't have to automatically prescribe an antibiotic to treat children who appear to have acute sinus infections, according to new guidelines issued by a leading group of pediatricians. Instead, they can take a "watch and wait" approach if it appears the infection might clear on its own, according to the new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.
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FDA investigating deaths after olanzapine pamoate injections
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Two patients died within days after injection with an appropriate dosage of olanzapine pamoate, a long-acting formulation of the antipsychotic medication, the FDA recently announced. According to the agency, both patients died three to four days after their injection and had very high levels of the drug in their bloodstream after death.
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Testosterone can improve pain tolerance in men on opioids
Medscape
A Boston University study shows for the first time that testosterone gel can decrease discomfort in men with pain syndromes and low testosterone levels who are chronic users of opioids. The men in the trial had pain conditions that ranged from headaches to backaches and had all become deficient in testosterone, a side effect of opioid use. During the study they used a transdermal testosterone gel or a placebo for three months, explained Dr. Shehzad Basaria, associate professor and director of the androgen clinical research unit at Boston University.
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