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Pharmacists, you own your career — Part II
By Jason Poquette
Pharmacists: You're a business. Really you are. That's simply another way to understanding the concept of "owning your own career." And just as a business without any customers will fail, so you also need a steady flow of "customers." What I'm talking about is networking, and in this article I want to commend the practice of networking to pharmacists. The concept of networking is often misunderstood or misrepresented. Networking is not simply the process of seeing how many names you can collect in your address book.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


Pressure mounting on CMS to delay ban on home delivery of DTS
NCPA
With the July 1 implementation of the national mail-order program rapidly approaching, Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., became the 44th member of the House of Representatives to raise concerns with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If implemented, the NMO would ban independent pharmacists from providing home delivery of diabetes testing supplies to Medicare Part B beneficiaries.
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Slideshow: Did you know aspirin could do that?
Medscape
Aspirin has several well-known uses, but there are many other things that aspirin can do. Flip through the slideshow to see what other benefits aspirin has to offer.
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Synchronized prescription fills improve patients' medication adherence
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
A community pharmacy chain's model of patient care received a boost from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance in late May when the nonprofit organization announced it would support the expansion of the model into hundreds of sites nationally.
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White House unveils final plan on coverage for contraception
HealthDay News
The Obama administration recently issued what it called final rules that let religious organizations opt out of providing contraception coverage in their health insurance plans, as mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The White House said employers at nonprofit religious organizations, such as houses of worship, hospitals and universities, won't have to offer free access to birth control, but the insurance companies will be made directly responsible for doing so.
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FDA cracks down on illegal pharmacy websites
LiveScience
The FDA and international regulators recently shut down 1,677 illegal online pharmacy websites, and they seized more than $41 million worth of illegal medicine worldwide, according to a statement by the FDA. The authorities seized the offending websites and posted messages on them warning visitors about the websites' alleged illegal activities and the potential harms of buying counterfeit drugs.
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New rheumatoid arthritis guidelines released
Medscape
The European League Against Rheumatism guidelines, unveiled at the 2013 congress, are being updated from 2010 and contain notable differences from the new American College of Rheumatology recommendations. The guidelines, which are not yet published, focus on the efficacy of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs as first-line therapy, consider all approved biologics to be similarly effective, and prefer that biologics be combined with methotrexate and not used as monotherapy.
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Exclusive white paper: Amazon's local strategy
MultiBriefs Staff Writers
With its sights set on a profitable 2011 holiday season, online retail giant Amazon made a bold decision. Having millions of customers armed with smartphones and Amazon's barcode-scanning feature, it chose to offer customers 5 percent off purchases if they went into a local store, scanned items for price and then went home empty-handed — retailers be damned. Thus began showrooming. And as Amazon captures local store data only to encourage consumers to buy online, it does so at the expense of the local retailer.
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White House unveils final plan on coverage for contraception
HealthDay News
The Obama administration recently issued what it called final rules that let religious organizations opt out of providing contraception coverage in their health insurance plans, as mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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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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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."

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Antibiotic now available in capsule form
Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. via Pharmacy Times
Suprax is now available in 400 mg capsules as well as 400 mg tablets and 100 mg/5 ml and 200 mg/5 ml suspensions. The capsule form of the cephalosporin antibiotic is designed to provide a dosage form preferred by most patients. In a survey of 1,000 patents, more than half preferred capsules over tablets, and respondents associated capsules with safety and increased efficacy.
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Experts downplay link between thiopurines and cancer
Pharmacy Practice News
Continuous use of thiopurines in patients with ulcerative colitis increases the risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma almost threefold, according to a retrospective cohort study of a large nationwide database. But the results may not be strong enough to warrant discontinuing the medications, experts warn.
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Vibativ approved for certain bacterial pneumonia
HealthDay News
The antibiotic Vibativ has been approved by the FDA to treat pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria when other treatments aren't suitable. Vibativ's safety and effectiveness were evaluated clinically among 1,532 people. The studies found the drug was about as effective in treating S. aureus pneumonia as another approved antibiotic, vancomycin.
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