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Owning your career Part III — Begin with the end, then TSSD
By Jason Poquette
Jason Poquette, R.Ph., writes: "I have been writing a series of posts on career management for pharmacists. I am doing so, not because I consider myself the know-it-all of pharmacy careers. I'm not. I do however, like you, know something about this subject. I have been a pharmacist for 20 years; nearly 30 if I am allowed to count my years as a pharmacy tech and then intern while attending pharmacy school. But more importantly, I have been able to do what I have wanted to do in my own career, and this has been the result of embracing the principles I'm writing about. By the way, the things I'm suggesting are not rocket science. Nor are they restricted to just pharmacists. When embraced and applied, I believe they will help just about anyone improve their career situation, allowing them to get the job they want or the independence they long for."
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AHCCCS update
AHCCCS via AzPA
In her state of the state speech in January, Gov. Janice Brewer called for the legislature to adopt her Medicaid Restoration Plan to restore Proposition 204 coverage and include coverage for adults from 100 percent to 133 percent federal poverty level. On June 17, the Medicaid Restoration Plan was signed into law providing coverage to over 300,000 Arizonans, beginning Jan. 1.

Now, AHCCCS is rolling out Medicaid Moving Forward, a new webpage that will be a source of information regarding the implementation of the Medicaid Restoration Plan. Medicaid Moving Forward will include information on Medicaid, KidsCare and the Public Input Process. There is also information about federal guidance received from CMS. The new webpage can be located here.

We hope that Medicaid Moving Forward will be a useful tool in keeping our valued stakeholders up to date and informed. If you have questions or comments pertaining to Medicaid Moving Forward, please email.

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Travel discounts for AzPA members
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Planning a vacation? Visit the AzPA Member Benefits Page and check out Tickets at Work for discounts on theme parks, car rentals, shows and more, including Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios, Six Flags and Las Vegas.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


Opioid overdose and death rates skyrocket in women
Pharmacy Times
The number of deaths caused by prescription painkiller overdoses in women has been growing at an alarming rate, increasing fivefold between 1999 and 2010, according to a report released July 2 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Supreme Court rules drug companies that pay off would-be generic competitors can be sued
American Pharmacists Association
Because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, one of the legal maneuvers major pharmaceutical manufacturers have been using to extend exclusivity for brand-name drugs could be more difficult to use in the future. If so, generic alternatives may come to market more quickly, and prices for prescriptions may drop.
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White House delays employer mandate: Employers with more than 50 employees will have until 2015 before insurance reporting requirements and penalties kick in
Healthcare IT News
Bending to criticism that requirements were burdensome and complex, the Obama administration recently announced it would delay until 2015 a key provision in the healthcare reform law — the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees must offer them insurance.
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FDA to expand generic drugs' labeling powers
The Hill
The Obama administration is planning to give generic-drug companies new powers to update their labels without needing to wait for their brand-name counterparts. The announcement comes after the Supreme Court ruled that generic drugmakers could not be sued because their product is too dangerous for the market.
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Medication adherence levels vary from state to state
Pharmacy Times
A number of recent studies have confirmed that increased medication adherence reduces healthcare costs and improves patient outcomes, citing pharmacists as key figures in increasing adherence. A report released by CVS Caremark strengthens these findings even further, estimating the possible cost-savings achievable in each state through improved adherence.
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IN THE NEWS


Solving difficult drugs and devices
Pharmacy Practice News
In 2007, Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis ceased administering insulin with vials and syringes to patients with diabetes and began using insulin pens exclusively at all six of its hospitals. Over the next five years, the number of wrong-dose errors reported annually dropped by half, from 43 to 21.
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Report: US hospitals triple use of electronic health records
HealthDay News
U.S. hospitals have made major progress in adopting electronic health records systems over the past three years, according to a new report. The number of hospitals with a basic electronic health records system tripled from 2010 to 2012, with more than four of every 10 hospitals now equipped with the new health information technology, according to the report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Blood pressure home-pharmacy telemonitoring better than usual care
Medical News Today
Home blood pressure telemonitoring with a pharmacist leads to much better blood pressure control over a 12-month period, when compared with usual care, researchers from HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Minneapolis, reported in JAMA. The authors added that the improved blood pressure continued for six months after the intervention had stopped.
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Universal decolonization most effective strategy to prevent ICU infection
Pharmacy Practice News
In a large study of intensive care units, universal decolonization proved more effective than rival strategies in reducing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus-positive clinical cultures and bloodstream infections from any pathogen.
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Supreme Court rules drug companies that pay off would-be generic competitors can be sued
American Pharmacists Association
Because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, one of the legal maneuvers major pharmaceutical manufacturers have been using to extend exclusivity for brand-name drugs could be more difficult to use in the future.

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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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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.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


FDA approves new treatment for opioid dependence
Medscape
The FDA has approved Zubsolv for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Zubsolv is a once-daily, sublingual tablet with a formulation of buprenorphine and naloxone that fully dissolves within minutes.
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1st nonhormonal remedy approved for menopausal hot flashes
HealthDay News
Brisdelle has been approved by the FDA as the first nonhormonal treatment to treat hot flashes associated with menopause. All prior FDA-approved drugs for hot flashes contain either the hormone estrogen alone or the hormonal combination of estrogen and progestin, the agency said in a news release.
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Label changes reduce OTC cough and cold poisonings in young children
Pharmacy Times
Changes to labels of over-the-counter cough and cold medications urging that they not be used in young children has led to a decrease in the number of children inappropriately exposed to the medications, according to the results of a study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics.
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New HIV treatment guidelines to cut millions of deaths
Medscape
The World Health Organization has unveiled its much-anticipated new HIV treatment guidelines. Officials say the new approach will prevent 3 million deaths by 2025 and will stop 3.5 million new infections. "The WHO estimates that these new guidelines will have an unprecedented impact," Dr. Margaret Chan told a packed room at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.
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