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To reduce Medicare costs, expand medication therapy management eligibility
Pharmacy Times
A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that suggests increasing medication adherence can improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. The study, published in the July issue of Health Affairs, assesses the potential costs savings to Medicare from increased medication adherence and evaluates current eligibility criteria for medication therapy management services in terms of their ability to select patients at the highest risk of nonadherence.
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Arizona Vaccine News
AzPA
The current issue of the Arizona Vaccine News from the office of Dr. Karen Lewis is now available. Visit the immunization page on the AzPA website .
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AzPA calendar of events
AzPA
Upcoming training programs, conferences and national events are available on the AzPA website.
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Check out the photos and videos from the 2013 AzPA Annual Convention
AzPA
This year's record-breaking attendance and outstanding continuing pharmacy education activities made this convention the best ever. View posters, photos and videos on the AzPA website.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


New technologies in air medical services
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The advent of air medical services has revolutionized healthcare. It has not only saved lives but also has lessened the cost of healthcare incurred by patients. By bringing medical facilities to the patient in the less time, it has reduced treatment delays. Technology has gone beyond transportation as present day air medical services are nothing short of mobile or flying emergency rooms and intensive care units.
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MyBestRx has epic foundation, removes pharmacy guesswork
Tech Cocktail
Four strangers set out on a bus trip that will last for over 72 hours. Their mission is to devise a startup over 1,800 miles and launch their new company when they arrive in Austin, Texas. Sounds like the plot of a movie, right? Wrong. That was the exact situation Colleen Egan, Andrew Craze, David Ip and Michael Davidson were in when they were accepted to StartupBus.
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Emergency physicians use new tool to detect drug-seekers in the ER
Medical News Today
Emergency physicians and other emergency department staff were fairly accurate in assessing which patients were drug-seekers in the emergency department, changing their prescribing plans for less than 10 percent of patients after consulting an objective computerized state prescription drug monitoring program. The analysis of emergency providers' prescribing patterns and clinical factors associated with suspecting drug-seeking in the ER were published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
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IN THE NEWS


Alternative forms of oral drug delivery for pediatric patients
Medscape
The lack of an appropriate dosage form limits the use of many medications that may potentially benefit children. While this has been a long-standing problem for pediatric healthcare providers, little attention has been paid to remedying it — until recently. In 2005, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, joined by representatives from the FDA, academic medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, formed the United States Pediatric Formulations Initiative in an effort to stimulate research in pediatric formulation technology.
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Multidimensional approach to ensuring safe injection practices
American Pharmacists Association
In "CDC Grand Rounds: Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices in the U.S. Health-Care System," published recently in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC noted that "injection safety is a complex public health issue that requires a multidimensional approach." The agency described the four Es for ensuring safe injections.
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Migraine with aura identified as strong risk factor for stroke
Pharmacy Times
Women who experience migraines with aura may be at an increased risk for all major stroke subtypes, according to the results of a large cohort study presented at the 2013 International Headache Conference in Boston on June 30. Previous research has shown migraine with aura to be associated with an increased relative risk of stroke, but the new study is the first to evaluate its absolute effect on stroke occurrence and how this compares with the effect of other risk factors.
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New treatments show promise against drug-resistant gonorrhea
HealthDay News
Two new promising treatments for gonorrhea may help fight the growth of drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacteria, according to a new U.S. government study. The two antibiotic regimens use existing drugs in new combinations.

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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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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."

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Acid-suppressing drugs overprescribed in infants
Pharmacy Practice News
Acid-suppressing drugs are overprescribed in infants and children, and this is a "risky business," according to a pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Eric Hassall. Haskell, a professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, acknowledged that proton pump inhibitors have huge benefits for symptomatic relief and healing of esophagitis when prescribed for children over the age of 1 year who have proven gastroesophageal reflux disease. However, he said, these medications often are prescribed for infants who are spitting up or just irritable, and GERD is seldom responsible.
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New treatments show promise against drug-resistant gonorrhea
HealthDay News
Two new promising treatments for gonorrhea may help fight the growth of drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacteria, according to a new U.S. government study. The two antibiotic regimens use existing drugs in new combinations — injectable gentamicin with azithromycin pills or gemifloxacin pills with azithromycin pills.
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Home use of clozapine for schizophrenia boosts adherence
Medscape
In-home initiation of the atypical antipsychotic clozapine can decrease symptoms of resistant schizophrenia while also increasing treatment adherence, new research suggests. Preliminary results from a small pilot study in the U.K. show that after initiating treatment with clozapine in the home, rather than starting treatment in the hospital, patients with refractory schizophrenia had a significant decrease in symptom severity scores.
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Oral oncology drugs rife with challenges
Pharmacy Practice News
In recent years, oral oncology agents have flooded the market, providing new therapeutic options. Although these drugs are seen as more convenient for patients, they come with a unique set of challenges, according to a panel of experts at the 2013 annual meeting of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association.
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