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Nursing role in medication errors
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
In the healthcare setting, pharmacological or drug interventions are designed to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes for a variety of patients while minimizing or preventing the development of adverse drug reactions. Thousands of deaths and millions of hospitalizations have been reported as a result of medication errors, and in turn, medication errors have become the focus of considerable research with great attention being placed on nursing. The administration of medication is recognized as a fundamental aspect of the nursing role because it can be associated with considerable risks.
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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS


AzPA immunization training program Aug. 23
AzPA
Arizona Pharmacy Immunization Delivery is a comprehensive and interactive educational program that provides pharmacists and student pharmacists with the skills necessary to become primary sources for vaccine advocacy, education and administration. The program reviews the basics of immunology, identifies legal and regulatory issues pharmacists must consider before starting an immunization program and focuses on practice implementation.
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Your nominee could be recognized at APhA 2014 — Nominate today
American Pharmacists Association
Do you know an outstanding pharmacy practitioner, pharmaceutical scientist or student pharmacist? APhA is now accepting nominations for the 2014 awards program. Nominate individuals and organizations that are making a difference in your area of practice or research for recognition at the 2014 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, Fla., March 28–31. Review each of the awards and submit nominations online by Sept. 1.
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Overview of modifications to the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules
AzPA
Compliance date: Sept. 23
On Jan. 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the long awaited, 563-page regulations to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. These rules have been delayed for over three years and they address many of the compliance issues and outstanding questions facing covered entities and business associates under HIPAA. The effective date of the regulations was March 26 — with a compliance date for most provisions of Sept. 23.

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Free AzHeC-sponsored webinars: Learn how to e-prescribe controlled substances
AzPA
Controlled Substances E-Prescribing and Pharmacy's Bottom Line: Are You Ready?

In this complimentary 30-minute webinar, the speakers will help pharmacists understand the requirements for EPCS and the benefits of implementing this important technology. There will also be a brief Q-and-A.

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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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PHARMACY UPDATES


Best healthcare jobs
U.S. News & World Report
Today the focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as the fight to diagnose and treat them. And as even our youngest baby boomers grow closer to age 50, the need to employ qualified healthcare personnel to both prevent and treat medical conditions intensifies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that we not only need to retain those workers already in the field but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among healthcare support jobs.
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1st medical device to help diagnose ADHD approved
HealthDay News
The first medical device designed to help medical professionals diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and teens has been approved by the FDA. The Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid records and analyzes electric impulses produced by the brain's nerve cells, the agency said in a news release.
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Supreme Court rules in generic drug warning-label case that federal laws preempt state laws
American Pharmacists Association
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that consumers of generic drugs who experience adverse effects will no longer be able to sue manufacturers, as long as the drug's warning label duplicates that of its brand-name counterpart — but this decision may have little to no effect on pharmacists, said Jillanne Schulte, APhA director of regulatory affairs.
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IN THE NEWS


Tired of long lines at the pharmacy? ZappRx tests 'mobile boarding pass' for prescriptions
GigaOM
Picking up prescription medication often requires a good deal of patience. First, there's the frequently long line you have to brace for; then, there's the chance that the pharmacy never got the script from the doctor or thinks there's a problem with your health insurance. In rarer, but more harmful cases, pharmacies can dispense the wrong drugs or dosages, causing adverse drug events that can lead to hospitalization or, in some situations, even death.
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Pharmacist intervention improves asthma outcomes
Pharmacy Times
Asthma patients who receive individualized counseling from their pharmacists experience significantly improved outcomes, according to the results of a study carried out by researchers at the Academic Center in Pharmaceutical Care, University of Granada, Spain.
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CVS sued by a former pharmacist
The Wall Street Journal
A veteran pharmacist who worked at CVS Caremark Corp. until last year recently filed a civil lawsuit against his former employer alleging he was wrongfully discharged. He believes he was discharged because he complained to management that staff cutbacks were contributing to increased pressure on pharmacists, causing prescribing errors.
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Patient's DNA used to target disease via mathematical models
Medical News Today
Medicines that are personally tailored to your DNA are becoming a reality, thanks to the work of U.S. and Chinese scientists who developed statistical models to predict which drug is best for a specific individual with a specific disease.
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Pharmacist intervention improves asthma outcomes
Pharmacy Times
Asthma patients who receive individualized counseling from their pharmacists experience significantly improved outcomes, according to the results of a study carried out by researchers at the Academic Center in Pharmaceutical Care, University of Granada, Spain.

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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."

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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 acknowledged that proton pump inhibitors have huge benefits for symptomatic relief and healing of esophagitis, but the medication is overused.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Metformin cuts dementia risk in Type 2 diabetes
Medscape
Type 2 diabetes doubles the risk for dementia, and a large new observational study suggests that treatment with metformin may significantly lower that risk. In contrast, other diabetes treatments, including insulin, were associated with increased dementia risk.
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Study: HPV vaccine might shield women against throat cancer
HealthDay News
Young women who are vaccinated against the human papillomavirus not only protect themselves from cervical cancer but from throat cancer as well, a new study suggests. Many of the increasing number of throat cancers, seen mostly in developed countries, are caused by HPV infection, and the HPV vaccine might prevent many of these cancers, the researchers say.
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Drug combo boosts neurologically intact survival after CPR
Medscape
Giving a combination of vasopressin, steroids and epinephrine during CPR and then treating survivors with daily steroids was associated with more than a doubling in the likelihood of being discharged with a neurologically favorable outcome versus standard care with epinephrine alone, according to a new study.
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