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Pharmaceutical R&D: On the cutting edge
By Rosemary Sparacio
The challenges that pharmaceutical companies face continue to grow at an almost exponential rate. Costs of Phase I through IV trials have to be managed. Additionally, the challenges of clinical trials in emerging markets — Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China — come with their own set of even greater challenges. But with these challenges — or perhaps because of them — come new advances.
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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS


Health advisory: Multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis
AzPA
The Arizona Department of Health Services and local health departments are monitoring the development of a cyclosporiasis outbreak throughout the United States. To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified of 285 cases of cyclospora infection in multiple states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota and Ohio. No cases have been reported in Arizona at this time.
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Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50: FDA health risk warning due to undeclared ingredients
FDA
The FDA is warning consumers that they should not use or purchase Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, marketed as a vitamin B dietary supplement. A preliminary FDA laboratory analysis indicated that the product contains two potentially harmful anabolic steroids — methasterone, a controlled substance, and dimethazine. These ingredients are not listed in the label and should not be in a dietary supplement.
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Proposed law calls for commission to focus on prescription drug abuse efforts
NABP
A bill calling for a 30-member commission to coordinate law enforcement and health agency efforts to combat prescription drug abuse was introduced to the United States Senate. Under the law, the commission would be composed of representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FDA and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as well as representatives of patient advocacy groups, healthcare experts and public-policy experts.
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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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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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Student pharmacists storm Capitol Hill to advocate for provider status
American Pharmacists Association
For student pharmacists around the country, July 12 was a chance for them to make a difference and continue to push for pharmacist provider status. The 84 student pharmacists attended 131 scheduled visits with congressional staff on Capitol Hill to advocate for provider status.
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Accidental ingestion of liquid medications by young children may be reduced by flow restrictors
Medical News Today
In the U.S., child-resistant packaging for most medications has contributed to the prevention of thousands of pediatric deaths. Nevertheless, over 500,000 calls are made to poison control centers each year after accidental ingestion of medications by young children, and the number of emergency department visits for unsupervised medication ingestions is rising. In a new study, researchers studied whether adding flow restrictors to bottles can limit the amount of liquid medication a child could access even if child-resistant caps are missing or improperly closed.
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Tuberculosis care poses challenges, opportunities
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The pharmacist-managed tuberculosis compliance clinic at the University of Southern California serves students with latent TB infection and also showcases what could be a growing healthcare role for pharmacists. Clinical pharmacist Jeffrey Goad said that before the pharmacy staff began managing the program, less than 5 percent of the students who came to the clinic completed the then-standard six-month course of isoniazid therapy for latent TB.
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IN THE NEWS


Parents choose retail pharmacy clinics for convenience
Pharmacy Times
Many parents in search of convenient care for their children are visiting retail clinics located in pharmacies instead of their primary care pediatricians for minor illnesses, a new study reports. These clinics, found inside special Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kroger and other chain pharmacy locations, offer treatment for common illnesses, are frequently open at night and on the weekends, and often have shorter wait times and lower prices than the physician's office or the emergency department.
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Study: Americans living longer, healthier lives
HealthDay News
Not only has Americans' life expectancy increased in recent decades, they also are healthier later in life, a new study shows. "With the exception of the year or two just before death, people are healthier than they used to be," study author David Cutler, a professor of applied economics at Harvard University, said in a university news release.
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HPV vaccination rates among adolescent girls remain disappointingly low
American Pharmacists Association
Human papillomavirus vaccination rates among adolescent females aged 13 to 17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced July 25 during a telebriefing.
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HPV vaccination rates among adolescent girls remain disappointingly low
American Pharmacists Association
Human papillomavirus vaccination rates among adolescent females aged 13 to 17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced July 25 during a telebriefing.

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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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1st medical device to help diagnose ADHD approved
HealthDay News
The first medical device designed to help medical professionals diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 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.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Causes and remedies: Inappropriate prescribing, penicillin resistance
Pharmacy Times
Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing — prescribing antibiotics for viruses or self-limiting bacterial infections — is a common problem. Despite aggressive, very public efforts to reduce this problem, it continues. The primary diagnoses associated with inappropriate prescribing are all upper respiratory in nature: the common cold, rhinosinusitis, pharyngitis, acute bronchitis and acute otitis media.
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1st lots of flu vaccine shipped for upcoming flu season
Pharmacy Practice News
Sanofi Pasteur has begun shipping the first lots of influenza virus vaccine for the 2013-2014 flu season, following the FDA release of the doses for U.S. distribution. The vaccines division of Sanofi intends to deliver more than 60 million doses to healthcare providers in the United States this fall, according to a company press release. The vaccine, which the company began shipping July 24, should be available to the public in August.
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FDA, EMA come down hard on oral ketoconazole
Medscape
Clinicians should no longer prescribe ketoconazole tablets as a first-line therapy for any fungal infection because of the risk for severe liver injury, adrenal insufficiency and adverse drug interactions, the FDA recently announced.
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