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Using laser and nanotechnology in the fight against superbugs
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Once antibiotic resistance has been established, it can evolve rapidly because bacteria multiply quickly. So, what can we do to prevent antibiotic resistance? Using antibiotics less frequently is a start, but researchers are helping, too. Thanks to laser and optical technology, a team of physicists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have built a matchbox-size device that can test for the presence of bacteria in minutes by exploiting the movements of the bacterium's metabolism.
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Industry pulse: Will this advancement help stop the spread of the intestinal superbug Clostridium difficile?
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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS


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
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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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August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage levels. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


FDA warns of rare but serious skin reactions with acetaminophen
Pharmacy Practice News
Acetaminophen carries the risk for rare but serious and potentially fatal skin reactions, the FDA warned Aug. 1. The risk is present both in prescription and over-the-counter products containing the pain reliever and fever reducer, whether it is the single active ingredient or is combined with other medications.
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FDA warns of massive diabetes test strip recall
FDA
The FDA is warning patients with diabetes about a recall of up to 62 million glucose test strips used to measure blood sugar levels that can show incorrect, abnormally high blood sugar readings.
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Doctors and nurses should be drug-tested — Get used to it
Medscape
Art Caplan, the New York University Langone Medical Center, Division of Medical Ethics, wants to talk about a very controversial subject: Should physicians and nurses be subjected to routine drug screening? Should they have to void in a cup to get a job? Should they have to do that to keep their jobs?
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Pharmacy-based immunizations: Getting the word out
American Pharmacists Association
On June 20, during The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting, APhA Chief Strategy Officer Mitchel Rothholz provided an overview of the profession's immunization activities and the role of community pharmacies in vaccine delivery in the United States. Playing off the themes discussed by Rothholz, pharmacists can engage patients, physicians, lawmakers, public health officials and other stakeholders in discussions on the valuable role of pharmacists in vaccine delivery.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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IN THE NEWS


Antibiotic scripts are less common after Internet training
Lancet via Medscape
European physicians who participated in Internet-based training on the use of C-reactive protein tests or enhanced patient communications wrote significantly fewer antibiotic prescriptions for patients with acute respiratory tract infections than physicians who did not participate in the training, according to a randomized controlled trial.
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Pharmacies plan to promote benefits of Affordable Care Act
Pharmacy Times
Several major pharmacy chains, including CVS Caremark and Walgreen, have recently announced plans to help educate customers regarding details of the Affordable Care Act. Individuals will be able to start purchasing health insurance through exchanges established by the ACA on Oct. 1, and the law's individual mandate, requiring most people to have health insurance, will go into effect on Jan. 1. However, many remain unaware of how the law will affect them.
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Opposition to California provider status bill dropped
American Pharmacists Association
After several amendments to a California bill that specifies and expands the role of the pharmacist and includes future provider status if passed, all organized opposition has been dropped. The bill has passed the California Senate but still needs to be considered by the State Assembly.
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FDA warns of rare but serious skin reactions with acetaminophen
Pharmacy Practice News
Acetaminophen carries the risk for rare but serious and potentially fatal skin reactions, the FDA warned Aug. 1. The risk is present both in prescription and over-the-counter products containing the pain reliever and fever reducer, whether it is the single active ingredient or is combined with other medications.

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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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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.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Surgical anesthetic appears to treat drug-resistant depression
University of Utah Health Sciences via ScienceDaily
Although electroconvulsive therapy has long been considered the most effective treatment of medication-resistant depression, millions of people who might benefit don't take advantage of it because of the treatment's side effects and public misperception of the procedure.
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Levomilnacipran extended-release approved for major depressive disorder
Pharmacy Practice News
On July 25, the FDA approved levomilnacipran extended-release capsules for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults. A selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, levomilnacipran ER is to be taken in a dose range of 40 to 120 mg once daily with or without food. It was discovered by France's Pierre Fabre Laboratories and codeveloped by Forest Laboratories, according to a company press release.
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Task force indecisive on glaucoma screening recommendation
Pharmacy Times
There is insufficient evidence to determine whether adults without vision problems should be screened for glaucoma, the United States Preventive Services Task Force declared in a statement published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The statement updates recommendations made by the USPSTF in 2004 and was made based on a review of the evidence on benefits, harms and accuracy of screening and treatment of early glaucoma.
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