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Making safe drugs is harder than you think
By Mike Wokasch
Whether you manufacture prescription drugs for a pharmaceutical company, compound drug products or prepare solutions in a hospital for administration to patients, you have an obligation to make sure your products are prepared correctly, to deliver the desired dose without doing harm the patient. Aside from the regulatory/legal requirements, there are good reasons for drug companies to adhere to cGMPs when making prescription drugs.
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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS


Save the date — AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Program
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Completely revised, the AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Program will be presented Oct. 25. Registration will be open in early September.

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Department of Health & Human Services: Pharmacists' contribution
AzPA
Thank you for your continued dedication to increasing the number of Americans who are up to date on their vaccinations. Your collective efforts have made a tremendous contribution to raising awareness and increasing access to vaccines.
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Q-and-A with Scott Giberson, acting deputy surgeon general
AzPA
In an inspiring development for the profession of pharmacy, Dr. Scott Giberson was named acting deputy U.S. surgeon general, and Dr. Boris D. Lushniak was named acting U.S. surgeon general after Dr. Regina Benjamin. Benjamin, the 18th surgeon general, stepped down July 16.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


Healthcare providers want electronic, standardized REMS programs
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Risk evaluation and mitigation strategy programs have generally existed outside of normal healthcare delivery systems, but it's time to merge the two, say pharmacists and other healthcare providers.
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Pharmacists feeling pain over AMA resolution
Pharmacy Practice News
A bluntly worded American Medical Association resolution that was intended to curb a barrage of retail pharmacy phone calls to physicians requesting additional information about pain medication prescriptions has triggered a backlash from pharmacists, some of whom objected to the resolution's sharp tone as a departure from the mostly collegial relationships that exist between the two professions.
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Pharmacist telemonitoring intervention improves blood pressure control
Pharmacy Times
A combination of telemonitoring and pharmacist case management may help control blood pressure in hypertensive patients better than usual care, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Patients who worked with pharmacists continued to have improved blood pressure control six months after the intervention ended.
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8 ways to deal with antibiotic resistance
Medscape
Antibiotic resistance has been declared a crisis by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and virtually all other relevant organizations. What are the solutions for antibiotic resistance?
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IN THE NEWS


Rapid test detects HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies and HIV-1 antigen
HealthDay News
The first rapid test to detect the HIV-1 antigen, as well as blood antibodies for the HIV-1 and HIV-2 strains, has been approved by the FDA. The test can detect these markers for the AIDS-causing virus in human serum, plasma and blood specimens, the agency said in a news release.
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Big ideas for boosting drug safety
Pharmacy Practice News
The 2013 Summer Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a smaller version of the mammoth Midyear Meeting held each fall, included some big ideas nevertheless. In this article, the editors at Pharmacy Practice News cover several noteworthy posters dealing with diverse aspects of medication safety.
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Younger heart failure patients may benefit from warfarin
Pharmacy Times
Warfarin may be more beneficial than aspirin in preventing ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage and death in younger heart failure patients, according to the results of a study published online in Circulation: Heart Failure.
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8 ways to deal with antibiotic resistance
Medscape
Antibiotic resistance has been declared a crisis by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and virtually all other relevant organizations. What are the solutions for antibiotic resistance?

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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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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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MEDICATION UPDATES


Hepatotoxicity, other risks prompt strict limits on oral ketoconazole use
American Academy of Family Physicians
Based on reports of serious, sometimes fatal, liver injury and other health risks, FDA officials have called for strict limits on the use of ketoconazole oral tablets. New drug labeling reflects the removal of several indications for the antifungal medication, the addition of a new contraindication for patients with acute or chronic liver disease, and other changes.
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More compounding pharmacy products recalled
Time
Injections made by a Texas compounding pharmacy may be responsible for bloodstream infections, says the FDA. After 15 patients were hospitalized with blood infections after receiving calcium gluconate injections, the FDA announced a voluntary recall of all sterile products produced and distributed by Specialty Compounding LLC in Cedar Park, Texas, which made the shots. Calcium gluconate is used to treat heart disease, high potassium levels and calcium deficiencies.
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Probiotic supplements do not prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea in elderly patients
Lancet via Medical Xpress
Some previous research has suggested that probiotic preparations — similar to those available in popular probiotic yogurt drinks — might reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and prescribing probiotics for elderly patients on antibiotics has become routine practice in some institutions. This is the largest trial ever to assess the effect of such supplements on AAD in a real-life setting.
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Everolimus: A novel treatment for seizures?
Medscape
The immunosuppressant/anticancer agent everolimus was associated with a dramatic reduction in seizures in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex in whom treatment with many other antiepileptic drugs had failed, according to a new study. "We think our results could have huge ramifications," Dr. Darcy A. Krueger, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, commented to Medscape Medical News. "This drug could represent a novel treatment strategy for epilepsy, and possibly even for autism and cognitive impairment."
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