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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS

CDC warns about EV-D68
AZPA
In late August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified by two states of an increase in children hospitalized with severe respiratory illness. Enterovirus D68 was identified in many of these patients. There are now several other states reporting increases in admissions for severe respiratory illness. It is possible that these are also associated with EV-D68.

EV-D68 appears to spread via close contact (e.g., saliva, sputum, feces) with infected individuals. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent EV-D68 and no specific antiviral treatment recommended.

However, patients can help protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses by:
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • washing hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers;
  • cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick;
  • ensuring vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine, are up to date.
Clinicians should be aware of EV-D68 as one of many causes of viral respiratory disease and should report clusters of unexplained respiratory illness to their local public health agency.

Please refer to this MMWR for more detailed information.
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Psychiatric Certificate Program open for enrollment
AzPA
On Friday, Nov. 14, take part in a practice-based activity designed for pharmacists in all practice settings. Receive additional training in the area of psychiatric pharmacy to enhance your clinical knowledge. This program will be held at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix. Register online today for early bird enrollment.
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Save $20 by registering today: Fall Conference Nov. 15
AzPA
Join us at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix! The Fall Conference provides continuing education, social and networking opportunities for pharmacy professionals of all experience levels. AzPA brings you the opportunity to earn up to 6.0 CE credits, Saturday, Nov. 15. Register by Oct. 15 for the early bird discount.

Join the conversation on social media using #azpaFall.

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Help Amy Voelker — the pharmacist who helped us
YouCaring via AzPA
Amy Voelker is/was a pharmacist at the Phoenix VA Hospital. She had just finished her second surgery to remove melanoma cancer, when her husband, Mark suddenly died of heart complications in March. After she buried her husband, her cancer returned with a vengeance. Mark and Amy had adopted two children from Russia at the age of 3 years old, two separate trips. Naja is now 14 and Olec is 11. Mark was a stay at home dad and worked as waiter at night. He was so excited to start Naja on the her high school journey.

Please help this family by donating here.

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ASHP Honors and Awards call for nominations
ASHP
This invitation is being directed to you because we believe you are in a good position to nominate individuals for ASHP recognition. This call is for nominations for the following awards:
  • Honorary Members of ASHP
  • Board of Directors' Award of Honor
  • Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy Practice
  • Donald E. Francke Medal
  • Award of Excellence
  • Chief Executive Officer's Award for Courageous Service
  • ASHP/ABHP Joint Leadership Award
The ASHP awards program is designed to publicly express gratitude to individuals who have made important contributions, directly or indirectly, to advance the interests of hospital and health-system pharmacists as healthcare professionals. Click here for the ASHP Award Nomination Form.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 1.

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Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program: Nov. 14
AzPA
Don't miss this innovative and intensive certificate program focusing on the pharmacist's role in the area of diabetes management. The program emphasizes a healthcare team approach and seeks to foster the implementation of pharmaceutical care interventions that will promote disease self-management. Join us at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix Friday, Nov. 14! Register online today.
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2015 APhA Election: Lead. Make Change Happen.
APhA
The American Pharmacists Association is seeking leaders to help shape the profession's future. On the Board of Trustees, APhA President-elect and Trustee positions are both available. The available Academy positions are as follows: APhA-APRS Basic Sciences Chair-elect, Clinical Sciences Chair-elect and Economic, Social & Administrative Sciences Chair-elect are open for APhA pharmaceutical scientists and researchers; and APhA-APPM President-elect and Member-at-Large positions are open for APhA pharmacy practitioners. Click here for additional information on available positions. Deadline: Oct. 1.
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PHARMACY UPDATES


How to energize your pharmacy career
By Greg L. Alston
When you're trying to learn something new, as you will be during your pharmacy career, the only way it will make sense to you is if you have a way to connect to the information. If you can't figure out how the information is relevant to you, it's going to be very difficult for you to learn. Greg L. Alston looks at how he has learned over the years, not just as a pharmacist, but also as an educator and speaker.
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Massachusetts pharmacist arrested in deadly fungal meningitis outbreak
NBC News
An ex-employee of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that allegedly infected hundreds of people with a bad batch of medicine was arrested trying to leave the country, authorities said. Glenn Chin was "attempting to board a plane to Hong Kong" when federal authorities seized him at Logan Airport in Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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IN THE NEWS


Acetyl fentanyl is new agent for abuse
APhA
Emergency room pharmacists and physicians should be on the lookout for "what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses," but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin, according to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
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Are pharmacy schools teaching the correct skills to make students employable after graduation?
Do you think that pharmacy school curricula are teaching the correct skill sets to make pharmacy graduates employable in the future? This nationwide project needs to gather a broad range of opinions to find out the honest answer to this question.

The purpose of this study is to answer the question, “What attributes of a candidate for employment as a pharmacist are most important to potential employers?” This information will be useful in advising pharmacy students, designing educational programs and increasing the relevance of academic experiences.

Click here to take the survey — available until Dec. 5.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


Single-dose, injected flu treatment shows promise
HealthDay News
A new single-dose, injected drug appears safe and effective at helping ease flu symptoms, two new studies show. The studies included a total of 427 adults who were given one injection of the drug peramivir or a placebo within 48 hours of the start of flu symptoms.
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Marijuana compound a novel treatment for Alzheimer's?
Medscape
Extremely low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the active compound in marijuana, may offer a novel and viable treatment for Alzheimer's disease, preliminary research suggests.
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New Jersey firm sold unapproved and improperly labeled drugs
Pharmacy Practice News
U.S. marshals seized various unapproved and improperly labeled drug products that were marketed, sold and distributed online by Flawless Beauty LLC of New Jersey. The seizure was made at the request of the FDA and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
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Novel Ebola vaccine shows potential in monkey trial
HealthDay News
An experimental Ebola vaccine has shown promise in a trial involving monkeys. Based on the results of that trial, a two-shot version of the vaccine — which includes a "primer" that jumpstarts the immune system before the Ebola vaccine is given — is now being tested for the first time in humans, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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