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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hydrocodone combination products rescheduling takes effect Oct. 6
AzPA
The DEA's final rule on rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II takes effect Oct. 6. To help pharmacists prepare and discuss the coming change with prescribers and patients, NCPA has prepared a summary of the final rule as well as information for prescribers and pharmacists and a letter that pharmacists can personalize and distribute to their patients.

Summary
Key Points
Patient Letter

The DEA recently released a long-awaited final rule to govern controlled-substances take-back programs, one that offers consumers options but no incentives for pharmacies to participate. DEA addressed several of NCPA's long-term care-related concerns, and it's important to note the program is completely voluntary for both retail and LTC pharmacies — as NCPA requested and the law required. The good news for LTC is that the facilities can continue to employ current methods of destruction, as applicable by law. NCPA has prepared an initial analysis of the rule. Most state pharmacy practice acts do not specifically address prescription medication take-back programs for disposal. Should you have specific questions, check directly with your Board of Pharmacy to ensure that you are in full compliance with your respective state pharmacy regulations. DEA issued fact sheets on the rule as well.
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Cast your vote! It's time to vote for the 2014 PTCB CPhT of the Year
PTCB
PTCB invites you to vote for the 2014 PTCB CPhT of the Year. PTCB's CPhT of the Year Program honors achievement in patient care, leadership and innovation as a way to encourage and support excellence among all pharmacy technicians. PTCB was thrilled to receive a large pool of nominations. Through a detailed review process, PTCB selected seven CPhT candidates to appear on the online ballot. Now it's your turn to vote!

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You may vote once. Voting will close Sept. 26. The 2014 honoree will receive a $500 honorarium, plus registration, travel and accommodations to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition Dec. 7-11 in Anaheim, California. The honoree will be recognized at an event to be held at ASHP Midyear on Tuesday, Dec. 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Stay connected on Facebook and look for news at the PTCB website. Be sure to Like PTCB on Facebook to keep up on the CPhT of the Year! Also, follow PTCB on Twitter and LinkedIn. Read more and vote.

Read the Official Description and the Official Rules. Read about last year's PTCB CPhT of the Year.

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Request for volunteers
AzPA
The Alliance for Patient Medication Safety is a federally listed Patient Safety Organization with the mission of fostering a culture of quality within the profession of pharmacy that promotes a continuous systems analysis to develop best practices that will reduce medication errors, improve medication use and enhance patient care. Congress created PSOs to promote shared learning to enhance quality and safety within a privileged and confidential, protected environment.
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Unite in the Future of Pharmacy: Fall Conference Nov. 15
AzPA
It's time. Join AzPA as we come together to enhance the future our industry. On Saturday, Nov. 15, we unite in Phoenix to provide training in Medication Management, Diabetes Management, Therapeutic Options for Parkinson's Disease and more. Register by Oct. 15 to take advantage of early bird pricing.

Join the conversation on social media using #azpaFall.

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Send photos to PTCB during October in honor of National Pharmacy Technician Day!
PTCB
National Pharmacy Technician Day is Oct. 28, the day to celebrate the contributions and commitment of CPhTs. During the month of October, CPhTs s are invited to send pharmacy team photos to contact@ptcb.org and we will post them on PTCB's Facebook page to celebrate the day! Like PTCB on Facebook and watch for details!
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Arizona children may be sickened with enterovirus
The Republic
Arizona public health officials said a severe respiratory virus that has sickened children in at least 10 states may have reached Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services has reported an increase in the number of children who have been hospitalized for upper-respiratory illness. The state has sent samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test for a particular strain of a common virus.
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Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 27
AWARxE
Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 27. Disposal site information is now available for patients online. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites will be open across the country, and consumers are encouraged to use this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded pills, including prescription painkillers and other controlled substance medications.
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Nicotine Dependence Treatment Continuing Education & Certification Program
The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership
Register today for the upcoming five-day training program. The training will be held Oct. 6-10.
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Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar offers programs for CPhTs
JFPS
Pharmacy technicians are invited to attend the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar, Oct. 19-22 in Washington, D.C. To view the pharmacy technician programs, visit the conference site and go to "Education @ JFPS." Click Event Search, and type "pharmacy technician" in the search bar.
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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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UPCOMING EVENTS


Date Event More Information
Sept. 18-21 Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Details
Sept. 21 NABP District 7 meeting Details
Oct. 18-22 National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Convention Details
Oct. 19-22 Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar Details
Oct. 28 National Pharmacy Technician Day Details
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 California Pharmacy Technician Association/California Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Annual Meeting Details
Nov. 5-7 NABP District 4 meeting Details
Nov. 11-14 ICE Annual Conference Details
Nov. 14 Diabetes & Psychiatric Certificate Programs Details
Nov. 15 AzPA Fall Conference Details
Dec. 7-12 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition Details



PTCB on the Road
Aug. 23-26: PTCB staff met with individual employers during the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo in Boston.
Aug. 30-Sept. 4: PTCB Executive Director & CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, attended the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Annual Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sept. 4-7: PTCB exhibited at the Kansas Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Lawrence, Kansas.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Do you have to own a pharmacy business to be successful?
By Greg L. Alston
One of the most common questions I receive is, "Can I use professional business skills to improve my career as an employee, or do I have to own my own business to be successful?" That is a particularly awesome question, so let me dig right into it. The short answer is that professional business skills are universal. You can use them to become a better employee, spouse, parent, parent, teacher or volunteer. So understanding how value is created does not mean that you have to go out and invent your own product or service to be successful. The product can be you.
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Schizophrenia is 8 different diseases, not 1
USA Today
New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms. The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to diagnose and treat schizophrenia, a mental illness that can be devastating when not adequately managed, says C. Robert Cloninger, co-author of the study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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White House unveils plan to battle antibiotic resistance
Medscape
The Obama administration recently unveiled a complicated game plan to battle antibiotic resistance, as well as a $20 million contest to develop a rapid point-of-care diagnostic test to identify superbugs that are killing at least 23,000 Americans per year.
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Pharmacist raises concerns over enterovirus as illness spreads
Pharmacy Times
The severe respiratory virus that is hospitalizing children across the United States has now been confirmed in 17 states. New Jersey and Virginia are the latest states to confirm cases of enterovirus D68, which causes symptoms similar to those of a severe cold. Other states with confirmed EV-D68 cases are Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
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IN THE NEWS


Flu vaccine coverage for healthcare workers still lacking
Medscape
To increase influenza vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel and lower the risk for influenza for them and their patients, comprehensive vaccination strategies are needed, according to two reports published in the Sept. 18 issue of the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report."
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DOJ reopens counterfeit drug charges against Wisconsin pharmacist
Madison.com
The U.S. Department of Justice has reopened a case against a Madison, Wisconsin, pharmacist who previously faced charges for illegally importing and selling counterfeit medications in 2010 before the case was dismissed, according to a DOJ statement. Marla Ahlgrimm, former owner of Women’s Health America, was arraigned before a federal magistrate in Central Islip, New York, along with her suspected accomplice, Balbir Bhogal .
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Brown signs bill to let pharmacy technicians do more
Sacramento Business Journal
Pharmacy technicians will be able to do more — under direct supervision of a pharmacist — in a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. New duties may include packaging emergency supplies, sealing emergency containers, performing monthly checks of drug supplies and reporting irregularities.
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The future health-system pharmacy department
Pharmacy Times
In health-system pharmacy circles, people continue to discuss the growing pharmacy enterprise, the possibility of pharmacy executives having a position in line with other hospital executives within the c-suite, and the aligning of multiple hospital pharmacy departments to form a corporate structure. While these are noble discussions, there is worry whether they are fully congruent with the needs of the future pharmacy department.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


Drugs for anxiety, sleep linked to Alzheimer's disease
By Denise A. Valenti
Drugs used to modify behavior in young or middle-aged adults may have serious consequences in later life. Recent research has demonstrated that extended use of benzodiazepine drugs — commonly used for the management of anxiety and sleep dysfunction — increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The longer the drugs are in use for a patient, the greater the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. A major concern with the Alzheimer's-type dementia associated with the benzodiazepines is that the pathology may not be reversible.
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New cholesterol guidelines shift away from statins
APhA
New recommendations about cholesterol were announced by the National Lipid Association that focus on patient-centered ways to reduce and prevent cardiovascular events where patients and providers will work more collaboratively.
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More schools stocking shots that counter serious allergic reactions
HealthDay News
More states are passing legislation permitting or requiring schools to stock the medication epinephrine to use for any child having a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine auto-injectors are the primary treatment for anaphylaxis.
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