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2 weeks left to save: Fall Conference Nov. 15
AzPA
Earn up to 6 CE credits this November with AzPA. Join us as we strive enhance the future of our industry by providing training in medication management, diabetes management, therapeutic options for Parkinson's disease and more. Technicians: There's a Diabetes Meter Training Workshop created specifically for you along with an afternoon session to fulfill a PTCB requirement. Hurry! Early bird pricing ends Oct. 15. Don't forget to Like AzPA on Facebook for updates on all our events. View the full schedule and session objective online.
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Celebrate American Pharmacy Month with us!
AzPA
AzPA is participating in a global tweet-a-thon tomorrow, Oct. 2, with other pharmacy organizations. Join us. Tweet about the real things you do to help patients, other health professionals and your communities. Simply use the hashtag #Pharmacist and tag AzPA @azpharmacy. Download the PDF for post examples and more information about Twitter.
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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 is today!.
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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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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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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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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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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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UPCOMING EVENTS


Date Event More Information
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



PHARMACY UPDATES


The quest for new antibiotics turns back to nature, genetics
By Rosemary Sparacio
With antibiotic resistance becoming an increasing problem in medical treatment, the search is on for new antibiotics, new sources for those antibiotics and new mechanisms. For thousands of years people have used products found in nature for their medicinal properties. A return to nature may be the next area in which we find antibiotics. Smaller pharmaceutical companies are still pursuing research and manufacturing, and they are submitting regulatory documents for new antibiotics to the FDA for their approval. But perhaps more promising is the work being done to look for novel mechanisms and to explore different areas in the search.
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Pharmacists take to Twitter in 2nd Annual Global Tweet-a-Thon Oct. 2
Pharmacy Times
Members of 37 pharmacy organizations across the globe will take to Twitter to participate in the second annual #Pharmacist tweet-a-thon Oct. 2, to highlight the positive impact that pharmacists have on their patients, communities and the healthcare industry.
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J.D. Power reports: Pharmacists and staff play increasingly important roles in pharmacy customer satisfaction
PRNewswire
Pharmacist and staff interactions with customers are increasingly important drivers of satisfaction and share of wallet for both brick-and-mortar as well as mail-order pharmacies, while the speed of delivering and ease of ordering medication also drives satisfaction with mail order pharmacies, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Pharmacy Study.
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IN THE NEWS


Enterovirus: What you need to know
By Katina Smallwood
A rapidly spreading respiratory virus called enterovirus has led to the hospitalization of children across the nation and has parents concerned. But what are the symptoms of the virus, and how can it be prevented? Enterovirus D68 is a rare but potentially serious respiratory illness that can cause wheezing, difficulty breathing, runny nose, body aches, fever and rash. Because the symptoms are similar to that of a cold or the flu, parents must monitor their child for signs of the virus worsening. Enterovirus began in the Midwest but has quickly spread, and 22 states now have confirmed cases.
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Discount generic drug programs grow over time
Medical News Today
Generic discount drug programs, which charge nominal fees to fill prescriptions, have grown over time and their initial lower use by minorities has evaporated.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of AzPA Pharmacy Flash, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As part of the pharmaceutical industry, your knowledge lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


FDA approves new indication for Humira: Pediatric Crohn's disease
Pharmacy Practice News
The FDA has approved a new indication for adalimumab for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn's disease in pediatric patients 6 years of age and older.
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Deprescribing of benefit to older patients, but it takes care
Medical News Today
Weaning older patients off inappropriate medications that may harm them more than help them should be a priority for all prescribing clinicians, say the authors of two clinical focus articles published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
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Glaucoma candidate takes steps toward FDA approval
Pharmacy Times
Because latanoprostene bunod demonstrated noninferiority to timolol maleate in pivotal Phase 3 studies, Bausch + Lomb expects to submit a new drug application to the FDA for the glaucoma treatment's approval in mid-2015.
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Wholesale drug distribution: Pharmacists should know their source of drugs
APhA
Wholesale drug distributors are a link between manufacturers and pharmacists. Their role is to ensure prescription medications are delivered safely and efficiently every day to thousands of health care practitioners and pharmacies nationwide. While the U.S. healthcare supply chain is one of the most secure and sophisticated in the world, there is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market.
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