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Pharmacists take to Twitter in global Tweet-a-Thon Oct. 3
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On Oct. 3, AzPA wants pharmacists to take a moment to tweet about the real things they are doing or have done to help patients, other health professionals and their communities that day.
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NCPA urges passage of compounding reform, drug security bill
NCPA via AzPA
The National Community Pharmacists Association recently endorsed The Drug Quality and Security Act in letters to House and Senate leaders urging approval of the measure.
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HELP committee members call for Senate passage of Drug Quality and Security Act
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
Democratic and Republican health policy leaders applaud House passage of bill to address high-risk drug compounding practices and secure the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision — Codes transition begins
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets effective Oct. 1, 2014. Everyone covered by HIPAA is required to make the transition, even providers and payers who do not deal with Medicare claims.
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Need CE? AzPA Fall Pharmacy Conference: Expanding the Partnership of Pharmacy Care
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Date: Saturday, Oct. 26.
This conference offers 6.0 contact hours (0.60 CEUs).

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Residency symposium and workshop: Developing, Expanding and Improving Residency Training Programs in Arizona
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Friday, Oct. 18
Register today!

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AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Program completely revised for 2013 — Register today
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Completely revised for 2013, the AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Program will be presented Oct. 25. Register now.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Finding the right partner to solve the lyophilization challenge
By Peter Soelkner
About 30 percent of all parenteral drugs approved by the FDA in the past few years involved freeze-dried substances. Experts are predicting a possible rise to even 50 percent in the future. It's definitely a challenge for research and development as well as commercial filling. Therefore, many pharmaceutical and biotech companies rely on outsourcing partners. But how do you find the right partner for the challenge?
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Medicare, Medicaid would keep running if US government shuts down
HealthDay News
Medicare and Medicaid recipients and veterans will continue to receive healthcare benefits if the federal government shuts down, U.S. officials said. The shutdown also won't stop the introduction of the health insurance exchanges that are a foundation of the Affordable Care Act. The law, also known as Obamacare, is ground zero in the budget battle on Capitol Hill that is leading to the shutdown threat.
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House passes new compounding, track-and-trace bill
American Pharmacists Association
The Drug Quality and Security Act is a new name for a new bill addressing both compounding and track and trace on which agreement was reached by leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee. Introduced Sept. 27, the bill passed the House by voice vote Sept. 28.
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IN THE NEWS


Experts believe pharmacy research can help raise health literacy standards
Medical News Today
Limited health literacy can lead to difficulties in patients' self-care activities, such as taking prescribed medications. Since a considerable amount of health information changes hands in the pharmacy setting, research by pharmacists into evaluating which tools are effective in practice can make a valuable contribution to goals set by the 2010 U.S. National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and lead to improvements in communications and healthcare, experts say.
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Pharmacies expand through deliveries and providing vaccinations
Pharmacy Times
Retail pharmacies are increasingly becoming one-stop shops for customers. In addition to filling prescriptions, pharmacies are now offering services that include everything from delivering prescriptions to administering vaccines. Some pharmacists are even performing minor cosmetic procedures, such as administering Botox and Juvéderm.
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Rapid opioid detox method linked to hospitalizations, deaths
Pharmacy Practice News
Drug rehabilitation clinics should no longer administer a controversial opioid detoxification method, government health officials have said. An investigation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that anesthesia-assisted rapid opioid detoxification put patients at risk for serious adverse events, including cardiac arrest, vomiting, pulmonary edema and death.
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FDA reaches out to narcolepsy sufferers
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
For the estimated 50,000 Americans who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy, the FDA's Sept. 24 patient-focused meeting provided an opportunity to tell the agency how the disease affects their lives and what therapeutic approaches may improve their ability to function.
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FDA reaches out to narcolepsy sufferers
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
For the estimated 50,000 Americans who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy, the FDA's patient-focused meeting provided an opportunity to tell the agency how the disease affects their lives and what therapeutic approaches may improve their ability to function.

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Pharmacies take after banks, offering cash rewards for new customers
The Post and Courier
In David Slade's last column, he wrote about cash incentives that banks offer to attract new customers, but did you know that pharmacies do the same thing? In fact, some pharmacies offer larger cash incentives for new customers than banks.

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Antibiotics recommended for all toddlers with ear infections
Pharmacy Times
In a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers recommend that all children aged 6 months to 2 years diagnosed with acute otitis media be treated with antibiotics, despite recent guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommend otherwise.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Psychotropic drug use leveling off in preschoolers
Medscape
The use of psychotropic prescription drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders, anxiety and other mental health disorders in very young children appears to be leveling off, according to a report. A national study of more than 43,000 children aged 2 to 5 years found that overall psychotropic prescription use peaked in the mid-2000s, then stabilized in the late 2000s.
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Boxed warning emphasizes tigecycline as antibacterial of last resort
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Citing a reason other than the possible development of drug-resistant bacteria, the new boxed warning in the labeling for tigecycline recommends that clinicians reserve the antibacterial for "situations when alternative treatments are not suitable."
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FDA approves 1st 'presurgical' drug for breast cancer
HealthDay News
The FDA recently approved the first drug to be used before the surgical treatment of breast cancer. Perjeta, which was granted accelerated approval by the FDA, is already used to treat breast cancer in its advanced stages. This is the first time that women with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancers — a typically aggressive form of tumor — will have the chance to start treatment with something other than surgery, the agency said.
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Early goal-directed antibiotic discontinuation?
Medscape
Critical care physicians are frequently in the position of making rapid choices with little or no hard data to guide them. When it comes to presumed infections, time is life, and a lack of data is no reason to not treat. This results in a mantra of "start big and trim based on results," but what about stopping for negative cultures? Most clinicians are keenly aware that our pool of antibiotics is shrinking, so tools to help them discontinue antibiotics early are not only useful but also desired.
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