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National Drug Take Back Event
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Influenza season is almost here
AzPA
As the 2013-2014 influenza season quickly approaches, now is an opportune time to send reminders and schedule appointments for patients' flu vaccinations. Seniors and people with chronic health conditions — like asthma, diabetes and heart disease — are at a higher risk for serious complications from the flu. According to the CDC, last season overall deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia were the highest in nearly a decade, and people 65 years and older accounted for half of all flu-related hospitalizations. Recommending and offering flu vaccine to Medicare beneficiaries ahead of the flu season is very crucial, as patients are more likely to get vaccinated when flu vaccination is recommended and offered by a healthcare professional.

Generally, Medicare Part B covers one influenza vaccination and its administration per influenza season for Medicare beneficiaries without copay or deductible. Note: The influenza vaccine and its administration are covered under Medicare Part B. Influenza vaccine is not a Part D-covered drug.

For more information on coverage and billing of the influenza virus vaccine and its administration, please visit:

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Slideshow: Old drugs that are still good drugs
Medscape
Medications are constantly being developed and improved. However, drugs discovered over a century ago are still being used today. Here are some old drugs that are still good drugs.
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Physicians use mobile devices in nursing homes to check drug info, preventing adverse events
Medical News Today
Nearly 9 of 10 nursing home physicians said that using their mobile devices to look up prescription drug information prevented at least one adverse drug event in the previous month, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Biomedical Informatics study.
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Bill Clinton praises healthcare reform, pharmacists
Pharmacy Times
The Affordable Care Act will help reduce overall healthcare costs while providing improved healthcare to millions of Americans, former President Bill Clinton said Oct. 14 in the keynote speech at the annual convention of the National Community Pharmacists Association. Clinton also lauded pharmacists for their commitment to improving patients' health.
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IN THE NEWS


Study: Fewer infants hospitalized for whooping cough
HealthDay News
Widespread vaccination of teens against whooping cough has resulted in fewer U.S. infants being hospitalized for the respiratory infection, also known as pertussis, according to a new study.
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FDA flips on FMT
Pharmacy Practice News
After stating that the use of fecal microbiota transplantation to treat Clostridium difficile infection would require an Investigational New Drug Application, the FDA reversed course after a public outcry and announced it would not require INDs for this therapy, at least for the time being.
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Study: Kids with ADHD often prone to bowel problems
HealthDay News
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are significantly more likely to suffer from chronic constipation and fecal incontinence than kids without the neurobehavioral condition, a new study says. The study of more than 700,000 children found that constipation nearly tripled, and fecal incontinence increased sixfold among kids with ADHD.
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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 a member of the healthcare 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 and 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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FDA flips on FMT
Pharmacy Practice News
After stating that the use of fecal microbiota transplantation to treat Clostridium difficile infection would require an Investigational New Drug Application, the FDA reversed course.

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Antibiotics recommended for all toddlers with ear infections
Pharmacy Times
In a research letter, researchers recommend that all children aged 6 months to 2 years diagnosed with acute otitis media be treated with antibiotics.

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Food for thought: How are you perceived professionally?
By Karen Childress
How you are perceived as a healthcare professional makes a difference. Fair or not, we're all judged based on how we present ourselves.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Targeting mitochondrial ROS: A novel therapy for a number of diseases
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Reactive oxygen species, or ROS, are generated in a number of physiological reactions in our body. They are responsible for a number of diseases, such as cancer, inflammatory, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders. Currently, an effective antioxidant therapy is not available. Therefore, an in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms responsible for the production of ROS and their role in the inflammation pathways is critical for the development of new drugs. Recent publications have demonstrated that the ROS derived from mitochondria were responsible for the up-regulation of cytokines through a number of signal transduction pathways.
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Measles vaccine: 1st dose at 12 months may erode potency later
Medscape
Quebec schoolchildren were 6.2 times more likely to contract measles during a 2011 outbreak if they had received the first of a two-dose vaccination at 12 to 13 months of age than if they received it at 15 months of age, according to a case-control study.
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Antibiotics still overprescribed for sore throat
Pharmacy Times
A new study finds that, since 2000, approximately 6 in 10 adults with sore throat have been prescribed antibiotics, in most cases unnecessarily. Despite efforts to reduce rates of antibiotic prescribing for adults with sore throats, a new study finds that only minor improvements have been made in recent years.
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Macitentan approved by FDA to delay progression of PAH
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The FDA on Oct. 18 approved the marketing of macitentan as a treatment to delay the progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a debilitating disease. The agency said clinical studies of the drug found that it could postpone some consequences of the disease, such as a decline in patients' ability to exercise.
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