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Attention technicians: 2015 Certification Updates
AzPA
Beginning in 2015, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board will ONLY accept technician-specific CEs in order to be eligible for recertification. CE programs intended for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will have an identical Universal Activity Number with a target audience designator of either "P" or "T" as the last digit. In 2015 and beyond, PTCB does not accept CE that is not pharmacy-technician specific. If you have already earned CE that is pharmacist-specific (P-specific), PTCB recommends checking with your CE provider to see if the provider offers an equivalent course listed with a T-specific designation. For questions of concerns view the PTCB Changes in Recertification Requirements Fact Sheet.
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AzPA Immunization Certificate Program Nov. 20: Seats are limited!
AzPA
Due to popular demand, AzPA just scheduled an Immunization Certificate Program for Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Association Office in Tempe. This educational program provides pharmacists and student pharmacists with the skills necessary to become primary sources for vaccine advocacy, education and administration. The program reviews the basics of immunology, identifies legal and regulatory issues pharmacists must consider before starting an immunization program, and focuses on practice implementation. But hurry, seats are limited. Register today!
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Ebola: Resources for healthcare workers
AzPA
AzPA has a resource page to keep you informed on Ebola safety protocols. View fact sheets and toolkits from the Center for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services, World Health Organization, American Hospital Association and the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. Visit the resource page today!
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There's still time to register: AzPA Fall Conference & Certificates
AzPA
Join AzPA in Phoenix the second week of November for pharmacy education. On Friday Nov. 14, become an educator in either Diabetes Care or Psychiatric care through our Certificate Programs. Then, Saturday, Nov. 15, attend a day of CE sessions to enhance your clinical skills in Medication Management, Parkinson's Disease and more. Technicians: We have Technician-specific CEs for you, as required by the 2015 PTCB mandates. Hurry, registration closes Nov. 7!
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The Arizona Health Workforce Survey
AzPA
The University of Arizona College of Public Health is conducting a survey with the support of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, Arizona Pharmacy Association, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and Midwestern College of Pharmacy. The results from this study will provide actionable information to improve the training, recruitment and retention. This confidential survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation is crucial to get an accurate understanding of pharmacist practice in Arizona. Your responses will be reported in the aggregate to assure confidentiality. Please take the time to complete the survey; your time is greatly appreciated. Click here to take the survey.
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Date Event More Information
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


Arizona's 1st case of enterovirus D68 confirmed
The Republic
Arizona public-health officials said lab tests have confirmed the state's first case of a viral strain that triggers potentially severe respiratory illness in children. State health officials said the child who tested positive for enterovirus D68 is now healthy, but provided no other details such as age, gender or where in Arizona the child lives.
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3-D printing may make individualized medicine more affordable
Medical News Today
The latest innovation in medical 3-D printing is a 3-D printer that could one day make customized medicines on demand, currently under development by the University of Central Lancashire in Preston in the U.K. The University of Central Lancashire team says that the machine — which is awaiting a patent application — can print a tablet with a precise quantity of medicine that can be taken by a patient.
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Automated flu vaccination tracking increases immunization rates
Pharmacy Times
Tracking influenza vaccination among health care personnel through an automated system enhances their immunization compliance while reducing their administrative burden, a study published in the November 2014 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology suggests.
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IN THE NEWS


Official: New York doctor with Ebola 'looks better'
NBC News
Dr. Craig Spencer, who is being treated for Ebola in Manhattan after becoming New York's first resident to be diagnosed with the deadly virus, is in serious but stable condition and looks better, a hospital official said.
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How high can I price my drug?
By Mike Wokasch
High drug prices — especially for life-saving or life-enhancing specialty drugs — continue to attract media attention in the U.S. prescription drug market. News outlets often highlight patients lacking adequate prescription drug coverage who have been financially crippled by the cost of their prescriptions. In an attempt to justify these high prices, PhRMA continues its mantra of "high cost and high risk of research" rationale. The reality is that drug companies spend a lot of time and money trying to figure out where best to price their drugs.
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Cigarette purchases accompany prescription refills at pharmacies
Medical News Today
Patients using medication to treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or high blood pressure and using oral contraceptives often purchased cigarettes while filling prescriptions at pharmacies. Smoking cigarettes can make managing a chronic disease more difficult. Visiting a pharmacy to fill a prescription can be a chance to buy cigarettes.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


Analgesics drive medication-overuse headaches
Pharmacy Practice News
After conducting a systematic literature review and analysis, researchers found that analgesics were associated with a significantly higher risk for medication-overuse headache than triptans, ergotamines or opioids. Analgesic-use rates in patients with episodic migraine ranged from 22 to 54 percent across seven European countries, whereas rates for triptans varied from 7.9 to 29.1 percent and rates for ergotamines from 3.8 to 20 percent. The overall prevalence of opioid use was 4.1 percent.
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Seasonal affective disorder: Established treatments and new therapies
Pharmacy Times
Seasonal affective disorder is recognized as a type of depression that occurs in the affected population on a recurring annual basis. It was first described by Rosenthal and colleagues in 1984 and identified as a syndrome associated with depressive symptoms that reoccur during fall and winter, with full remission in spring and summer.
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Special cocoa drink may improve age-related memory loss
HealthDay News
A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests. After three months of consuming the special cocoa concoction, someone with the typical memory of a 60-year-old improved their memory to that of a 30- or 40-year-old, the researchers reported.
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FDA orders seizure of opioidlike botanical
Pharmacy Practice News
The botanical kratom was marketed with drug claims; now it appears that the demand for the substance may be druglike as well. The recent seizure of a massive amount of kratom — which is claimed by online vendors to have opioidlike analgesic effects, as well as psychoactive properties — by U.S marshals paints a vivid picture of the growing danger it represents. The marshals, acting under direction of the FDA, seized 500 cartons of kratom bottles, weighing 25,000 pounds and worth an estimated $5 million, from Rosefield Management of Van Nuys, California, in September.
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