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AzPA member Leal points the way forward to provider status
American Pharmacists Association
Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, always had a vision of pharmacists being an accessible primary care provider. Growing up in the border town of Nogales, Ariz., Leal received her primary care at a pharmacy in Mexico, where her family could find a Spanish-speaking provider.
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HR 3204 — Drug Quality and Security Act passes Senate
AzPA
The U.S. Senate recently closed debate and took a voice vote on HR 3204 — the Drug Quality and Security Act. Pending President Barack Obama's signature, the bill will then become law and the drafting of regulations will begin.
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Bowl of Hygeia challenge seeks to sustain recognition of pharmacists' service to their community
AzPA
Since the 1950s, the Bowl of Hygeia has been a nationally recognized symbol of the unique contributions that pharmacists make to their communities.
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Free law CE program
AzPA
Date: Dec. 9
Time: 10 a.m.
Location:
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1616 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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The holidays are just around the corner ...
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The holidays are coming quickly! Purchase your gift cards from the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation and support pharmacy education.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Denying the shot: Preventing prescription abuse at the pharmacy
By Jason Poquette
Jason, Poquette, pharmacist who graduated from University of Connecticut, writes: "As pharmacists we sometimes have to take a hockey goalie's approach to prescriptions we are asked to fill. Like my son's slapshots, they must be denied. Sometimes I feel bad about this. There are patients that have real problems with abusing medications. For some of them, there is nothing they would like more than to stop abusing. But they're addicted, and the addicted mind doesn't always respond in calm, rational, logical ways to problems. We're "guarding the net," which in this case is both the patient's health and our professional and legal responsibilities as pharmacists. But unlike when I play driveway hockey with my son, this isn't always fun."
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Pharmacists increasingly use social media for job search
Pharmacy Times
Pharmacists have increased their use of social media to find jobs in recent years and are more likely to use social media as part of a job search than other groups of healthcare professionals, according to the results of a new report.
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Some doctors challenge new statin guidelines
HealthDay News
A new online cholesterol risk calculator produced by two leading U.S. heart organizations is flawed and overstates a person's risk of heart disease, a pair of Harvard Medical School professors say. The professors contend that this flaw could lead the calculator to mistakenly suggest that millions of people should be taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, The New York Times reported Monday.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Pharmacists: You impact more than you realize (By Anisa Shivji)
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Cough, cold medicines harming fewer infants, toddlers (Medscape)
Health overhaul debate snags Senate pharmacy bill (The Associated Press via Boston Herald)
Opioids prove effective for restless legs syndrome (Medscape)
Capitol Hill health fair: Please contact your legislators in Washington, DC (Pharmacist.com via AzPA)

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IN THE NEWS


North Carolina innovates with pharmacists in medical homes
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The patient-centered medical home model of care is a hot spot for pharmacy innovation in North Carolina, where pharmacy educators are working to create expectations among clinicians that pharmacists belong on patient care teams.
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Link between geographic patterns and death rates in US drug poisonings
Medical News Today
A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine gives new insight into the geographic variation in drug poisoning mortality, with both urban centers and rural areas showing a large increase in death rates. While previous studies have looked at drug poisoning related deaths in broad strokes, this is the first study to examine them on the county level across the entire U.S.
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Could vaccines someday improve heart health?
HealthDay News
People routinely get vaccinations to ward off the flu or prevent infectious diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. Could there be a vaccine in the future that would prevent a heart attack?
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Pharmacists increasingly use social media for job search
Pharmacy Times
Pharmacists have increased their use of social media to find jobs in recent years and are more likely to use social media as part of a job search than other groups of healthcare professionals, according to the results of a new report.

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FDA move to restrict hydrocodone products could harm patients
National Community Pharmacists Association
NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey issued a statement in response to news that the FDA is moving to reschedule hydrocodone-containing products from Schedule III to Schedule II.

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Pharmacists: You impact more than you realize
By Anisa Shivji
Anisa Shivji writes: "I have been a teacher for a few years now and have watched all my students become overwhelmed and frustrated with the stress that accompanies community pharmacy."

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Princeton plans to offer imported vaccine to stop meningitis outbreak
Reuters
Princeton University said it planned to offer students and faculty a meningitis vaccine approved for use in Europe and Australia but not yet in the United States, in an effort to stop an outbreak of meningitis on its Ivy League campus. The FDA agreed to the importation of the vaccine for use on the campus to inoculate students against a strain of the disease, serogroup B, that has sickened seven people this year.
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AAP releases new principles for URI antibiotics
Medscape
Effective use of antibiotics to treat pediatric upper respiratory tract infections rests on three basic principles: accurate diagnosis, consideration of risks versus benefits and recognizing when antibiotics may be contraindicated, according to a clinical report by the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Many nonsurgical hospital patients receive opioids
Pharmacy Times
More than half of patients hospitalized for reasons other than surgery are given opioid painkillers, frequently at high doses, according to the results of a study that included more than 1 million admissions in 2009 and 2010.
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Anti-parasite drugs may treat cancer, immune diseases
Medical News Today
U.S. researchers have discovered that by modifying a long-standing drug used to treat serious parasitic diseases like malaria, they could get it to affect human proteins in a way that looks promising for the treatment of cancer and immune-related diseases.
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