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Happy Thanksgiving!
AzPA
The AzPA Office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of the holiday.
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APhA Diabetes Certificate Training Program
AzPA
Date: Jan. 24
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program is an innovative and intensive certificate program that focuses on the pharmacist's role in the area of diabetes management. The program, which emphasizes a healthcare team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of pharmaceutical care interventions that will promote disease self-management.

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Free law CE program
AzPA
Date: Dec. 9
Time: 10 a.m.
Location:
Arizona State Board of Pharmacy
1616 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Save the date — 2014 Southwest Pharmacy Symposium
AzPA


Date: Feb. 22
Presented by the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation

This symposium plans to offer 6.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE credit for these programs has been applied for. Please refer to the final CPE announcement for specific details.

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The holidays are just around the corner ...
AzPA



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

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PHARMACY UPDATES


Will we all be on statins soon?
By Jason Poquette
The sky is falling. The statins are coming. At least that's what some folks are saying. According to some interpretations of the latest recommendations issued by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, we'll all be on statins before you know it. What's new in these recommendations is the shift in focus from merely looking at LDL — also known as bad cholesterol — numbers, to a total evaluation of the patient's health and medical situation. The point of tension appears to be skepticism over the true benefit of statins for these new groups, leading to a "vast increase" in unnecessary prescriptions being written.
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Industry pulse: Will the new statin guidelines lead to a flood of unnecessary prescriptions?
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Regulators shouldn't undermine preferred pharmacies
The Hill
Medicare Part D is the rare program that is affordable for both consumers and the federal government. Preferred pharmacy networks, which reduce costs, are a key contributor to the program's overall success as these networks sift out drugstores that demand higher rates than nearby competitors. Unfortunately, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are considering regulating drug plans' ability to create networks of preferred pharmacies.
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Teen vaccinations may prevent whooping cough hospitalization in infants
Pharmacy Times
Hospitalization rates of infants due to whooping cough were generally significantly lower after recommendations were expanded to advise all adolescents to receive the Tdap vaccine.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Denying the shot: Preventing prescription abuse at the pharmacy (By Jason Poquette)

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IN THE NEWS


Study links low melatonin with postop delirium
Pharmacy Practice News
Patients in the ICU with postoperative delirium have lower melatonin levels in the hour following surgery than those who do not experience this complication, findings from a small Japanese study suggest.
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HPV vaccine coverage lower in the South
Pharmacy Times
Rates of vaccination against the human papillomavirus in young women are lowest in the South compared with other regions of the United States, a new study finds. These results are of particular concern since the South also has the highest rates of cervical cancer in the country.
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Compounding pharmacy bill might not make drugs safer
ABC News
Most Americans had never heard of compounding pharmacies until the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center was blamed for making tainted steroid injections that killed 64 people and sickened about 700 others in a fungal outbreak in 20 states. Recently, Congress passed legislation for stricter regulations on them to prevent repeat of what officials have called the "largest documented healthcare-related outbreak in the United States."
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Food-allergic kids need current epi script
Medscape
Just 30 percent of food-allergic children presenting to a pediatric outpatient clinic have a current prescription for an epinephrine autoinjector, with far fewer having chart documentation of how to administer it, according to a new study.

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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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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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MEDICATION UPDATES


H5N1 bird flu vaccine approved
HealthDay News
A new vaccine has been approved by the U.S. FDA to prevent the so-called bird flu virus in adults at greater-than-average risk of exposure, the FDA said.
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Food-allergic kids need current epi script
Medscape
Just 30 percent of food-allergic children presenting to a pediatric outpatient clinic have a current prescription for an epinephrine autoinjector, with far fewer having chart documentation of how to administer it, according to a new study.
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Opioid prodrugs aim to reduce likelihood of abuse
Pharmacy Practice News
Researchers at the pharmaceutical company Signature Therapeutics have developed opioid prodrugs that may decrease the potential for abuse. Prodrugs of hydrocodone, oxycodone and hydromorphone released their parent opioids when given orally but were inactive following IV administration in rats.
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Study: Kids hospitalized for flu need antiviral meds right away
HealthDay News
Kids near death because of severe flu infection have a better chance of survival if they are given antiviral medications early in their treatment, researchers say. Children treated with antiviral drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors within the first 48 hours of serious flu symptoms developing are significantly more likely to survive, according to a study.
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