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Earn up to 12 CPEs: Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar Feb. 21-22
AzPA
Attend sessions on drug updates, medication adherence, pharmacy law and more in Tucson with AzPA. Full schedule coming soon. Save $35 with early bird pricing ending Jan. 16. Don't wait!
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Become Certified in Anticoagulation Management: Feb. 20
AzPA
Attend a comprehensive Anticoagulation Certificate program, in Tucson this February. The program is designed to provide pharmacists with the basic knowledge to care for patients taking anticoagulation therapies. Earn 22 hours of continuing education credit. Early bird pricing ends Jan. 16. Register today!
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Give a gift card to support pharmacy education
AzPA
Don't know what to get a friend/family member for the holidays? You can never go wrong purchasing credit to their favorite retail store or restaurant. We can help! Take a look at our list of gift cards www.azpharmacy.org/giftcard and give the AzPA Office a call with your purchase order 480.838.3385. The stores on our list have agreed to give a percentage of sales to the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation to support pharmacy education.
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Shopping Online? Support APF
AzPA
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? You can always find cool stuff online ... and better yet you can help your favorite nonprofit while shopping. Go to smile.amazon.com and type in Arizona Pharmacy Foundation to support pharmacy education. Amazon will donate a percentage of your eligible sales to APF. It's that simple! Happy shopping!
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PTCB reminder: Continuing education requirements for recertification are changing
AzPA
Any continuing education hours earned by a Certified Pharmacy Technician on or after Jan. 1 will need to be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter to count toward recertification. This new requirement will not apply to CE hours completed on or before Dec. 31. For example, if a CPhT is due to recertify in November 2015, he or she may have already completed some CE hours during 2013 or 2014, and plans to complete the remaining ones during 2015. PTCB will accept any CE hours completed before Dec. 31, 2014 that are pharmacy-related and acceptable under PTCB's current recertification policy. PTCB will not accept CE programs completed in 2015 or later that are not pharmacy technician-specific.

Example scenarios for CPhTs:
  • You complete 15 hours of CE before Dec. 31, 2014. Some of these hours are not pharmacy technician-specific. These hours do not present a problem and can be submitted. However, your remaining 5 CE hours to be completed in 2015 will need to be pharmacy technician-specific.
  • You complete all 20 CE hours before Dec. 31, 2014. You do not need to do anything else, even if some of your CE hours are not pharmacy technician-specific.
  • You do not complete any CE hours before 2015. All of your CE hours will need to be pharmacy technician-specific.
In addition to this change, beginning in 2015, PTCB will reduce the number of allowable CE hours earned through in-service training from 10 to five. The updated requirements are part of a set of Certification Program changes announced by PTCB in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification. The revised requirements are meant to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs that are specific to the demands placed on CPhTs in today's pharmacy settings.

View the fact sheet for CPhTs on CE requirement changes in 2015.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


Date Event More Information
Feb. 20 Anticoagulation Certificate Program 2015 Details
Feb. 21-22 Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar Details



PHARMACY UPDATES


Automated drug-refill reminders increase adherence rates
By Jennifer S. O'Reilly
Automated drug-refill reminders are everywhere — from a phone call that reminds CVS patients to pick up their medications to texts sent to patients' smartphones from Wal-Mart Pharmacy. A recent study on drug-refill reminders found that adherence rates improved by 2 percent with reminders. This may sound like nothing, but small changes in whether people are taking their meds are a plus, the study's researchers say.
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Provider status bill on track for 2015
Pharmacy Practice News
Provider status is the single most important legislative issue confronting members of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists moving into 2015, Joseph Hill, the director of federal legislative affairs, told Pharmacy Practice News at the group's 2014 Midyear Clinical Meeting.
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Many Americans still haven't gotten a flu shot
HealthDay News
Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said. Worse, some people are thinking about skipping this year's flu shot, based on reports that the vaccine could provide only partial protection against what has been the predominant influenza strain this season, doctors said.
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IN THE NEWS


Study cures 9 of 10 early-stage Alzheimer's patients
By Lauren Swan
Alzheimer's is one of the most feared diseases in the U.S., and for good reason. It is the sixth-leading cause of death and affects approximately 5 million Americans per year. Alzheimer's is an unforgiving illness and has always been a hopeless situation for patients, who are completely aware of what will happen to them, and all they can do is wait. However, hope may be on the horizon as the results of a small study out of UCLA are extremely encouraging.
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The future of pharmacy medication kit storage
Pharmacy Times
Did you know that one of the Joint Commission's most common citations for noncompliance is Medication Storage? Data from 2011 showed noncompliance in this area is 33 percent. Keeping up with proper medication storage and removing expired medications are critical for hospitals seeking accreditation from the Joint Commission. In addition, drug shortages and recalls have complicated maintaining medication kits in the hospital setting.
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Study: Poor sperm quality may signal health issues
HealthDay News
Defects in sperm within semen may be linked to a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and skin and glandular disorders, a new study suggests. The defects probably don't cause these problems. It's more likely that semen quality reflects overall health, the researchers said.
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Preventing catheter infections
Pharmacy Practice News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified central line-associated bloodstream infections as the third leading health care-associated infection.
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MEDICATION UPDATES


FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by 5 more types of HPV
Pharmacy Times
The FDA today approved the human papillomavirus 9-valent vaccine recombinant — Gardasil 9 — for the prevention of 5 more types of HPV than the previously approved Gardasil, according to an FDA press release. According to the FDA, Gardasil 9 can potentially prevent around 90 percent of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers.
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Half of English women are taking prescribed medicines
Medical News Today
Results published Dec. 10 in the latest Health Survey for England show that 50 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported taking at least one prescribed medicine in the past week. Twenty-two percent of men and 24 percent of women reported taking at least three prescribed medicines in the past week.
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