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As 2013 comes to a close, the editors of AzPA Pharmacy Flash would like to wish the industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


PHARMACY UPDATES

FDA move to restrict hydrocodone products could harm patients
National Community Pharmacists Association
From Oct. 30: National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey issued a statement in response to news that the Food and Drug Administration is moving to reschedule Vicodin and other hydrocodone-containing products from Schedule III to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.
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FDA warns of rare but serious skin reactions with acetaminophen
Pharmacy Practice News
From Aug. 7: Acetaminophen carries the risk for rare but serious and potentially fatal skin reactions, the FDA warned Aug. 1. The risk is present both in prescription and over-the-counter products containing the pain reliever and fever reducer, whether it is the single active ingredient or is combined with other medications.
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The uneven justice in 2 similar drug cases
MarketWatch
From June 19: Small-town pharmacist Robert McNeese was sentenced to more than five years in prison earlier this month. His crime: illegally dispensing oxycodone. Walgreen Co., the nation's largest pharmacy chain, agreed to pay $80 million to settle allegations it mishandled the same widely abused narcotic, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced.
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Bedtime aspirin may be more beneficial for heart patients
Pharmacy Times
From Dec. 4: Aspirin may offer better protection against adverse events in cardiovascular disease patients when taken at night than when taken in the morning, new research suggests.
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Pharmacy schools turning out too many grads
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
From Oct. 30: For pharmacists, the salad days were just a decade ago, a time when a young man or woman newly in possession of a pharmacy doctorate could find a job in any state, working flexible hours, for handsome pay. And if the pay wasn't handsome enough, he or she could pick up and move from a more saturated city like Pittsburgh — which has two pharmacy schools — to someplace in where druggists were in critically short supply and higher demand. Six-figure salaries, $30,000 signing bonuses, even new cars, weren't uncommon.
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Antibiotics recommended for all toddlers with ear infections
Pharmacy Times
From Sept. 25: In a research letter published online in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers recommend that all children aged 6 months to 2 years diagnosed with acute otitis media be treated with antibiotics, despite recent guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommend otherwise.
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Pediatricians urged to prescribe antibiotics carefully
Pharmacy Times
According to a new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescribers and parents should think twice before using antibiotics to treat upper respiratory tract infections in children.

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FDA introduces plan, proposed rule for drug shortages
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The FDA recently rolled out a strategic plan and a proposed rule that are meant to avert drug shortages and lessen the effects of shortages when they do occur.

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Bedtime aspirin may be more beneficial for heart patients
Pharmacy Times
Aspirin may offer better protection against adverse events in cardiovascular disease patients when taken at night than when taken in the morning, new research suggests.

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CVS bans doctors 'over-prescribing' pain meds
Drug Topics
From Sept. 4: In response to the federal crackdown on prescription fraud, CVS Caremark has told physicians it believes over prescribe controlled substances to take their business elsewhere.
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Valid picture ID card a barrier for Plan B contraception
United Press International
From May 7: The Obama administration's age and identification restrictions are barriers to emergency contraception access, a U.S.nonprofit group says. The FDA approved over-the-counter access for the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step for women 15 and older with identification. The medication would be available on store shelves instead of behind the counter with a pharmacist but only in stores with an on-site pharmacy. Teens younger than age 15 would still need a prescription.
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PTCB plans major update to certification requirements
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
From April 2: The group that has certified nearly 500,000 pharmacy technicians is introducing new requirements to the process of obtaining and maintaining the certified pharmacy technician credential. "What we're doing here is raising the bar," said Everett McAllister, executive director and chief executive officer of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. "The goal is to always focus on the patients. That's always the ultimate goal."
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Tylenol can ease anxiety over fear of dying
Medical News Today
From April 23: An over-the-counter pain reliever can also be used to deal with existential worry — anxiety that comes from thinking about death — according to new research from the University of British Columbia. The finding was published in the journal Psychological Science, and revealed that acetaminophen or Tylenol, which is generally used to relieve minor aches or fever, can also decrease emotional pain felt when thinking about death or the uncertainty of life.
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