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Feb. 19, 2013

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CPNP 16th Annual Meeting
Elevating to New Heights in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacy
April 21-24 — Colorado Springs, Colo.

Plan now to attend the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, the premier conference on neuropsychopharmacology. Offering cutting-edge information and tools, this conference is ideal for the pharmacist, physician, nurse practitioner or other healthcare professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurologic patients.More

Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program
Date: April 5
The 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.More

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Not an AzPA member? Join the only statewide association representing all pharmacy professionals in all pharmacy practice settings. With over 1,500 members, we are a leading association of pharmacists spreading the news and events of our industry.More

Houston hospital employs pharmacist-managed anti-coagulation therapy
By Abimbola Farinde
In the last two years, the topic of patient safety has placed a spotlight on anti-coagulation therapy management. In the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Department of Pharmacy, clinical pharmacists who are trained in anti-coagulation therapy can be consulted prior to the initiation of most anti-coagulation therapies. Prior to the adoption of an anti-coagulation therapy policy at the Houston hospital, the initiation and continuous monitoring of anti-coagulation therapy was performed by the attending physicians.More

A brief review: Complementary and alternative therapies for mental disorders
By Abimbola Farinde
In the clinical practice setting, clinicians may be more inclined to use pharmacotherapy when it comes to different types of mental disorders. But there is reason to believe that the use of complementary and alternative therapies or interventions can be utilized in individuals with psychiatric disorders when compared to the general population. There are situations where a client may not require pharmacotherapy to alleviate some of the symptoms of their anxiety or depression, and generally these symptoms tend to be mild to moderate symptoms.More

Medication reconciliation in a snap
Pharmacy Practice News
Patients who show up at the hospital with handfuls of pills or lists of scrawled drug regimens pose an all-too-common challenge to pharmacists tasked with performing medication reconciliation. Fortunately, one new product may make this headache a bit less painful.More

How can stimulant abuse by college students be deterred?
When today's teenagers are asking for "Skippy" or "pineapples," they are not necessarily asking for peanut butter or fruit. These are two commonly used street names for the central nervous system stimulant methylphenidate. This is part of a progressive trend in abuse and misuse by adolescents, teenagers, and adults of prescription medications historically used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.More

Hospital claims a 1st — IV prep and HER integration
Pharmacy Practice News
The process of preparing and administering IV medications was not as efficient or as safe as WellSpan Health wanted it to be back in 2009. There were many issues, but the crux of the problem was that pharmacy staff charged with IV infusion preparation had little control over the manual production process, and nurses had little to no insight into how pharmacy managed the medications. That disconnect caused frequent disruptions in workflow, raised additional efficiency concerns, and perhaps most importantly raised the risk for drug administration errors, according to Chip Gerhart, RPh, the medication safety officer at WellSpan York Hospital.More

FDA: No more enforcement discretion with compounding pharmacies
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The FDA recently signaled that the agency will stop exercising "enforcement discretion" toward companies that compound large volumes of sterile drug preparations and distribute them to healthcare facilities without receiving patient-specific prescriptions. In a letter to PharMEDium Services LLC, the director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research stated that the agency would no longer accept the company's approach to linking a patient to a compounded drug.More

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Study: Psychiatric meds in water supply may alter fish behavior
HealthDay News
Small amounts of mood-altering drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders that are making their way into rivers and streams may be changing the behavior of some fish, a new study suggests. Researchers in Sweden found exposure to the anti-anxiety drug, Oxazepam, caused fish to become bolder, less social and eat faster.More

Halting unsafe injection practices still a challenge
Pharmacy Practice News
An infection spread by unsafe injection practices can happen anywhere. In 2008, it happened at an endoscopy clinic in Las Vegas. When a patient infected with hepatitis C was injected with propofol from a single-dose vial, backflow contaminated the syringe. Nurses reused the syringe to draw additional medication from the vial after replacing the needle. By placing the reused syringe in contact with the vial, they contaminated the vial. The routine reuse of single-dose vials for multiple patients resulted in an outbreak of hepatitis C.More

More Americans successfully managing diabetes
HealthDay News
A couple of decades ago, only 2 percent of people with any type of diabetes met or exceeded the three measures of good diabetes management. By 2010, that number had risen to 19 percent, according to new government research. These measures of good diabetes management are average blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. When researchers looked at each measure independently, more than half of people in the study met individual measures. More

Informatics group sees role for pharmacy in insurance exchanges
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Pharmacy informatics proponents want to ensure that the profession is recognized as an essential part of federal and state efforts to establish health insurance exchanges. An important way to do this, according to the Pharmacy e-Health Information Technology Collaborative, is for health insurance exchange participants to incorporate clinical data from electronic health records into quality measures that now rely on claims-based data. More

3 drugs added to FDA watch list
The Food and Drug Administration has added three drugs to its list of products to monitor because of possible signs of serious risks or new safety information. The FDA also put an over-the-counter sunscreen — which was voluntarily pulled from the market — on its watch list.More

Equipping public with nasal naloxone leads to fewer overdose deaths
Pharmacy Times
Programs in which members of the public are educated on how to administer nasal naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdose, are associated with a significant reduction in the rate of death from opioid overdose, according to the results of a study published in BMJ. At least 50,000 people have received training in overdose education and naloxone distribution programs since 1996, reportedly resulting in more than 10,000 rescues in cases of opioid overdose.More