Arizona Pharmacy Flash
Nov. 20, 2012

Excessive acetaminophen dosing too common in hospitals
Medscape News
Supratherapeutic amounts of acetaminophen were given to at least 4 percent of adult inpatients studied, according to a retrospective review of the electronic medical records of 14,000 patients treated in two hospitals during a three-month period. Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used medications for relieving pain and reducing fever, but it is also the most common cause of acute liver failure, the study authors note.More

NEW! AzPA Psychiatric Certificate Program
Assessing, Monitoring, and Managing Patients with Psychiatric Disorders: Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management to Optimize Pharmaceutical Care Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

Program Description: The Psychiatric Certificate Program (PCP) is a practice-based activity designed for pharmacists in all practice settings. The intent of this training program is to provide additional training in the area of psychiatric pharmacy to enhance pharmacists’ clinical knowledge that can be applied directly to the patients they serve. Learn more.More

Update on use of Tamper Resistant Prescription Pads
AHCCCS has provided additional guidance regarding the required use of Tamper Resistant Prescription Pads. Please access the memo dated Nov. 8, 2012 here. More

Shop and support AzPA
The next time you shop on, visit the AzPA website first and click on the portal on the home page. When you enter through the AzPA website, a portion of your total purchases will come back to AzPA. Bookmark this link.More

Inaugural Southwest Pharmacy Symposium: Become a Pharmacy A.C.E.
Presented by the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation and Pharmacists Assisting Pharmacists of Arizona
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
This day-long event features continuing education programs to prepare pharmacy professionals to advocate for patients; communicate and educate the public on the proper use of medications; and develop and participate in community outreach programs. More

Not an AzPA member? Join today
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

Holiday shopping is upon us
Remember to purchase your gift cards through AzPA and support pharmacy education in Arizona. Learn more.


Fully automated pharmacy marks grand opening
Dayton Daily News
A state-of-the-art automated pharmacy aims to improve safety, cut costs and improve efficiency for long-term care facility residents in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The pharmacy uses robotic technology to dispense daily medication regimens for residents of more than 120 long-term care facilities, said Michael Bronfein, chairman, president and CEO of Remedi SeniorCare.More

Pharmacist intervention improves knee osteoarthritis diagnosis and treatment
Pharmacy Times
A collaborative care approach launched by pharmacists can help identify patients with knee osteoarthritis, encourage them to initiate treatment, and improve their joint function and quality of life, according to the results of a study published online in Arthritis Care & Research. The study included participants recruited by pharmacists in 32 pharmacies in Canada. All participants were aged 50 years or older, overweight, inactive and experiencing pain, aching or stiffness in or around the knees most days. Those with a history of osteoarthritis in other joints, recent knee injury, knee X-rays within the past two years and those with gout, fibromyalgia or other joint inflammations were excluded from the study.More

Meningitis outbreak challenges hospital pharmacies
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Pharmacists involved in the care of patients with fungal meningitis say both clinical and administrative issues are important in the response to the outbreak. Before the infections were linked to tainted injectable medications made by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., no one knew what was making the patients sick. "Initially, just trying to figure out what was wrong with these patients — that was really the hard time," said Mark Sullivan, director of pharmacy operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. More

Many women drop asthma medication during pregnancy
Pharmacy Times
Many women stop taking medication to control their asthma early in pregnancy despite potential health risks, according to the results of a study published online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Among the dangers of poor asthma control during pregnancy are preeclampsia, preterm delivery, and low birth weight.More

Training pharmacy technicians for the future
Pharmacy Practice News
Change is inevitable in the healthcare field and it seems as if we are seeing it occur more quickly recently, especially with the rapid development and implementation of technology, according to Melissa Furman, a clinical pharmacist. The implementation of automation means expanded roles for technicians. Automation promotes safety and accuracy, and when used properly, it can save valuable time, freeing up technicians to work in other areas of patient care and enabling pharmacists to act as direct care providers. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative cites technicians as a cornerstone of the future of pharmacy practice and recommends increased educational requirements for technicians in the future. To meet these goals and to prepare technicians for these expanded roles, education is essential, but how do we best teach technicians and what are the real-world benefits afforded?More

Probiotics cut antibiotic-associated C diff diarrhea by 66 percent
Medscape News
A meta-analysis of 20 trials covering 3,800 participants found probiotics were associated with a 66 percent reduction in the incidence of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea, according to a study published online in Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bradley C. Johnston, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, and colleagues say the study provides "moderate-quality evidence" favoring probiotic prophylaxis during antibiotic treatment. More

FDA panel wants more info about hepatitis B vaccine
MedPage Today
An FDA advisory committee recently voted 13-1 in support of the efficacy of a hepatitis B vaccine but questioned its safety and lack of information on its effects among certain minorities. The Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee voted 5-8, with one abstention, against the safety of Heplisav in adults aged 18 to 70.More

FDA delays exclusivity decision on Amarin's Vascepa
The Wall Street Journal
The Food and Drug Administration again delayed a decision on the exclusivity status of Amarin Corp.'s prescription fish-oil cholesterol pill Vascepa, continuing its silence on an issue that has clouded the company's prospects of finding a partner or a buyer. Regulators in July approved Vascepa for patients with elevated blood-fat levels but left undecided whether the drug should be deemed a "new chemical entity" because it has some similarity to a pill already on the market from GlaxoSmithKline PLC. More