AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Jan. 1, 2014

Pharmacists, you own your career — Part I
By Jason Poquette
From June 26: Jason Poquette, R.Ph., writes: "One of the many things they don't teach very well in pharmacy school is career management. Don't misunderstand me. That wasn't a bitter jab at pharmacy schools or the professors who often give 150 percent of themselves, investing untold hours above and beyond the call of duty into the lives and careers of their students. But every professional program has its limits."More

Owning your career Part III — Begin with the end, then TSSD
By Jason Poquette
From July 1: Jason Poquette, R.Ph., writes: "I have been writing a series of posts on career management for pharmacists. I am doing so, not because I consider myself the know-it-all of pharmacy careers. I'm not. I do however, like you, know something about this subject. I have been a pharmacist for 20 years; nearly 30 if I am allowed to count my years as a pharmacy tech and then intern while attending pharmacy school. But more importantly, I have been able to do what I have wanted to do in my own career, and this has been the result of embracing the principles I'm writing about. By the way, the things I'm suggesting are not rocket science. Nor are they restricted to just pharmacists. When embraced and applied, I believe they will help just about anyone improve their career situation, allowing them to get the job they want or the independence they long for."More

Pfizer sells Viagra online — Should pharmacies worry?
By Jason Poquette
From May 14: A little blue bomb dropped on the pharmacy community recently. Pfizer, the U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturer of Viagra for erectile dysfunction, has launched a service dedicated to filling prescriptions for Viagra safely and discreetly, mailing it directly to consumers who never need to step foot into an actual pharmacy. So what is the driving force behind this issue? There are actually at least three things going on at once that led to Pfizer initiating this tactic.More

Pharmacists: You impact more than you realize
By Anisa Shivji
From Nov. 13: Anisa Shivji, a pharmacist who earned her pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 2008, writes: "I have been a teacher for a few years now and have watched all my students become overwhelmed and frustrated with the stress that accompanies community pharmacy. As I watch their blood silently boil, I fear that in a few years, they will all detest their jobs. In the pressure-cooker environment of a community pharmacy setting, it is hard to find a reason to keep helping, to keep smiling, to keep trying and to keep caring. Below is a depiction based on a real event on Oct. 8, which made me realize pharmacists still have moments of impact."More

Pharmacists, you own your career — Part II
By Jason Poquette
From July 3: Pharmacists: You're a business. Really you are. That's simply another way to understanding the concept of "owning your own career." And just as a business without any customers will fail, so you also need a steady flow of "customers." What I'm talking about is networking, and in this article I want to commend the practice of networking to pharmacists. The concept of networking is often misunderstood or misrepresented. Networking is not simply the process of seeing how many names you can collect in your address book.More

Food for thought: How are you perceived professionally?
By Karen Childress
From Oct. 16: How you are perceived as a healthcare professional makes a difference. Fair or not, we’re all judged based on how we present ourselves. Being perceived professionally goes way beyond the wardrobe we choose, however. In many cases, how we are viewed by others is based on more subtle factors. Here are a few items that can impact what others think about you as a professional.More

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.More

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.More

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. More

Nursing role in medication errors
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
From July 24: In the healthcare setting, pharmacological or drug interventions are designed to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes for a variety of patients while minimizing or preventing the development of adverse drug reactions. Thousands of deaths and millions of hospitalizations have been reported as a result of medication errors, and in turn, medication errors have become the focus of considerable research with great attention being placed on nursing. The administration of medication is recognized as a fundamental aspect of the nursing role because it can be associated with considerable risks.More

Using laser and nanotechnology in the fight against superbugs
By Dorothy L. Tengler
From Aug. 7: Once antibiotic resistance has been established, it can evolve rapidly because bacteria multiply quickly. So, what can we do to prevent antibiotic resistance? Using antibiotics less frequently is a start, but researchers are helping, too. Thanks to laser and optical technology, a team of physicists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have built a matchbox-size device that can test for the presence of bacteria in minutes by exploiting the movements of the bacterium's metabolism.More

New hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment
By Rosemary Sparacio
From June 12: Hepatitis C, a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus, can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to liver diseases, which can become apparent after many years. Several new options are emerging that could change the way hepatitis C is treated.More

Hazardous drugs and worker safety: Emerging regulations
By Matthew D. Zock
From May 7: California recently introduced Assembly Bill 1202 that would require its state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to promulgate a standard for hazardous drugs, which includes antineoplastic agents or "chemotherapy." If enacted, California will become the second state to regulate hazardous drug handling in the workplace, as the state of Washington passed a similar bill in 2011 that required its Department of Labor and Industries to adopt a hazardous drugs rule.More