AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Jan. 29, 2014

Registration now open for the Arizona Pharmacy Symposium presented by the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation and sponsored by Cardinal Health
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Date: Feb. 22
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Pharmacy Day at the State Capitol — PD@C Feb. 12
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New this year! Free law CE: Grassroots Involvement in the Policymaking ProcessMore

AzPA Psychiatric Certificate Program — Assessing, Monitoring, and Managing Patients with Psychiatric Disorders
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Date: March 7
Location: Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, Ariz.
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47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar — March 7-9
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We are pleased to announce a partnership with The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the Arizona Pharmacy Association in offering the 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar.


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Drug information education for practicing physicians: Part II
By Mike Wokasch
Mike Wokasch, a 30-year pharmaceutical industry veteran, writes: "The recent announcement that GlaxoSmithKline would no longer pay physicians to do educational or promotional speaking about disease and prescription drugs got me thinking about the state of physician education, especially as it pertains to drug information."More

Real-time insight into how fast a living body metabolizes drugs, opening the door to highly personalized medicine
Medical News Today
A device that can monitor the levels of specific drugs as they flow through the bloodstream may soon take the guesswork out of drug dosing and allow physicians to tailor prescriptions to their patients' specific biology. Developed by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Tom Soh, Kevin Plaxco and Scott Ferguson, the biosensor combines engineering and biochemistry and has far-reaching potential. More

Smith promotes point-of-care pharmacists while at CMS Innovation Center
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The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been for many a challenge, but Marie Smith, PharmD, says a recent stint examining policy options for new healthcare delivery and payment models convinced her this could be a time when pharmacists are positioned for greater roles in team-based patient care.More

Report assesses social media engagement by pharmaceutical companies
Pharmacy Times
Although use of social media in healthcare continues to grow, a new report finds that approximately half of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies are not actively engaging with patients through social media and that many of the companies that do use social media platforms are not using them effectively. More

Medication problems: Taking drugs at wrong times
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"Lynette" was taking 16 different medications. Some were for hypertension, others for diabetes, and others still for heart disease, along with a handful of supplements. Though she seemed to be adherent — the regularity of her refills suggested as much — her blood pressure was anything but under control. Sometimes it was too high; other times it was too low. So Lynette contacted Kathleen Brown, BSPharm, at Munson Community Health Center Pharmacy, in Traverse City, Mich., for medication therapy management.More

EU regulators recommend Xolair for hives
Medscape
Drug regulators in the European Union have recommended approving omalizumab as an add-on therapy for patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria, the European Medicines Agency announced.More

Study: Probiotic drops might ease colic
HealthDay News
Infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic, acid reflux and constipation, according to Italian researchers.More

Pharmacists conduct flu, strep tests
Supermarket News
Eighty Midwest pharmacies are taking part in a study aimed at improving patient outcomes by having specially trained pharmacists conduct free flu and strep throat tests, and in some, cases fill matching prescriptions.More

Online refills improve statin adherence
Pharmacy Times
Patients with diabetes who refilled their prescriptions through an online patient portal improved their adherence to statins and their cholesterol levels, according to the results of a study published online on in Medical Care. More

FDA drug approvals: Quality of evidence varies widely
Medscape
Although many patients and physicians assume that the safety and effectiveness of new drugs are well understood, the quality of clinical trial evidence the FDA uses for approvals varies widely, new research indicates.More

Experts: Adults with diabetes need a flu shot
HealthDay News
Adults with diabetes are vulnerable to flu and its complications, experts say. Now a large new study finds they're also at higher risk of being hospitalized for flu. The study, which focused on people aged 18 to 64, provides support for guidelines advising people with diabetes to get a flu shot, the Canadian researchers said.More

EU regulators recommend Xolair for hives
Medscape
Drug regulators in the European Union have recommended approving omalizumab as an add-on therapy for patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria, the European Medicines Agency announced.More