AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Feb. 25, 2015

Save the date: AzPA Annual Convention coming soon
Our Annual Convention is always a big hit. You don't want to miss it. Join us June 26-28th at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson for continuing education, awards ceremonies, networking receptions and other social events. Stay tuned. Registration will be open soon.More

Physical impairment from measles is a preventable tragedy
By Denise A. Valenti
Babies were born blind. Babies were born deaf. Babies suffered irreparable brain damage. That is what happened during the measles pandemic from 1962-65 in the United States when their mothers contracted German measles, also known as Rubella, during pregnancy. The threat of serious health problems to a pregnant woman and her unborn child continued until an effective Rubella vaccine was introduced in 1969. Physical impairment from measles was hoped to be eradicated in the United States, but recent outbreaks in the western U.S. place numerous people at risk for measles.More

Physicians don't always want or use medication adherence data
Health IT Analytics
Physicians aren't entirely willing to accept the idea that pouring patient data into their EHRs is an effective way to manage population health, according to a new survey about medication adherence conducted by HealthPrize. Providers seem to overestimate the diligence of their patients while simultaneously believing that high levels of adherence are critical for effective clinical outcomes. Yet 50 percent of physicians either don't want any more information about patients than they already have or don't think it will be all that useful.More

FDA approves expanded age range for anti-seizure medication
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a supplemental New Drug Application from Eisai Inc. for the use of Banzel as an adjunctive treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome in children aged 1 to 4 years.More

ADHD medication use reduced child, adolescent brain injury risk
Psychiatric Annals via Healio
The risk of brain injury to children and adolescents with ADHD was significantly reduced while patients were administered methylphenidate or atomoxetine, according to data published in JAMA Pediatrics.More

Pharmacists less likely to divorce than doctors
Pharmacy Times
Compared with other healthcare professionals, pharmacists have the lowest probability of getting divorced, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal. More

Access to new medication formulations could help curb prescription drug abuse (commentary)
We get the calls every day. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are reaching out to our organization worried that their loved one is abusing prescription medicine. Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic. It is skyrocketing among our nation's teens. Kids are popping pills at an alarming rate. In fact, prescription medications are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12- to 13-year-olds. Why? Because they're easier for children to access.More

Lenvatinib approved for advanced thyroid cancer
The FDA and Eisai Inc. on Feb. 13 announced the approval of lenvatinib for the treatment of advanced thyroid cancer. Eisai, which will market the kinase inhibitor as Lenvima, stated that the product will be available to order "in the near future" from two specialty pharmacies, Accredo and Biologics Inc. More

Generic drug use shown to improve medication adherence in people with glaucoma
Medical News Today
In the first study to examine the impact of a reduction in glaucoma medication copay on patient adherence, researchers in Michigan have found a potential solution to one of the biggest obstacles facing American ophthalmologists in the fight against glaucoma-related blindness. Despite the availability of effective treatments, more than half of glaucoma patients do not take their medications as prescribed. A study published online by Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, reveals that one way to solve this problem may be switching nonadherent patients to generic drugs. More

Delirium consult service pinpoints offending drugs
Pharmacy Practice News
Pharmacists at an Illinois hospital have implemented a first-of-its-kind automatic delirium pharmacy consult service.More