AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Apr. 23, 2014

Registration now available for the 2014 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention
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AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Training Program
AzPA

Thursday, June 26
The Wigwam
Litchfield Park, Ariz.


This certificate program is a comprehensive program designed to provide pharmacists with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients taking anticoagulation therapies. More

Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community
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Thursday, June 26
The Wigwam
Litchfield Park, Ariz.


Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community is an innovative and interactive certificate training program that explores the pharmacist’s role in providing MTM services to patients. Register today. More

The 3 types of prescription errors
By Greg L. Alston
There is not now, nor will there ever be, an error-free human system or process. As a pharmacist with 35 years of management experience, I have dealt with employee prescription errors for a long time in the real world of community practice. Prescription errors can be broken down into three basic categories. Many large employers confuse these three types of errors and end up rewarding knuckleheads and firing good people far too often without reflecting on the true root cause of the error.More

Barcoding technology may improve medication accuracy
Pharmacy Times
Use of a barcode-assisted medication administration led to a significant increase in overall medication accuracy in most hospital settings, according to the results of a new study. More

The future of pharmacy jobs — Will it be feast or famine?
Medscape (commentary)
The pharmacist job market in the 1990s and up to about 2007 was characterized by a significant shortfall of pharmacists, fueled largely by a marked increase of community pharmacy positions in chain stores, supermarkets and mass merchandisers. This made jobs plentiful and caused salaries to rise above six figures, understandably making pharmacists a very hot commodity. The lure of a guaranteed job with a high salary attracted many people to pharmacy, and the growing number of applicants created opportunities for new schools of pharmacy to be established and for existing schools to expand.More

A changing market demands new approaches to drug development
By Dr. Paul Nelles
Biopharmaceutical companies are under enormous pressure to compete in new ways if they are going to survive. Shrinking product pipelines of many pharma companies; increasing costs associated with drug development; a blockbuster model that is giving way to more advanced treatments; and growing regulatory oversight are contributors to this added pressure. The drug development model of today is far more sophisticated than the model of just a few years ago. This is mainly due to the greater degree of complexity of new compounds being developed.More

Pastel legacy: Iconic Easter product roots back to 19th-century New Jersey pharmacist
The Star-Ledger
A mishap at a Newark, N.J., drugstore circa 1880 spurred a pharmacist to develop a pastel innovation that has colored Easter eggs for more than 130 years. William Townley sold powdered aniline dye during the 19th century out of his shop on Broad Street. One day, he stained his suit while spooning out holiday colorant for a customer, according to a 1934 Newark Evening News article. More

Barcoding technology may improve medication accuracy
Pharmacy Times
Use of a barcode-assisted medication administration led to a significant increase in overall medication accuracy in most hospital settings, according to the results of a new study. More

3 surefire ways to kill your pharmacy business
By Greg L. Alston
When I started in pharmacy in 1975, doctors could check a box on the prescription that said "do not label," and we would not be allowed to tell the patient what was in the bottle. More

Is another credential in your future?
Pharmacy Times
Healthcare is becoming more complex. This has increased specialization within most professions, and pharmacy is no exception. However, many rank-and-file pharmacists have resisted this idea.More

Too much codeine still prescribed to US kids
HealthDay News
Emergency room physicians still hand out hundreds of thousands of codeine prescriptions for children every year, despite warnings that kids' responses to codeine vary wildly and the drug can cause an accidental overdose, a new study finds.More

Hospira recalls lidocaine, propofol
ASHP
Hospira recently announced the recalls of one lot of lidocaine hydrochloride injection and seven lots of propofol injectable emulsion after confirming the presence of particulates in product vials. More

CDC: Poor antibiotic prescribing in hospitals proving deadly
Pharmacy Practice News
In 1945, upon accepting his share of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery and isolation of penicillin, Alexander Fleming delivered an ominous warning: If you use antibiotics too much, the bad bacteria could grow resistant and the drug's lifesaving power could diminish. More

Certain sedatives tied to breathing problems in older COPD patients
HealthDay News
A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study says. Benzodiazepines such as lorazepam or alprazolam are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, the study author noted.More