AzPA Pharmacy Flash
May. 7, 2014

Gov. Jan Brewer signs SB 1043
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On April 22, Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law S.B. 1043 expanding the definition of the practice of pharmacy to recognize pharmacists as medical professionals and clarifying pharmacist authority to initiate and modify prescription orders under collaborative practice agreements and in the administration of immunizations. More

Immunization Certificate Program
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Date: Thursday, June 26
Location: The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Arizona Pharmacy Immunization Delivery is an innovative and interactive educational program that provides pharmacists and student pharmacists with the skills necessary to become primary sources for vaccine advocacy, education, and administration.More

Registration now available for the 2014 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention
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for a schedule of CE events.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

AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Training Program
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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

The day that hospital-based pharmacy died
By Greg L. Alston
Somewhere between 1980 and now, the practice of hospital pharmacy was severely crippled and mortally wounded. Clearly hospitals still employ pharmacists, and pharmacists in hospitals do good work. But the pharmacy department as a thriving business unit was delivered a fatal blow when the reimbursement for pharmacy services was converted to the diagnosis-related group method of payment. The simple act of bundling payment for patient care into a single payment for all primary and ancillary medical services transformed the pharmacy department from a profit center for hospitals into a cost center.More

Baker's yeast is giving scientists a better understanding of drug interactions
Medical News Today
When two or more medications are taken at the same time, one can suppress or enhance the effectiveness of the other. Similarly, one drug may magnify the toxicity of another. These types of interactions are a major cause of illness and hospitalization. However, there are severe practical limits on the practical scope of drug studies in humans. More

Antibiotic resistance a serious threat to global public health
Medscape
Antibiotic resistance is occurring all over the world in bacteria responsible for common but serious infections, including sepsis, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhea, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.More

Community pharmacists at a North Carolina chain keep high-risk patients out of the hospital
APhA
Pharmacists at Moose Pharmacies, an independent drug store chain in North Carolina, have visited hundreds, if not thousands, of patients' homes as part of a drug adherence program they offer in the community.More

1st US MERS patient may be released from hospital soon
HealthDay News
The man hospitalized in Indiana with the first U.S. case of a potentially fatal respiratory virus that initially surfaced in the Middle East two years ago is improving and could be released from the hospital soon, health officials reported. Indiana's state Health Commissioner William VanNess II said no healthcare workers or family members who've had contact with the patient have tested positive for the virus, which has an incubation period of up to 14 days, The Associated Press reported.More

Do not treat unused prescription drugs like leftovers
Medical News Today
People should dispose of unused prescription drugs rather than hold on to them since the drugs can be misused or accidentally ingested and cause harm, argues a commentary published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. 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.More

Report: 1 in 13 US school-age kids takes psych meds
HealthDay News
More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows. Apparently, the medications are working.More

FDA defends generic drug labeling plan
AJHP News via ASHP
Lawmakers on April 1 called on the chief of FDA's drugs division to defend a proposal that would allow makers of generic drugs to unilaterally update safety information in their products' professional labeling. More

Anxiety, sleeping pills tied to increased death risk
Pharmacy Times
Patients who took anti-anxiety or hypnotic drugs had a markedly increased risk of death, which became even more marked with increased consumption of the medications or longer use, a new study finds. More

FDA panel says no to over-the-counter allergy drug Singulair
HealthDay News
A panel of expert advisors to the FDA recently voted overwhelmingly against moving the allergy drug Singulair from prescription to over-the-counter status. The panel voted 11 to 4 against the sale of the popular medication without a doctor's approval, The Associated Press reported.More

Do not treat unused prescription drugs like leftovers
Medical News Today
People should dispose of unused prescription drugs rather than hold on to them since the drugs can be misused or accidentally ingested and cause harm, argues a commentary published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. More