AzPA Pharmacy Flash
May. 27, 2015

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER — 1st Annual AZ Residency Conference June 25
This program provides a platform for residents and fellows to present their research. This conference also offers residents and preceptors a forum to network with colleagues. Earn up to 6 CPEs, present your research project and network. All for only $100.

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LAST CHANCE TO SAVE $75: AzPA Annual Convention
Don't forget, early bird pricing ends this Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m. Join us June 26-28 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson for CPEs, networking and more. Attend sessions for hospital pharmacy, geriatric care, community pharmacy, and managed care. Specialized sessions are also available for pharmacy technicians, independent pharmacy owners and pharmacy students.

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PTCB: New Recertification Deadlines for Active CPhTs
Beginning in 2016, PTCB will change the recertification schedule for active PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technicians. PTCB will add nine additional recertification deadlines for a total of 12 per year, and will gradually transition active CPhTs to the new cycle. As always, CPhTs will be required to recertify every two years. More

Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities
By Catherine Iste
As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven't taken care of yourself? It's time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities. Lisa Cole, MS, RN, FNP, has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare industry. Through her work, Cole has learned three areas that can help reduce stress now and help you be more present as a healthcare professional.More

CVS to buy Omnicare in $12.7 billion pharmacy expansion deal
CVS Health Corp. agreed to acquire nursing-home pharmacy Omnicare Inc. in a deal valued at $12.7 billion, adding services for the elderly to bolster its position as the biggest U.S. retailer of prescription drugs.More

Limiting distribution of oncology drugs
Pharmacy Practice News
Cindy O'Bryant, PharmD, BCOP, associate professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado in Denver, talks with Niesha Griffith, RPh, MS, FASHP, director of Pharmacy and Infusion Services at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, about limiting the distribution of certain pharmaceuticals.More

FDA warns of serious acidosis risk for diabetes medication class
A May 15 Drug Safety Communication from FDA warns that sodium–glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, a recently approved class of antidiabetic medications, may cause serious cases of ketoacidosis.More

FDA: Watch for dosing errors with Zerbaxa
Pharmacy Practice News
The FDA has issued a warning to healthcare professionals about the risk for dosing errors with the antibacterial drug combination ceftolozane/tazobactam due to confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labeling. More

10 most affordable pharmacy schools
Rarely are the words "affordable" and "pharmacy school" used in the same sentence. So when Insider Monkey recently published a list of the most affordable pharmacy schools in the United States, ModernMedicine took notice.More

22 pharmacists, doctors arrested in DEA's drug abuse crackdown
Pharmacy Times
Twenty-two pharmacists and doctors were arrested in the Drug Enforcement Administration's largest-ever operation aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse.More

FDA wants to collect data on antibiotics used in food-producing animals
A new rule proposed by FDA would mandate that animal drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals obtain estimates of sales by major food-producing species.More

Patient preferences in COPD treatment
Pharmacy Times
Clinical guidelines and government agencies are increasingly encouraging clinicians to consider patients' treatment preferences when chronic disease is present, as it could increase medication adherence. More