AzPA Pharmacy Flash
May. 28, 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

Immunization Certificate Program
AzPA


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

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

Your pharmacist may know less than you think
By Jason Poquette
Less about you, that is. What I'm talking about is what I like to refer to as the "pharmacy information gap." That is my euphemistic way of saying that, in our current model for prescribing and dispensing, the retail pharmacist is often entirely blind to the diagnosis for which a medication is written. We receive the prescription. We know the drug, the strength and the directions. We know who needs it, and we know who wrote it. But why has it been prescribed? Typically, all we can do is guess from the list of approved and not approved FDA indications.More

Pharmacists resolve oral chemo errors at admission
Pharmacy Practice News
A Cleveland Clinic hospital has devised an interesting twist to pharmacist-conducted medication reconciliation: By assigning outpatient oncology pharmacists to review selected inpatient oral cancer drug orders, the hospital has improved the accuracy and safety of the chemotherapy regimens.More

NCPA commends Medicare steps on generic-drug reimbursement; urges congress to enact any willing pharmacy law
National Community Pharmacists Association
National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA issued the following statement recently in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for 2015 Part D prescription drug plans: "NCPA is still reviewing the final CMS rule but we have some initial observations. First, we commend CMS for requiring plan sponsors to both disclose to pharmacies the maximum allowable cost reimbursement limits for many generic drugs and to update MAC-based reimbursement every seven days to better reflect market costs."More

Evolving healthcare landscape provides new opportunities for pharmacists' patient care services
Pharmacist
National pharmacy organizations are pleased to announce the publication of a new Avalere Health "Exploring Pharmacists' Role in a Changing Healthcare Environment." The independent report explores how pharmacists' services contribute to the healthcare system and improved patient health.More

Pharmacogenomics gains more traction
Pharmacy Practice News
At the University of Florida's Shands Hospital, patients scheduled for percutaneous coronary intervention are routinely screened for genetic variations that could render the anti-clotting drug clopidogrel ineffective. A blood test is processed within 24 hours and results are added to patients' electronic medical record. If patients have a variation that could predispose them to heart attack, stent thrombosis or other issues, the EMR alerts the cardiologist. When a prescription is written for a patient with such a genetic variation, the EMR recommends alternate drugs.More

5 areas pharmacists can help improve patient care
FierceHealthcare
As the healthcare system shifts towards quality and efficiency, pharmacists can play an integral role, focusing on medication management, medication reconciliation, preventive care and patient education, according to an independent report released by Avalere Health.More

End-to-end audits for pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice News
Revenue cycle. End-to-end audits. We often hear these terms bandied about as being important, but do you really understand what they mean and why they're important to you in the pharmacy? And even more importantly, how your procedures, actions can have a profound effect on reimbursement?More

NSAIDs in the elderly: Another cautionary result
Pharmacy Times
Current and recent users of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were significantly more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, according to the results of a new study. More

Novel antigen holds promise for malaria vaccine
Medical News Today
In 2012, malaria was responsible for around 627,000 deaths worldwide, of which 460,000 occurred among African children under the age of five years. Now, researchers have identified a substance that they say could be a potential vaccine candidate for malaria. More

Vedolizumab approved for ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The FDA and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited on May 20 announced the approval of vedolizumab for the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in adults whose illness has not responded adequately to or did not tolerate previous therapies.More

Chemists develop new approach to detect counterfeit Viagra and other medicines on the Internet
Medical News Today
Researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada have developed an improved chemical analysis method that is more efficient and faster in detecting counterfeit medicines, which have skyrocketed in recent years. The method was developed and tested in a study by Philippe Lebel, Alexandra Furtos and Karen Waldron of the university's department of chemistry. It identifies and quantifies the various compounds present in a pharmaceutical product, in a fifth of the time it takes governmental services to do the same job.More

5 areas pharmacists can help improve patient care
FierceHealthcare
As the healthcare system shifts towards quality and efficiency, pharmacists can play an integral role, focusing on medication management, medication reconciliation, preventive care and patient education, according to an independent report released by Avalere Health. More