AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Nov. 13, 2013

Pharmacists taking more personal approach to healthcare
Today's pharmacists are taking a more hands-on approach to patient care by going back in time to when interactions were more personal, not just another sale at the cash register. And consumers are making a visit to the pharmacist their first-line defense for healthcare.

AzPA members Teresa Stickler, Rosy Vallin and Rick Herrier interviewed for this Arizona Republic/AZCentral article.More

Capitol Hill health fair: Please contact your legislators in Washington, DC via AzPA
Date: Nov. 19
APhA, in collaboration with other pharmacy organizations engaged in the provider status initiative, is organizing a health fair on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for legislators and legislative aids to see for themselves what pharmacists are able to do. Please consider filling out the online form at the following link to invite your senators and representative by way of a pre-drafted letter. More

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The holidays are coming quickly! Purchase your gift cards from the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation and support pharmacy education.More

Pharmacists: You impact more than you realize
By Anisa Shivji
Anisa Shivji, a pharmacist who earned her pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 2008, writes: "I have been a teacher for a few years now and have watched all my students become overwhelmed and frustrated with the stress that accompanies community pharmacy. As I watch their blood silently boil, I fear that in a few years, they will all detest their jobs. In the pressure-cooker environment of a community pharmacy setting, it is hard to find a reason to keep helping, to keep smiling, to keep trying and to keep caring. Below is a depiction based on a real event on Oct. 8, which made me realize pharmacists still have moments of impact."More

Health overhaul debate snags Senate pharmacy bill
The Associated Press via Boston Herald
Contaminated pain injections killed at least 64 people last year because of a contaminated compounding pharmacy. Now, Congress believes it is time to increase federal oversight over these pharmacies. More

Pharmacists on teams can help fortify primary care
American Pharmacists Association
The November theme issue of Health Affairs explores ways of redesigning the nation's healthcare workforce to respond to the Affordable Care Act as well as an aging population. Given the projected primary care provider shortage, pharmacists can help fortify primary care by providing medication management services such as comprehensive medication review, reconciliation of discrepancies, identifying and resolving medication-related problems, medication coordination across multiple prescribers and pharmacies, and monitoring for any adverse drug events or preventable medication errors. More

Unanticipated emergencies and the pharmacy: What's your plan?
Pharmacy Times
The list of potential natural disasters is long: hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, floods, ice storms and even a new weather phenomenon — derechos. Storms and their aftermaths can seriously tax the healthcare system in general and pharmacies in particular. Just a year ago, a swath of the East Coast was battered and then flooded by Hurricane Sandy. As the most accessible healthcare professionals, pharmacists played an important role in helping patients in the affected areas cope. More

Cough, cold medicines harming fewer infants, toddlers
After voluntary market withdrawal by manufacturers in 2007 of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children younger than 2 years, and a relabeling a year later, emergency department visits related to these drugs declined among children younger than 3 years, according to an article published online November 11 in Pediatrics.More

Novant Health pharmacists can improve patient outcomes, lighten colleagues' load
American Pharmacists Association
The Stroke Bridge Clinic at Novant Health's Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., helps patients make the transition from hospital to home after a stroke. As part of that transition, a pharmacist consults with patients in the clinic about a week after discharge. The pharmacist ensures patients understand their medications, that the regimen is optimal, and that they are taking them correctly.More

Specialty pharm 'carve-out' may be eased by UHC plan
Pharmacy Practice News
UHC, a network of 116 nonprofit academic medical center and 298 affiliated hospital members, announced that it will launch a program by late 2013 or early 2014 to help those facilities gain access to limited distribution specialty medications.More

Opioids prove effective for restless legs syndrome
In a new, placebo-controlled study, prolonged-release opioid treatment with an oxycodone-naloxone combination product produced impressive relief of symptoms in patients with severe restless legs syndrome for whom other therapies had failed.More

FDA move to restrict hydrocodone products could harm patients
National Community Pharmacists Association
NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey issued a statement in response to news that the FDA is moving to reschedule hydrocodone-containing products from Schedule III to Schedule II.More

FDA introduces plan, proposed rule for drug shortages
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The FDA recently rolled out a strategic plan and a proposed rule that are meant to avert drug shortages and lessen the effects of shortages when they do occur.More

Aptiom approved to treat seizures
HealthDay News
Aptiom has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an add-on drug to help treat adults with partial epileptic seizures.More

Opioids prove effective for restless legs syndrome
In a new, placebo-controlled study, prolonged-release opioid treatment with an oxycodone-naloxone combination product produced impressive relief of symptoms in patients with severe restless legs syndrome for whom other therapies had failed.More

Remaining CFC asthma inhalers to be phased out
Pharmacy Times
The last asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbon propellants will be removed from the market by the end of the year to comply with an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer from CFCs as well as other substances that harm it, the FDA announced recently. More

Prescription opioid availability and associated abuse
Medical News Today
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis say one way to gauge the extent of prescription opioid pain reliever abuse in any Indiana county is to count the number of healthcare providers, particularly dentists and pharmacists. In a study of opioid use and abuse, the researchers said they found that access to healthcare increases the availability of prescription opioids, which, in turn, is associated with higher rates of opioid abuse and associated consequences. More