AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Nov. 26, 2014

Hospitals and healthcare stakeholders Ebola update
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Maricopa County's plan to respond to a case of Ebola Virus Disease is constantly evolving but we recognize how vital it is that all of our healthcare stakeholders continue to be made aware of the current status of our plans. Here is a brief update on some key aspects of planning for healthcare providers. Please understand that as federal guidance changes, we will adapt our own plans, however we will continue to update you as things change. More

Get your holiday shopping done early with Arizona Pharmacy Foundation
It's easy to support pharmacy education this holiday season. APF connects with multiple organizations that have agreed to provide a donation to the Foundation while giving you a faster way to get your shopping done. Before you go grocery shopping, shop online or purchase gift cards, visit the AzPA website and find out how you can help. More

Register today: Anticoagulation Certificate Program Feb. 20
Join AzPA at JW Marriott in Tucson this February for a comprehensive Anticoagulation Certificate program designed to provide pharmacists with the basic knowledge to care for patients taking anticoagulation therapies. By completing this course, pharmacists can earn 22 hours of continuing education credit while becoming certified in anticoagulation management. Early bird registration ends Friday, Jan. 16. Register today! More

Register Today: Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar Feb. 21-22
Join AzPA at JW Marriott in Tucson this February for our Southwestern Clinical. This is your chance to earn up to 12 CPEs. Attend sessions on drug updates, medication adherence, pharmacy law and more. Full schedule coming soon. Save $35 with early bird pricing ending Jan. 16. More

Nanopatch is the vaccine delivery system for people who fear needles
An Australian company is developing a piece of nanotechnology, which could see the end of the painful vaccination jab. The next-generation vaccine delivery system, created by Vaxxas, is called the Nanopatch and is the size of an adult thumbnail. It uses thousands of vaccine-coated pins that perforate into the skin. More

3 pharmacies suing Express Scripts over rejected claims
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Three out-of-state pharmacies are suing the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager for denying coverage of compounded drugs. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis, alleges that Express Scripts is trying to cut costs by denying payments to pharmacies for compounded drugs, which are mixed and prepared at certain pharmacies per a doctor's order. More

EHR-based reminders quickly improve medication adherence
Automated reminders generated by EHR data within the Kaiser Permanente healthcare system helped to raise medication adherence rates in just twelve months, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study of more than 21,700 patients produced a 2 percent bump in medication adherence for diabetes and heart disease drugs, said Dr, Bill Vollmer, lead author and senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. More

Tampa pharmacy sues DEA after drugs were seized
The Tampa Tribune
The owners of a pharmacy in Florida say the Drug Enforcement Administration seized all its controlled substances and is illegally interfering with the drug store's ability to do business. RS Compounding, which does business as West Chase Compounding Pharmacy, filed a lawsuit against the DEA, the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder, and asked a judge to issue a restraining order to allow the business to continue operating. More

Study: Each new medication costs $2.6 billion to develop
Headlines & Global News
The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development estimated that the average drug costs around $2.6 billion for its development and approval. The researchers clarified that the computation was based on the average out-of-pocket costs amounting to $1.4 billion and time costs of $1.16 billion. More

Study: Common blood pressure medication does not increase risk of breast cancer
Intermountain Medical Center via Medical Xpress
Women who take a common type of medication to control their blood pressure are not at increased risk of developing breast cancer due to the drug, according to new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah. More

New migraine medication being developed in Texas
An Austin, Texas, company is on the cutting edge of the pharmaceutical industry. When their products are available, migraine medication could be taken through the nose and it would start kicking into your system in just minutes. One small device delivers perfectly measured powder or liquid medication through the nose. Another device measures and dispenses hassle-free eye drops for treating conditions like glaucoma. More