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As 2012 comes to a close, the editors of Pharmacy Flash would like to wish the industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume on Jan. 8.

New Medicaid rules hurt some pharmacies
The Advocate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sept. 11, 2012: Under the new policy, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reimbursing for the average acquisition cost plus $10.13 per prescription. The independent pharmacists said they have to pay far more than the average cost that DHH has affixed to the drugs included in the program. The pharmacists said officials relied on bad information in setting the policy and did not take into account special circumstances that exist with independent or community pharmacies. More

Which vaccines do college students need?
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Sept. 11, 2012: Major lifestyle changes often occur for the student entering college. These changes and the subsequent stresses involved may expose an individual to a wider variety of potential infectious pathogens than normally encountered in the home situation and may also negatively affect the usual host immune response. For these reasons as well as others, it is imperative that all college students are provided with the optimal protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. Following are four vaccine areas emphasized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their recommendations for college students and young adults as well as overall vaccine-related issues to consider before sending students off to college. More

Pharmacy aims to help customers track medication more easily
Pine Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aug. 28, 2012: Prescription medications all have directions, but some may be harder to follow than others, and many people take multiple prescriptions each day making it easier to take medication inappropriately. Bob Narveson, president of the Thrifty White Pharmacy in the rural Midwest, has come up with two programs that help reduce medication issues. First, Narveson launched a program to synchronize patent prescriptions, so all reoccurring prescriptions can be refilled on the same day. Now the company is launching a second program — called Healthy Pack RX — for customers who have already synchronized their prescriptions. The new program organizes a customer's medications into individual packets that are labeled with medication, day, date and time to be taken. More

Study: More new drugs a bad fit with grapefruit
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Nov. 27, 2012: Because of new chemical formulations, prescription drugs that interact badly with grapefruit have more than doubled in number since 2008, yet many doctors seem unaware of this, Canadian researchers report. "The number of drugs on the market with the potential to produce serious adverse and in many cases life-threatening effects when combined with grapefruit has markedly increased over the past few years from 17 to 43 in four years," said lead researcher David Bailey, from the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. More

Prescription medications without the prescription
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Aug. 28, 2012: In February, the Food and Drug Administration announced a public hearing to debate a proposed new paradigm to allow more flexibility in the concept of nonprescription drugs. Under the proposal, certain drugs that would otherwise require a prescription would be approved for nonprescription use under conditions of safe use. The public hearing held in March further developed the FDA's proposal, which includes enhanced use of technology to expand the concept of consumer self-diagnosis and self-selection of treatment to additional conditions or drugs. This Medscape interview with Dr. Thomas Menighan, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacist Association, explores the positions of the pharmacy community. More

Pharmacist apologizes after accidental methadone prescription nearly kills boy
WPIX-TV via Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oct. 2, 2012: The family of a 7-year-old is suing, after he almost died when a drug mix-up by his pharmacy left him accidentally overdosed on the wrong medication. The pharmacist's mea culpa may not be nearly enough to avoid legal action and the threat of losing his license. "He wasn't breathing. He was just blue," Christina Torres said about her son after giving him what she thought was Ritalin. The reason for his grave state was that she had given her son another drug entirely, one meant to treat hard-core drug abusers — methadone. More

The great opioid debate: PROP, PROMPT square off
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Nov. 13, 2012: Should the reins be tightened on the use of long-term opioid therapy for patients with chronic noncancer pain? That question is at the heart of a controversy that has boiled over since July when 37 physicians in pain management, public health, psychiatry and other specialties issued a citizen petition calling on the FDA to require opioid label changes that would strike the word "moderate" from CNCP opioid treatment indications and limit the drug's use solely to severe pain — and then only for a maximum of 90 days at no more than the equivalent of 100 mg of morphine daily. More

Pharmacy certification to expand
Modern Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sept. 11, 2012: The world of pharmacy certification is getting more crowded. The first and best known certifying body, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, was launched by the American Pharmacists Association, then the American Pharmaceutical Association, in 1976. The new kid on the block is the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board, which is developing the Certified Specialty Pharmacist credential. SPCB hopes to launch its certification program in early 2013. More

Walgreen's new battle: Winning back Express Scripts customers
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oct. 2, 2012: Walgreen, closing the books on a "challenging" fiscal 2012, admitted to investors that regaining customers lost from its contract dispute with Express Scripts is going to be a tough sled. Recently, Walgreen chief executive officer Gregory Wasson wouldn't disclose specifics or predict the number of customers and prescriptions that would return to the nation's largest drug store chain even though Walgreen renewed its relationship with Express Scripts. More

Pharmacist slates methadone scheme
The Irvine Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sept. 11, 2012: George Watson, an Irvine, U.K., pharmacist and chemist, has been dealing with the methadone scheme since he began working decades ago. Watson told the Irvine Herald, "Having finally retired from pharmacy, I feel more free to express my views on the use of methadone as a substitute for heroin." In Watson's opinion, the methadone clinic is just a new, legal high for heroin addicts. More


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