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Invitation to free CME dinner!
Hosted by: Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Topic: Guidelines-Based Allergy & Asthma Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment

Who can attend:
  1. Pharmacy mini clinic healthcare providers (PA, NP, MD, DO)
  2. Pediatricians — not specialists
  3. No more than 2 board certified allergists per program
  4. The limit is 30 attendees per program
When & Where:

Attendee can choose between one of the two following CME dinners:

Monday, March 9, 2015 or

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Marriott Airport, 1101 North 44th St, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Each attendee must register online at the link provided on the attached invitation (maximum 30 attendees)
  • Registration will be closed 24 hours before the night of the program.
  • The same case will be presented each night so providers should only attend one.
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Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar this weekend
We are excited to see those attending Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar. It's going to be a great educational weekend. If you are joining us in Tucson, don't forget to attend the networking reception Saturday evening. Drink tickets will be sold at the registration desk, proceeds to benefit the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation. There is a map of the JW Marriott available online. The seminar will be held in building 7.
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PharmPAC Needs YOU
The Pharmacists Political Action Committee of Arizona, is a nonpartisan voluntary committee that combines contributions from pharmacists — like you — to support specified pieces of legislation that will help advance pharmacy patient-centered care. This 2015 legislation session, the Arizona Pharmacy Association's PharmPAC needs your help to support Medication Synchronization. This bill will remove current insurance barriers and enable patients to synchronize their medications — order and receive prescriptions on the same day each month. We need your help.

Learn more about the PAC and how to join at

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Date Event
Feb. 20 Anticoagulation Certificate Program 2015
Feb. 21-22 Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar
April 25 Women's Health Certificate Program
June 25 Psychiatric Certificate Program
June 25 Diabetes Care Certificate Program
June 25 Immunization Certificate Program
June 25 Medication Therapy Management Certificate Program
June 26-28 AzPA Annual Convention
Sept. 25 Anticoagulation Certificate Program
Sept. 25 Women's Health Certificate Program
Sept. 25 Immunization Certificate Program
Sept. 26 Fall Conference

Click here for a full event list.


Diversion problems: Acknowledging the issue
By Jason Poquette
Virtually every pharmacist understands the magnitude of the drug diversion problem in the U.S. We see glimpses of it almost every day on a small scale, but these sorts of events are rather bland and commonplace. What's truly troubling is that we see nearly daily news events about the discoveries of drug diversion going inside the pharmacy on the one hand, and the equally disturbing number of burglaries and robberies by addicts and dealers on the other.
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FDA issues new draft documents related to compounding of human drugs
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued five draft documents related to drug compounding and repackaging that will help entities comply with important public health provisions. The draft documents are applicable to pharmacies, federal facilities, outsourcing facilities and physicians.
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Device helps treat migraines without medication
For the first time, a new device is helping to treat and prevent migraines without medication. The device is called Cefaly and it is a way of applying electrical stimulation to certain nerves across the forehead.
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Medicare's star ratings bring opportunity for pharmacists
The extra weight that Medicare applies to the medication-adherence measures in its quality-rating system for health plans means opportunity and a revenue stream for at least one group of pharmacists. Medicare's star ratings system incorporates three measures of medication adherence. All three were developed and are maintained by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, which has over 100 member organizations, including ASHP.
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Report suggests trend in prescription drug errors filled by pharmacists
Anyone who has waited in a drug store for a prescription knows a pharmacy counter can be a busy place. "It's a high-pace, high-stress environment," a former CVS pharmacy technician told the I-Team. She did not want to be identified, but she believes that stress leads to mistakes. "Somebody gets the wrong strength of medication, somebody gets the wrong number of pills," she said.
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Antibiotic use has more unwanted effects than previously thought
Medical News Today
We have known for some time that one of the unwanted side effects of taking antibiotics is their disruption of friendly microbes in the gut. But now a new study that takes a closer look suggests the consequences of long-term antibiotic use could be even more far-reaching than we thought.
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Cranberry extract for recurrent urinary tract infections
Pharmacy Times
Roughly half of all women experience at least one urinary tract infection in their lifetime. The problem becomes recurrent for many, so effective non-antibiotic preventive therapies are needed. Cranberries, cranberry juice and cranberry extracts have a reputation of helping to prevent recurrent UTIs, defined as two or three experienced within one year. However, clinical studies addressing all forms of cranberry have reported mixed results.
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FDA proposes guidance for generic drug development
Pharmacy Times
The FDA is seeking comments on 28 new and 15 revised recommendations providing product-specific guidance on the design of bioequivalence studies to support Abbreviated New Drug Applications.
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The future of community pharmacy
Truman Lastinger recently posed the question "Is community pharmacy a dying profession?" Here is how Mark Jacobs, registered pharmacist living and working in Wisconsin, would answer him. As a profession, we worry too much about that elusive provider status. Charlie Brown kept trying to kick the football, to no avail. In the pharmacy profession, we are not that much different. We have been talking about clinical pharmacy and pharmacist services for 20 to 25 years now. Maybe more.
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