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Deadline to submit ASHP House of Delegates feedback is tomorrow
The Arizona Delegates to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists are Mindy (Throm) Burnworth, Carol Rollins, Christi Jen and Mitch Buckley (alternate). We are contacting you to ask for your feedback on the proposed policies and recommendations that ASHP will be voting on this June at the ASHP Summer Meeting. Please forward along your comments or suggestions by Wednesday, April 24 at noon. Go to the website to view the document.
Responsibilities of ASHP state delegates include:
Please forward your comments or suggestions.
- Developing an understanding of the issues on the House of Delegates agenda
- Learning the perspectives of ASHP members in the state on those issues (please forward your comments/suggestions),
- Participating in a Regional Delegate Conference (scheduled for May),
- Participating in the House of Delegates session (scheduled for June), and
- Reporting back to ASHP members in the state on the outcome of the House session (will occur post Summer Meeting)
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National Take-Back Initiative
The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will take place Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.
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2013 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention & Trade Show
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Wasted real-world clinical data
By Mike Wokasch
We spend tens of billions of dollars every year on healthcare research, yet we don't have answers to some very basic questions about prevention and treatment of most diseases. We can't prove to what extent preventive medicine is actually cost effective. We can't prove that one drug is more effective than another. For some diseases, we don't even know if drug treatment is any better than no drug treatment at all. Interestingly, much of the data probably already exist to answer many of these questions.
Industry pulse: Can expanding the use of data lead to better application of drug treatment?
Boston bombing put hospital pharmacies into emergency mode
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The people who arrived in Boston's emergency departments April 15 had injuries unlike any Nancy Balch had seen in her 12 years as an emergency department pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Their injuries were severe. At least one person had had a limb blown off.
Arkansas pharmacists help enact generic drug-pricing transparency law
Congratulations to the Arkansas Pharmacists Association and all Arkansas pharmacists on enactment of SB 1138, legislation to bring transparency, among other reforms, to generic drug reimbursement limits known as maximum allowable costs. The bill was signed into law April 12 by Gov. Mike Beebe.
Amgen pays $25 million to settle whistleblower case over kickbacks to long-term care pharmacies
McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Biotechnology company Amgen will pay $24.9 million in a settlement over whistleblower allegations that the company paid kickbacks to long-term care pharmacies to increase the use of an anemia drug in nursing homes. The government joined a case brought against Amgen by an employee in 2011.
FDA given green light to ask doctors about drug advertising
The Obama administration recently gave regulators the approval to ask doctors about the marketing practices of drug companies. The survey project by the FDA is expected to cost as much as $365,000 over two years. Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able asked their opinions about how drugs are promoted to consumers and healthcare professionals.
State ADHD medication rates vary widely
There are wide variations from state to state in the portion of children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and who are taking ADHD medication, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Jan. 24 edition of Preventing Chronic Disease.
Generic savings and US health policy: Pulling the federal levers at both ends
Drug Store News
Does the Obama administration "get it" when it comes to pharmacy's vital interests and lowering healthcare costs? One sometimes wonders. As much as Steve Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, likes the president and many of his ideas and instincts, he is sometimes stumped by some of the lesser-understood facets of the administration's health policy, and by the seemingly contradictory sets of priorities promoted by that policy.
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Tylenol can ease anxiety over fear of dying
Medical News Today
An over-the-counter pain reliever can also be used to deal with existential worry — anxiety that comes from thinking about death — according to new research from the University of British Columbia. The finding was published in the journal Psychological Science, and revealed that acetaminophen or Tylenol, which is generally used to relieve minor aches or fever, can also decrease emotional pain felt when thinking about death or the uncertainty of life.
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FDA bans generic OxyContin
The New York Times
In a major policy move, the FDA recently said that it would not approve generic versions of the powerful narcotic OxyContin, the painkiller that symbolized a decadelong epidemic of prescription drug abuse. The move represents a victory for OxyContin's manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, which in 2010 introduced a formulation of the drug that was less prone to tampering.
Significant increase in ER visits involving ADHD medications
The number of emergency department visits involving ADHD stimulant medications more than doubled between 2005 and 2010, according to a report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Jan. 24. In 2005, there were 13,370 emergency room visits nationally involving ADHD stimulant medication; in 2010, there were 31,244 such visits.
Treatment for new, deadly coronavirus shows promise
A treatment for a new coronavirus that has caused 11 deaths, mostly in the Middle East, shows promise in early tests, U.S. government researchers report. The investigators discovered that a combination of two antiviral drugs — ribavirin and interferon-alpha 2b — can stop the so-called nCoV coronavirus from multiplying in laboratory-grown cells.
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