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We are fourth year students at the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy, and we are conducting a research project about your perspectives on your working conditions. We were hoping that you would have time to help us by filling out a brief survey expected to take about 5 minutes to complete.

Your answers are anonymous, and we do not collect any personal information. You can exit the survey at any time if you do not feel comfortable completing it. By completing the survey, you are agreeing to allow us to use your responses in our data analysis.

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For more information about this research project, contact Dr. Richard Herrier at or 520-626-5240.

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Pharmacy Owners: Help to tell the community pharmacy story and you could win $500
NCPA has put together its first census to document who you are and what you do. This is your chance to be a part of the bigger story communicated to legislators, regulators, the media and patients. Data from the pharmacy profiles will help NCPA bring new opportunities to community pharmacies.

It is critical that as many community pharmacies as possible complete the census. You can take the census on your mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer in just 8-9 minutes.

Plus, if you complete the survey by the Aug. 4 deadline, you'll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $500 VISA gift cards! The drawing is limited to one entry per pharmacy/NCPDP number and the survey must be completed in its entirety. Take the census today and help us support community pharmacy.

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Pharmaceutical reps and the twilight zone
By Jason Poquette
I had lunch today with a pharmaceutical representative, or "sales specialist." We talked about what was going on in my life and my career.We talked about the importance of transitional care from hospital to home and how to improve patient adherence to recommended treatments. We talked about cardiovascular disease, diabetes management, pharmacy economics and bone fractures.What talked about pretty much everything, but what we didn't discuss was drugs. Not a single drug was mentioned.
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Pharmacists help fill healthcare gap
The Tennessean
When filing taxes this year, Americans were asked about their healthcare coverage and soon will probably be subjected to penalties for lack of coverage. Regardless of your current health status, this further highlights the already heightened scrutiny being paid to the U.S. healthcare system. In May 2014, Gallup reported the rate of uninsured Americans declined to its lowest level since 2008. Unfortunately, increased healthcare coverage does not necessarily equate to increased healthcare access. Healthcare coverage without greater access to healthcare providers will continue to result in adverse health and financial consequences.
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Cancer therapy: Targeting in the field of metabolic rewiring
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Of more than 100,000 carcinogen point mutations, 350 are known to influence cancer phenotype. However, 30 years of intensive research on cancer biology and large amounts of grant money invested have translated into few novel treatments. This raises many questions regarding the true value of development of multiple potential new therapeutics just to prove they cannot provide effective treatment for cancer. Perhaps we have missed the point. Metabolic reprograming of cancer cells could be yet another key to a more effective treatment for cancer.
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Pharmacy sales boost major drugstores in June
The Associated Press via ABC News
A jump in pharmacy revenue fueled June sales growth for two of the nation's largest drugstore chains, and they may start adding gains from the healthcare overhaul later this year. Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. said recently that pharmacy revenue from their established stores climbed more than 11 percent at Walgreen and 5 percent at Rite Aid last month. Walgreen runs the nation's largest drugstore chain with 8,215 stores, while Rite Aid ranks third with 4,754. The company in the middle, CVS Caremark Corp., doesn't report monthly results.
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Rite Aid sued over pharmacy patient consultations
The Desert Sun
Rite Aid Corp. has settled a lawsuit recently with Riverside County and other jurisdictions that alleged the chain's California-based pharmacists failed to conduct patient consultations. Under the settlement, Rite Aid will pay a total $498,250 to Riverside, San Diego and Alameda counties, as well as implement reforms, according to prosecutors.
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Express Scripts tightens up payments for compounded drugs
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medicines, saying most of the custom-mixed medicines are ineffective or overpriced. The company, which manages prescriptions for 90 million in the U.S., plans to drop coverage for 1,000 drug ingredients commonly found in compounded medicines. Express Scripts executives say the move is a cost-saver for employers that will reduce their spending on compounded prescriptions by 95 percent.
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The FDA wants drug companies to tweet about side effects
Digital Trends
Such is the simplicity and immediacy of Twitter, it's become a network for all kinds of social interaction, from following TV and sports events to interacting with your favorite celebrities. If the FDA gets its way, we'll also see drug companies tweeting about the dangerous side effects of their products, an initiative proposed in the organization's new social media guidelines.

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Numbing medications can harm teething babies, FDA warns
CBS News
Teething infants can come to serious harm or even death from certain "gum-numbing" medications, according to a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency said June 25 that local anesthetics known as viscous lidocaine, or benzocaine-containing teething products, should never be used for teething children, except under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional.

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More patients ignoring medication dosage
Big Country
"Take every 12 hours with food" — the directions are there in black and white. Yet many people pay no attention to the labels on the side of their medication bottles. "About 10 percent of hospital admissions can be linked to poor medication adherence, or not taking your medications," says Greg Young, pharmacy manager at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.

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Thinking of ordering discount prescriptions? Buyer beware
They claim to be safe, low-cost alternatives to traditional pharmacies. But Internet drugstores and so-called "facilitators" — brick-and-mortar locations that place orders for consumers wary of ordering drugs online — are not created equal. And some of them readily acknowledge that. "I cannot comment on the safeguards employed by any other organizations," said William Hepscher, owner of The Canadian Medstore in Tampa, Florida, in an email to CNBC.
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Inhaled insulin product approved
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
FDA and MannKind Corp. on June 27 announced the approval of Afrezza inhalation powder, a new rapid-acting recombinant human insulin formulation. Afrezza is intended for preprandial use in patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes and is not meant for use as a long-acting insulin, according to the product's labeling.
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FDA approves Beleodaq to treat rare, aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Beleodaq (belinostat) for the treatment of patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma, a rare and fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The action was taken under the agency's accelerated approval program. PTCL comprises a diverse group of rare diseases in which lymph nodes become cancerous. In 2014, the National Cancer Institute estimates that 70,800 Americans will be diagnosed with NHL and 18,990 will die. PTCL represents about 10 to 15 percent of NHLs in North America.
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    Pharmacists reminded of how to REACT in case of emergency (WLNS-TV)
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Recent developments in transdermal delivery of therapeutics (By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani)
Pharmacists meet to prepare for dispensing medical marijuana (The Hartford Courant)
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