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Prescription medications without the prescription
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In February 2012, 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

 Area and Association News

PrescribeWellness launches 'a million more' flu shot initiative
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PrescribeWellness recently launched its "A Million More" Flu Shot Initiative with the goal of increasing the influenza vaccination rate by one million more Americans. "The flu is dangerous, threatens lives and costs the American economy billions of dollars each year," said Al Babbington, CEO of PrescribeWellness. "The flu is responsible for approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 25,000 deaths in the United States each year, yet only 46 percent of the population currently gets flu shot immunizations." More

Community Pharmacy Academy Conference Changes Ahead
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Community Pharmacy Academy Conference Changes Ahead: Are You Ready?
September 22, 2012
Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel

To register for the event, please click here.

PTCB Exam Prep Course
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PTCB Exam Prep Course Begins September 8, 2012.
Visit the Arizona Pharmacy Association website for complete information.

HealthMap Vaccine Finder
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Flu season is rapidly approaching. HealthMap Vaccine Finder is here to help.

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Save the Date!
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Managed Care Academy Conference October 20, 2012. Complete information coming soon!

 Pharmacy Updates

Tension unit prescribes tool to help pharmacies
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Tension Packaging & Automation is selling a new machine that it says can speed up pharmacy work, cut costs and trim the possibility of human error. The machine invented, the Tension PFI, automates the printing, verification and dispensing of customer-specific prescription documents. The machine prints, folds and inserts all patient documentation before it reaches a pharmacy's prescription packing station. More

Integrated pharmacy practice helps reduce heart failure readmission rate
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Deploying pharmacists to where the patients and healthcare teams are at North Shore University Hospital is reaping benefits for the New York facility, according to a poster presentation at the American Hospital Association's recent Leadership Summit in San Francisco. Readmissions within 30 days for patients with heart failure are on the decline. So are errors in medication orders. More

Pharmacy aims to help customers track medication more easily
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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

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Inappropriate medications often prescribed to the elderly
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Approximately one in five prescriptions to elderly people is inappropriate, according to a study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE. More

Drug-dispensing physicians charge more than pharmacies
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Physicians who dispense pain medications and other commonly used drugs to workers' compensation patients charge up to 3 times more than pharmacies in some states, according to a recent study from the not-for-profit Workers Compensation Research Institute. That kind of mark-up could explain why physician dispensing for WC patients has grown at a rapid clip in recent years, and why some states now limit how much clinicians can charge. However, a desire for profit may not be the only reason why physicians charge more than pharmacies. Another factor may be wholesale prices that physicians pay to obtain the drugs that they sell. More

Survey: Medication flavoring impacts pharmacy satisfaction, loyalty
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Customer satisfaction and pharmacy loyalty among parents increase significantly when the pharmacist can add custom flavoring to a child's medications, according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers at Temple University's School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia and healthcare consumer research company WilsonRx, found that parents were more likely to recommend a pharmacy that actively informed them about custom-flavoring services over one that did not and preferred filling their children's medications at pharmacies where the services were available and promoted. More

 FDA News

Promising T-DM1 clears Phase III cancer study and marches on to the FDA
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Genentech's closely-watched breast cancer drug T-DM1 passed the goal line on its primary endpoint for significantly improved overall survival among metastatic patients, highlighting its prospects for a near-term FDA approval as parent company Roche preps for a filing with the EMA. The OS results add to the promising Phase III data on progression-free survival when compared to patients taking a combination of lapatinib and Xeloda, and that group will now have the option to be switched to T-DM1. While not surprising, the positive progress of T-DM1 is encouraging analysts to predict a near-certain regulatory approval in the first half of 2013. And the data can only further add to the reputation for antibody-drug conjugates, which have become one of the hottest fields in cancer drug research. More

FDA warning: Reumofan supplements contain risky drugs
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Consumers searching for a miracle cure for the aches and pains of arthritis should beware: The FDA has issued a new warning about the potential health risks of Reumofan and Reumofan Plus, two products marketed as natural dietary supplements for treating arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer and other conditions. The FDA said it found both supplements contain several potentially dangerous ingredients that are not listed on the label. Since the first warning was issued in June, consumers have begun to speak up. More

Covidien: FDA approves Exalgo at higher dosage
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Covidien PLC said the Food and Drug Administration approved an extended-release 32-milligram version of the Exalgo pill for moderate-to-severe chronic pain requiring 24-hour treatment over an extended period. The latest approval expands options for physicians in treating opioid-tolerant patients. The FDA had approved eight milligram, 12 milligram and 16 milligram versions of the treatment in March 2010. More


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