This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.

  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit Sep. 11, 2012


 Area and Association News

Community Pharmacy Academy Conference changes ahead. Save with early registration. Deadline is Sept. 16
AzPA    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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.

DEA Drug Take-Back Day locator now available; nationwide disposal sites to be available Sept. 29
AzPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers can now quickly locate a site for safe disposal of unneeded and expired medications using the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Locator. DEA Take-Back Day collection sites will accept unwanted medications on Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and consumer participation helps prevent misuse and abuse of these drugs by getting them out of the home. AWARXE encourages consumers to use this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded pills, including controlled substance medications (such as certain pain medications and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs) as these pills can only be accepted for disposal when law enforcement is present.

DEA reminds consumers that the take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events. Check the DEA collection site locator often, as new locations will be added until Sept. 29.

Required use of tamper resistant prescription pads begins Nov. 1
AzPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The purpose of this memo is to provide guidance on the required use of Tamper Resistant Prescription Pads beginning Nov. 1. AHCCCS and its contractors were waived from this requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through Oct. 31. However, CMS has not authorized continuation of the waiver exemption for the AHCCCS Program. Therefore, effective Nov. 1, AHCCCS and its Contractors are required to comply with the tamper resistant prescription pad requirement. More

 Pharmacy Updates

Pharmacy certification to expand
Modern Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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


A safe and convenient compliance package to help your patients take their daily medications, wherever they may be.

MediCase requires no expansive heat sealing equipment and it is easily and quickly assembled in your pharmacy to the patient's specific needs.

For more information on Medicase or our other medication compliance products, visit or contact
Diane LaTourelle:

Walgreens to remain out of Tricare pharmacy network
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Defense's Tricare health plan has decided it won't let its nearly 10 million beneficiaries who get drug coverage through Express Scripts Holding Co. resume getting prescriptions filled at Walgreen Co. outlets. "Walgreen will remain designated as a non-network pharmacy provider for Tricare beneficiaries," the health plan wrote in a prepared statement, issued on a website for beneficiaries. Tricare said its beneficiaries would still have access to more than 57,000 pharmacies without Walgreen. More

How team briefings can improve medication safety
Medscape (free subscription)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Team briefing is a strategy widely used in industries where precision in human performance is necessary to achieve desired outcomes and where failures could result in devastating consequences. Briefings allow teams to take a few minutes near the beginning of a shift or before scheduled cases get underway to be sure essential resources are in place; high stakes processes identified; and risk mitigation plans known to and accepted by all. So how can clinicians use team briefings to mitigate medication risks? Consider starting with the most obvious: Call out patients who are receiving medications that "bear a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error." More

New Medicaid rules hurt some pharmacies
The Advocate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

 In the News

Pediatricians' group urges flu shot for kids aged 6 months and up
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The leading pediatricians' group in the United States is again urging parents to get all children aged 6 months or over immunized in preparation for the coming flu season. In its updated guidelines published online in the journal Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics also urged that anyone charged with regular care of a young child — a parent or daycare-center worker, for example — also be immunized, a strategy aimed at protecting kids called "cocooning." More

PharmaNet system dramatically reduced inappropriate prescriptions of potentially addictive drugs
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A centralized prescription network providing real-time information to pharmacists in British Columbia, Canada, resulted in dramatic reductions in inappropriate prescriptions for opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines, widely used and potentially addictive drugs. The findings are reported in a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal. More

Which vaccines do college students need?
Medscape (free subscription)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

Pharmacist slates methadone scheme
The Irvine Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

 FDA News

Pfizer kinase inhibitor approved for CML
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pfizer Inc. recently announced the approval of bosutinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, as a second-line agent for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia in adults. Labeling for the drug states that it is indicated for use in patients with chronic, accelerated or blast-phase Philadelphia chromosome-positive CML who did not tolerate other therapy or whose illness did not respond to past treatment. More

FDA sued by consumer group over Alzheimer drug dosage
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Higher doses of a drug sold by Eisai Co. Ltd. and Pfizer Inc. to treat Alzheimer's disease should be halted because of potentially life-threatening side effects, a consumer group claimed in a lawsuit filed in Washington. U.S. regulators approved a 23 milligram dose in July 2010, four months before a patent on Aricept's 10 milligram dose expired. Patients taking the larger amount had more side effects than the 10 milligram level, including nausea, vomiting and gastrointestinal bleeding, according to the complaint. More

FDA panel backs cystic fibrosis drug
Reuters via Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drug advisers backed a new form of Novartis AG's inhaled antibiotic that treats a lung infection linked to cystic fibrosis. A panel of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 13 to 1 that Novartis had demonstrated that its tobramycin inhalation powder, or TIP, was safe and effective. The FDA usually follows panel recommendations, although it is not required to do so, and will make a final decision later. More


AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Danielle Wegert, Content Editor, 469.420.2696   
Contribute news

This edition of the AzPA Pharmacy Flash was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here — it's free!
Recent issues
Sept. 11, 2012
Sept. 4, 2012
Aug. 28, 2012
Aug. 21, 2012

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063