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Community Pharmacy Academy: 3.0 hours — 0.30 CEUs — of law! Final chance to register
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Community Pharmacy Academy Conference Changes Ahead: Are You Ready?
Sept. 22, 2012 Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel

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Save the Date! AzPA Fall Pharmacy Conference
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Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Location: Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel
Pharmacy Unites to Provide Quality Patient Care

DEA Drug Take-Back Day locator now available; nationwide disposal sites to be available Sept. 29
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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.

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 Pharmacy Updates

Record 4.02 billion prescriptions in US in 2011
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People in the United States took more prescription drugs than ever last year, with the number of prescriptions increasing from 3.99 billion with a cost of $308.6 billion in 2010 to 4.02 billion with a cost of $319.9 billion in 2011. Those numbers and others appear in an annual profile of top prescription medicines published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience. More

Pharmacists explain prescription rejections
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After several metro Atlanta surgeons complained to WSB-TV that a growing number of pharmacies are refusing to fill legitimate prescriptions for pain medicine, pharmacists said they are just being cautious. An Atlanta pharmacist who requested anonymity said she turns down up to 50 prescriptions each week and is stuck in a nearly impossible situation. An Atlanta pharmacist who requested anonymity said recent police crackdowns on pill mills and more addicts hoping for an easy score have pharmacists throughout the area taking extra precautions and asking a lot more questions. More


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Pharmacies pursuing suit over Express Scripts-Medco merger
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An association of pharmacies is pushing ahead with its antitrust suit against Express Scripts Inc.'s $29.1 billion purchase of Medco Health Solutions Inc. However, a trade group for chain drug stores is dropping out of the case. The National Community Pharmacists Association has amended and refiled its original complaint, brought against pharmacy benefits managers Express Scripts and Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based Medco, with District Judge Cathy Bissoon in Pittsburgh. More

A perspective on the increase in pharmaceutical management of chronic illness in primary care: Underlying influences and unintended outcomes
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With 45 percent of the U.S. population having been diagnosed with a chronic condition and 40 percent of people older than 60 taking five or more medications, researchers raise questions about the nature of the relationship between the expanding definition of chronic illness and the explosion in pharmaceutical use in the United States. More

 In the News

Automation shines light on 'black hole' of OR drugs
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Ask pharmacy directors to cite a major safety or regulatory concern, and lack of control over medications used in the operating room will be on nearly everyone’s short list, according to Stephen L. Speth, the pharmacy manager at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington. "For quite some time, this was a black hole for us," Speth said. "I felt we had decent control of pharmaceuticals, but you never really know what goes on behind closed doors when there is no real-time information on medication use and little to no pharmacist oversight." More

Meta-analysis shows most effective anti-shivering meds
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Meperidine, tramadol and nefopam appear to be the most effective medications for post-anesthesia shivering, according to a new meta-analysis of 61 randomized trials. Along with clonidine and ketamine, which were somewhat less effective, these medications were the five most frequently studied anti-shivering medications identified in the analysis, which was published online in Critical Care Medicine. More

Chronic cough as a complication of treatment with statins
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Statins are widely used for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. In this text a case report is presented of an eighty-year-old gentleman, referred to a respiratory clinic after developing dry cough on being treated with simvastatin and fluvastatin. An attempt at switching over to a placebo was made with resolution of symptoms. This is the second described case in the literature of lone cough associated with statin therapy necessitating treatment discontinuation in our patient. Possible hypothesis are discussed as well as suggestions for further research to unravel the underlying mechanisms of this association. More

 FDA News

FDA warns of burns from muscle and joint pain busters
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Over-the-counter muscle and joint pain relievers may cause chemical burns in rare cases, U.S. health regulators warned. Products that contain menthol, methyl salicylate, or capsaicin — including major brands such as Johnson & Johnson's Bengay, Sanofi's Icy Hot, Capzasin and Flexall, and Rohto Pharmaceutical Co's Mentholatum — were found to cause first- to third-degree burns. More

FDA unveils new device that detects counterfeit drugs
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At a symposium, the Food and Drug Administration unveiled the Counterfeit Detection Device #3, a hand-held device developed by FDA scientists that can be used in the field to detect counterfeit products and packaging. "This device was designed in-house by FDA scientists in response to the needs for screening in the field," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. "It is low cost compared to other analytical devices, operates with batteries, and requires minimal training to use. It allows for 'real time' comparisons with authentic drugs — and has already proven useful for identifying counterfeit drugs at our busy international mail facilities." More

FDA approves Sanofi pill for MS
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The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a Sanofi SA pill to treat multiple sclerosis, making it the second oral therapy for the disease to be available on the U.S. market. Sanofi's new drug, teriflunomide, will be sold under the brand name Aubagio to treat people with the relapsing forms of MS. The FDA said a clinical trial showed the relapse rate for patients using Aubagio was about 30 percent lower than the rate for those taking a placebo. More

FDA approves PET imaging agent
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FDA recently announced it had approved the first choline C 11 imaging agent for use during positron emission tomography to help detect recurrent prostate cancer. The choline C 11 injection, the agency said, has been made by a few facilities in recent years, but the approval marked the first time that FDA has authorized a facility to manufacture the imaging agent. More


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