Arizona Pharmacy Flash
Jan. 22, 2013

NYPD: 'Bait bottles' with GPS devices could help track pharmacy thieves
The New York Police Department will attempt to fight prescription drug thefts by asking pharmacies around the city to plant GPS devices in fake pill bottles, according to Commissioner Raymond Kelly. In a prepared statement for the Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Conference, Commissioner Kelly said the GPS-linked "bait bottles" will be hidden among legitimate supplies on pharmacy shelves, and will aide officers in tracking down stolen drugs immediately after a robbery.More

US Pharmacopeial Convention chooses MetricStream to strengthen quality while developing standards for the quality of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention, an internationally recognized standards-setting organization, has chosen MetricStream to monitor and enhance the quality of its operating procedures and processes, which are used to validate public quality standards for drugs, food and dietary supplements. The MetricStream solution will streamline and integrate various audits carried out across USP facilities, laboratories and processes. It will also centralize Corrective Action and Preventive Action processes, while improving document control, efficiently capturing quality issues and accelerating resolution.More

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Pharmacists as Providers — we need 25,000 signatures by Jan. 26. Learn more.More

Inaugural Southwest Pharmacy Symposium
Become a Pharmacy A.C.E. — Advocate, Communicate, Educate. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Learn more.

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Starting an emergency department pharmacy at low cost
Pharmacy Practice News
In tough economic times, it is still possible to start an emergency department pharmacy and actually save money in the process. That is the experience reported in a study of an emergency department pharmacy at Franciscan Saint Margaret Health, in Hammond, Ind. By shifting existing staff pharmacists to the ED to perform medication reconciliation, the hospital documented $225,000 in cost savings and also improved the accuracy of reconciliation efforts.More

Script changes for the long-term care pharmacy
Long-Term Living
Some long-term care facilities have access to any drug needed, 24/7. Tablets, IV bags, inhalers — all of it. No waste, no leftovers to destroy, and no need to hope the "emergency tackle box" is stocked adequately for the long holiday weekend. And, no punch cards. Interested? The relationship between long-term care and pharmacy has evolved modestly over the years, but that's changing as quickly as the burgeoning business models and emerging service lines in both industries. As long-term and post-acute care organizations expand into therapy, rehabilitation, memory care and other services, the earlier model of the stand-alone skilled nursing facility with its own proprietary pharmacy are fading away. More

The power of pharmacists in reducing readmissions
With big Medicare penalties for high readmission rates, hospitals are focusing on medication reconciliation and adherence to keep patients from bouncing back to their facilities. "Many institutions are trying their best to come up with methods to meet the requirements, and pharmacists are an integral part of the solution," Robert Lee Page II, a physical medicine clinical specialist in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and Medicine, told Pharmacy Practice News.More

Vaccines might become another way to fight cancer
HealthDay News
Most people think of the flu when the word "vaccine" comes up in conversation, but several vaccines also exist to help prevent cancers. Not only that, numerous researchers are also working to harness the power of the body's immune system to develop vaccines to help treat cancer.More

Studies support early initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV
Reuters via Medscape
Two new studies on the timing of anti-retroviral therapy for HIV infection provide "compelling" support for starting treatment early, based on evidence that it helps restore CD4 T-cells in peripheral blood. That's according to an editorial accompanying the studies in the Jan. 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Both studies "provide evidence that greater CD4+ cell recovery is achieved with earlier initiation of therapy during primary infection, but both fall short of defining a clear clinical benefit for such early treatment," Dr. Bruce Walker and Dr. Martin Hirsch from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School write in their editorial.More

Massachusetts governor proposes increased compounding pharmacy oversight
Pharmacy Times
New legislation proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick would provide for increased oversight over compounding pharmacies that operate or distribute medications in the state. The legislation, filed on Jan. 4, is designed to help prevent future incidents such as the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. The steroids, produced by the New England Compounding Center, have been associated with at least 44 deaths.More

1st recombinant flu vaccine approved
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
FDA recently approved the licensing of Flublok, the nation's first trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine that contains recombinant viral proteins instead of antigens derived from live virus. Limited amounts of Flublok will be available during the current flu season, according to Meriden, Conn.-based Protein Sciences Corporation. More

FDA approves transdermal patch for migraine
The Food and Drug Administration has approved sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system or acute treatment of adults who have migraine with or without aura. The single-use, battery-powered patch offers relief of migraine-related nausea as well as migraine headache pain. Of 16 million U.S. adults diagnosed and treated with migraine, 8 million have MRN and typically avoid use of oral medications.More

Fulyzaq approved for diarrhea in people with HIV/AIDS
HealthDay News
The first medication to treat diarrhea in people with HIV/AIDS who take anti-retroviral drugs has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Fulyzaq is sanctioned for people whose diarrhea is not caused by an infection or gastrointestinal disorder but by the anti-retroviral drugs used to combat HIV/AIDS, the FDA said in a news release. The drug is derived from the red sap of the Croton lechleri plant.More