AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Jan. 7, 2015

PTCB Reminder: Continuing education requirements for recertification are changing
Any continuing education hours earned by a Certified Pharmacy Technician on or after Jan. 1 will need to be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter to count toward recertification. This new requirement will not apply to CE hours completed on or before Dec. 31, 2014. For example, if a CPhT is due to recertify in November 2015, he or she may have already completed some CE hours during 2013 or 2014, and plans to complete the remaining ones during 2015. PTCB will accept any CE hours completed before Dec. 31 that are pharmacy-related and acceptable under PTCB's current recertification policy. PTCB will not accept CE programs completed in 2015 or later that are not pharmacy technician-specific.

In addition to this change, beginning in 2015, PTCB will reduce the number of allowable CE hours earned through in-service training from 10 to five. The updated requirements are part of a set of Certification Program changes announced by PTCB in early 2013 to advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for certification and recertification. The revised requirements are meant to ensure that CPhTs are continually educated through programs that are specific to the demands placed on CPhTs in today's pharmacy settings.

View the fact sheet for CPhTs on CE requirement changes in 2015. More

Planning on attending the Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar?
Book your hotel room at the JW Marriott as soon as possible. AzPA has reserved a block of rooms for seminar participants, but we can only hold them until Jan. 9. Get your conference rate room today at More

1 WEEK LEFT TO SAVE: Anticoagulation Certificate Program & Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar
This February, join AzPA in Tucson for your professional development. On Friday, Feb. 20, become certified in anticoagulation management. Then Saturday and Sunday attend the Southwestern Clinical for sessions on drug updates, medication adherence, pharmacy law, infectious diseases and more. But hurry. Early bird pricing for both events end Jan. 16. More

Become a member of the Arizona Pharmacy Association today!
As a member you will benefit from the following opportunities:

Check us off your to-do list today by registering at or call our office at 480.838.3385 for more information. Thank you for joining! More

2nd update regarding industry progress in implementing electronic prescribing for controlled substances
It has been four years since the Drug Enforcement Administration published its interim final rule allowing electronic prescribing for controlled substances. Over the past four years, Surescripts, as the primary network facilitating e-prescribing in the U.S., has worked with the pharmacy and prescriber application vendors that connect to its network to ensure that EPCS is implemented in the ambulatory healthcare setting in a way that is fully compliant with the DEA's EPCS rules. More

Help advance pharmacy: Support PharmPAC this new year
The Pharmacists Political Action Committee of Arizona, in conjunction with AzPA, helps advance the legislative mission of the pharmacy profession in our state. For the 2015 legislative session, PharmPAC will support the following bills:

But PharmPAC needs YOUR help! As an incentive, we are offering a drawdown. If you contribute $100 by Jan. 16, you will be entered to win 1 of 10 cash prizes. Note: Only AzPA members can participate.

Make your contribution today at More

Walgreens closes deal, begins new era in global pharmacy
Walgreens recently closed its deal with Alliance Boots, launching under a new holding company with its eyes on global expansion, a first for the retail pharmacy industry.More

Is $2.6 billion the real cost of drug development?
By Mike Wokasch
You might see an article or news headline claiming that it now costs $2.6 billion to discover, develop and get a new drug to market. The pharmaceutical industry will make sure everyone becomes aware of this staggering cost number. After all, the high risk and high cost of research are the foundation for justifying high drug prices. Every time I see these studies published, I wonder about the validity of "the number" in the context of reality. So where did this number come from? More

Pharmacies nationwide seeing Tamiflu shortages
Pharmacy Times
Pharmacies across the country are seeing a shortage in a product many patients use as a defense against the flu. Tamiflu shortages were reported in the Washington, D.C., area, according to WJLA-TV, and pharmacy representatives were recommending calling ahead to see if the product was in stock. More

Mind-altering medication: Attention hyperactivity deficit disorder drugs greatly decrease academic performance in children
Centre for Research on Globalization
Children who take mind-altering medications like Ritalin and Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have been shown in a new peer-reviewed study to perform worse in school than if they weren't taking the substances at all. More

Marijuana-based medication trials to begin in Georgia
Two clinical trials aimed at treating children with medication-resistant epilepsy with a marijuana-based extract — cannabidiol — have been approved at Georgia Regents University. And one could mean the trial expands to Savannah. The first — a two-person compassionate use protocol that received authorization from both the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — begins at Children's Hospital of Georgia. More

Compound pharmacies possible alternative to addictive medications
Digital Journal
As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse continues to proliferate, medical professionals continue to search for ways to reduce their reliance on these dangerous and addictive medications — for many, the use of compound drugs has been the answer. More

Medication may curb desire for alcohol
The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back — using a replica of a fully stocked bar. The idea: Sitting in the dimly lit bar-laboratory should cue the volunteers' brains to crave a drink and help determine if the experimental pill counters that urge. More

Community pharmacists find discussing adherence difficult
Pharmacy Times
Pharmacists find monitoring medication adherence difficult due to time constraints and other barriers, according to research published in the Journal of American Pharmacists Association. More

Licensed women surpass men in pharmacy
Women make up only a fraction of the licensed doctors, dentists, podiatrists and osteopaths in Washington, but at least one field is bucking history, boasting more women than men. According to the Department of Health, licensed female pharmacists now account for about 57 percent of all licensed pharmacists in the state. Just 10 years ago, men still held a majority. More