AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Jan. 22, 2014

Registration now open for the Arizona Pharmacy Symposium presented by the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation and sponsored by Cardinal Health

Date: Feb. 22
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Pharmacy Day at the State Capitol — PD@C Feb. 12
New this year! Free law CE: Grassroots Involvement in the Policymaking ProcessMore

47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar — March 7-9
We are pleased to announce a partnership with The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the Arizona Pharmacy Association in offering the 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar.

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AzPA Psychiatric Certificate Program — Assessing, Monitoring, and Managing Patients with Psychiatric Disorders

Date: March 7
Location: Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, Ariz.
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Have a heart: A pharmacist's reflection on medicine adherence
By Jason Poquette
We know that compliance with prescribed medication therapies is embarrassingly low. So have a heart, and teach your patients how to take their prescription medication. It's more important than you might think. In fact, results from a recent study suggest that greater adherence to prescribed therapies following a myocardial infarction significantly improve results and reduce readmissions to the hospital.More

Pharmacists conduct flu, strep tests
Supermarket News
Eighty Midwest pharmacies are taking part in a study aimed at improving patient outcomes by having specially trained pharmacists conduct free flu and strep throat tests, and in some, cases fill matching prescriptions under a collaborative practice agreement with physicians.More

Why are so many patients noncompliant?
If you're baffled by how many of your patients, particularly those with chronic conditions, don't take their medications as prescribed — if at all — you're not alone. Doctors from coast to coast feel frustrated by the same thing.More

New York City gets a luxury pharmacy
When was the last time you walked into a pharmacy, described your ailment and had a pharmacist whip up a wellness drink designed to treat you on the spot? That's how 40-year-old Stanley George runs his new, luxury pharmacy in New York City's Lower East Side. More

Sleep hormone tied to possible lower prostate cancer risk
HealthDay News
A link may exist between the sleep hormone melatonin and prostate cancer, according to a new study. But experts say it's too early for men to start popping melatonin supplements to help prevent the disease.More

Pharmacists ask to be allowed to run pot dispensaries
Chicago Tribune
Pharmacist Joseph Friedman has a dream to open his own medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois. Who better to oversee the recently legalized sale of medicinal pot, he asks, than pharmacists, who understand dosing, side effects and drug interactions?More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Pharmacy Flash, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the healthcare industry, your knowledge lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

HPV vaccine and others safe, effective when coadministered
Adding a human papillomavirus vaccine to a child's other immunizations does not affect the safety or efficacy of any of the vaccines involved, a new study suggests.More

Pharmacists ranked No. 2 in honesty/ethics, but ...
By Jason Poquette
Much talk has been generated recently among the members of the pharmacist profession about the No. 2 ranking we achieved in honesty/ethics in the latest Gallup poll.More

Study: Probiotic drops might ease colic
HealthDay News
Infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic, acid reflux and constipation, according to Italian researchers.More

HPV vaccine and others safe, effective when coadministered
Adding a human papillomavirus vaccine to a child's other immunizations does not affect the safety or efficacy of any of the vaccines involved, a new study suggests.More

FDA asks healthcare professionals to reduce acetaminophen doses
Pharmacy Times
The FDA has asked healthcare professionals to stop prescribing and dispensing prescription painkillers that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet, due to concerns regarding potential liver damage. More

Patient knowledge and use of acetaminophen in OTC medications
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
The object of the study was to evaluate patient knowledge of over-the-counter products containing acetaminophen and to determine patients' accuracy in dosing adult, child and infant formulations.More

NCPA supports Senate bill allowing pharmacy deliveries of diabetes testing supplies
New legislation to allow independent community pharmacies to provide same-day delivery of diabetes testing supplies to Medicare beneficiaries should be enacted into law, the National Community Pharmacists Association urged.More