AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Feb. 4, 2015

Federal provider legislation introduced
On Jan. 28, the federal provider status legislation was reintroduced in the House of Representatives. The bill — introduced by Reps. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky; G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina; Todd Young, R-Indiana; and Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin — is called the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act H.R. 592. Similar to 2014's, H.R. 4190, the provisions will provide access to pharmacist provided patient care services to patients in medically underserved communities. This bill and its forthcoming companion bill in the Senate is the key priority for the Patient Access to Pharmacists' Care Coalition (PAPCC), which Arizona Pharmacy Association, participates in through the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. Click here to view the press release from the American Pharmacists Association. More

Annual Preceptors' CE Event: This Saturday, Feb. 7
The Midwestern University and University of Arizona Colleges of Pharmacy are proud to sponsor another AzPA-accredited two-hour CE on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.

This event is exclusively for our valued preceptors! The presentations are:

  1. Evaluating Students' Clinical Reasoning Skills: The One Minute Preceptor and SNAPPS Models
  2. FERPA: Student Privacy Rights — How to protect yourself from violations.
This is great opportunity to meet and mingle with other preceptors while completing some required CE's and enjoying a networking lunch with prizes!

$10 for AzPA Members, $20 for nonmembers

Register today: More

Become certified in anticoagulation management
Does your employer require you to have anticoagulation training? Do you need a refresher? Register for our Anticoagulation program Feb. 20 in Tucson. Don't wait too long! Fourteen hours of home study is required prior to attending the live session. Register today! More

Pharmacy Day at the Capitol: PHOTOS
Last week's Pharmacy Day at the Capitol was a success. Pharmacy students from the University of Arizona and Midwestern University-Glendale did a great job discussing Med Synch, Immunization Expansion, hypertension, diabetes care and more with legislatures and their staff. Thank you to all those who joined us. View photos on the AzPA Facebook page. More

3 weeks left to register: Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar
Spend a weekend with AzPA in Tucson next month. Learn more about healthcare financing. Gain knowledge in HIV management. Become an educator in travel health safety. Then network during an evening reception. All during the seminar Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 21-22. Register today. More

Thoughts on ordering, stocking, dispensing thousand-dollar pills
By Jason Poquette
A lot of talk has been going around about how health plans are figuring out which HCV treatment they will place on their preferred formulary. AbbVie and Gilead have been throwing punches, trying to muscle their way into more market share. But not a lot has been said about what ordering and stocking a drug like Harvoni involves from the pharmacy side. For pharmacies who serve health plans with open networks, determining how (or if) to pursue this line of business is a big decision.More

Certain heart drug, antibiotic combo might be fatal for seniors
HealthDay News
The combination of a widely used heart medication and a commonly prescribed antibiotic seems to more than double the risk of sudden death in seniors, a new study says. Spironolactone is a diuretic widely used in treating heart failure. It protects the heart by blocking a hormone that causes salt and fluid buildup.More

FDA approves new Type 2 diabetes treatment
Pharmacy Times
The FDA recently approved Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly's empagliflozin and linagliptin as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes who can be treated with both of the drug's active ingredients individually. More

New Tamiflu study suggests drug does reduce flu impact considerably
Medical News Today
A new analysis of research regarding oseltamivir — marketed and commonly referred to as Tamiflu — has found that the drug reduces the duration of flu symptoms and the risk of respiratory tract infections, according to its authors. More

Study: Medication problems may spur many child ER trips
HealthDay News
Medication-related problems — from side effects to improper use — may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded.More

Over-the-counter sleep aids linked to dementia
Medical News Today
A new study has found a significant link between high use of anticholinergic drugs — including popular nonprescription sleep aids and the antihistamine Benadryl — and increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people.More

How pharmacists can help patients at risk for suicide
In 2003, Dr. C. Patrick Tharp, BSPharm, founded Pharmacists Preventing Suicides — a St. Louis–based group that focuses on suicide prevention education, research, training, lobbying and promotion of tools — after he and his wife lost their youngest daughter, Tricia, to depression and suicide.More

Pharmacy students help pass Ohio bill, changes practices
The News Record
After only two short years of lobbying, students and faculty from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati have succeeded in passing a bill for Ohio pharmacists and pharmacy interns. More