AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Feb. 12, 2014

Southern Arizona rabies advisory
Arizona Department of Health Services
The Arizona Departments of Health Services, Agriculture, and Game and Fish want to alert Arizonans to an increase in rabid skunks in two southern counties. Since the beginning of 2014, 13 rabid skunks have been identified in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. In 2013, a total of 17 rabid skunks were identified in these areas.

People who are bitten or otherwise exposed to a potentially rabid animal should contact their healthcare provider immediately to get preventative medication. While rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear, preventive medication can prevent the symptoms. More

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

Date: March 7
Location: Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, Ariz.
Click here to learn more.More

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.

Keynote General Session
Saturday, March 8
Pharmacists as Providers

Guest Speakers:

Thomas Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, Sc.D.,
Executive Vice President and CEO,
American Pharmacists Association
David Chen, R.Ph., MBA, Director,
Pharmacy Practice Sections and Director,
Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers,
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Liposome-bupivacaine showing promise in postoperative pain management
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Postoperative pain management is necessary to prevent mortality and to improve general body function after surgery. Opioids are commonly used to reduce postsurgical pain. However, they are associated with many side effects. The potential to be able to provide a long duration of analgesic effect with a single drug dose at the time of surgery is considered as important. In a recent study in the Journal of Pain Research, a formulation of bupivacaine and liposome was developed to be applied for a prolonged postsurgical pain relief, which was less toxic as compared to free bupivacaine.More

Florida lawmakers propose reforms to abusive audits that undermine patient care, pharmacists and state revenue
Two Florida lawmakers have introduced legislation in the Florida State Senate and Florida House of Representatives, respectively, that would apply common sense standards to pharmacy audits and rein-in abusive practices that are harming patient care, small-business community pharmacies and state revenue, the National Community Pharmacists Association said.More

CVS: Tobacco products gone by Oct. 1
Calling the decision "simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company," CVS Caremark will stop selling all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations by Oct. 1, the company recently announced. More

Better package design helps prevent drug errors
Pharmacy Practice News
Efforts by manufacturers to improve the way they label and package drugs — prompted by new guidelines issued by the FDA just over a year ago — have been largely successful, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The recommendations have made many companies prioritize the information on labels, avoid too similar designs among different products and standardize ways to indicate drug strengths.More

Experimental 'implanted insulin' device seeks to control blood sugar levels
HealthDay News
A so-called implantable insulin delivery device could one day free people with Type 1 diabetes from the need for multiple daily injections, scientists say. More

Pharmacy residents show worth in geriatric clinic
Pharmacy Practice News
Pharmacists are acutely aware of the problems associated with polypharmacy, especially in the geriatric population. Defined as administration of more medicines than are clinically indicated, polypharmacy increases vulnerability to adverse drug events and negative health outcomes.More

NSAIDs not associated with increased miscarriage risk
Pharmacy Times
A study found no significant association between use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by pregnant women and miscarriage, but its authors noted the need for further research. More

Medication problems: Taking drugs at wrong times
"Lynette" was taking 16 different medications. Some were for hypertension, others for diabetes, and others still for heart disease, along with a handful of supplements. More

FDA considers loosening naproxen's CV warning
Data published since 2006 suggest that naproxen does not pose the same cardiovascular risks as other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to Food and Drug Administration reviewers.More

Many bipolar patients take multiple psychiatric meds
HealthDay News
Many people with bipolar disorder take multiple medications to manage the symptoms, which can be extremely challenging, a new study reveals. More

NSAIDs not associated with increased miscarriage risk
Pharmacy Times
A study found no significant association between use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by pregnant women and miscarriage, but its authors noted the need for further research. More

Q-and-A with Dr. Sharon Hertz: Acetaminophen, opioids and safety
Can you review the epidemiologic data on liver injury associated with use of acetaminophen? Has there been a change since the first recommendation issued to manufacturers in January 2011? Just how big a problem is this?More

Psychological nudge helps reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing
Pharmacy Times
Clinicians whose offices displayed a letter in which they committed to prescribing antibiotics appropriately reduced their rate of inappropriate prescribing, a study finds. More