AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Mar. 4, 2015

2015 AzPA Annual Convention OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
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Join us for three days of continuing education and networking June 26-28 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson. Choose to attend the full conference, or specify a single day. AzPA members receive a reduced rate. Not a member? Don't worry. Your three-day convention rate includes one year AzPA membership. Register now at azpharmacy.org/Convention2015. More

Medication Synchronization: Passed in the Senate Feb. 23
AzPA
The Arizona Pharmacy Association is working to support the Medication Synchronization bill. This legislation can improve adherence when patients are on a regular chronic medication regimen. It refers to the process of a pharmacy coordinating all of a patient's chronic prescription medications to be billed on the same date each month. This model provides a more coordinated level of care which results in healthier, more adherent patients. Medication Synchronization bill has passed in the Arizona Senate and has moved to the House of Representatives Follow the bill at https://trackbill.com/bill/AZ/2015/SB1288/prescription-drug-coverage-medication-synchronizat

To find out how you can help, contact the Association at www.azpharmacy.org.More

NEW AzPA Women's Reproductive Health Certificate Program
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We are excited to unveil our new certificate program April 25th in Phoenix. Topics will focus on the management and care of commonly encountered female reproductive issues such as contraception, menstrual disorders, infertility and pregnancy. Registration is now available! Visit azpharmacy.org/event/WomenHealth2015. More

Are there too many pharmacy schools?
By Jason Poquette
The founding dean of the new Chapman University School of Pharmacy recently answered that question with a resounding "no." Ronald P. Jordan defended his school's existence — and that of many other newly opening schools — by arguing that many career opportunities exist for pharmacists. Readers, however, were not equally optimistic — calling this latest school just another product of the "diploma mill" mentality of modern pharmacy education. So what is the real deal? The answer really depends on who you ask.More

Could Claritin cure Lyme disease?
Pharmacy Times
An OTC allergy medication may be able to kill the bacteria behind Lyme disease, bringing researchers closer to developing the first targeted therapy for the debilitating infection. More

FDA approves Avycaz for complicated UTIs and IAIs
Pharmacy Practice News
The FDA approved ceftazidime-avibactam to treat adults with complicated intraabdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections, including pyelonephritis.More

Bill would allow psychologists to prescribe medication
KTVB-TV
Aside from doctors — including psychiatrists — only nurse practitioners and physician's assistants can prescribe medication in Idaho. However, that is changing around the country, allowing psychologists to write prescriptions, too.More

3-D printing offers innovative method to deliver medication
Society of Interventional Radiology via Medical Xpress
Three-dimensional printing could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs, with clinicians having the ability to construct devices to a specific size and shape. Researchers and engineers collaborated to print catheters, stents and filaments that were bioactive, giving these devices the ability to deliver antibiotics and chemotherapeutic medications to a targeted area in cell cultures.More

Retail clinics competing with physician offices spurs antibiotic prescribing
Pharmacy Times
Antibiotic prescribing rates tend to rise when retail clinics and physician offices compete for patients in affluent areas with abundant access to healthcare professionals. More

Bipartisan, bicameral bill would add pharmacist services to Medicare
AJHP via ASHP
On back-to-back legislative days in late January, Democratic and Republican representatives and senators in Congress introduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. More

Medicare updates pharmacy practice expectations for critical access hospitals
AJHP via ASHP
A Jan. 16 directive to state survey agencies gives new details about Medicare's expectations for compounding practices and other pharmacy activities at critical access hospitals.More

Taming drug-induced bowel dysfunction in the ICU
Pharmacy Practice News
Prevention is the best medicine for thwarting drug-induced diarrhea and constipation —l two common causes of bowel dysfunction that can complicate the care of patients in the ICU, according to two experts who detailed their management tips at the 44th Annual Critical Care Congress.More

With kids' antipsychotic treatment on the rise, study looks at prescriber decision-making
University of Vermont via Medical Xpress
More kids nationwide are taking medications designed to treat, such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and pediatricians and psychiatrists at the University of Vermont want to know why.More

Increasing burden of Clostridium difficile infection in the United States
APhA
Clostridium difficile infection caused nearly 500,000 infections among patients in the United States in 2011, CDC reports. In addition, C. diff was linked to about 29,000 deaths.More

FDA issues warning about diabetes medication injection pens
Medscape
The FDA will now require a "for single patient use only" warning on all multidose pen devices used for injectable diabetes medications. The measure is aimed at reducing potential transmission of infection from one patient to another when they share pen devices. There is a risk even if the needle is changed because blood can remain inside the pen, the FDA notes in an alert.More