AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Mar. 25, 2015

APF Fun Run 5K to support pharmacy education
AzPA is hosting its 2nd Fun Run of 2015. Join your colleagues and friends for a 5K run — or walk — outside the beautiful Westin La Paloma Resort Sunday morning June 28. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation — our 501(c) 3 nonprofit that provides funds, materials and resources to the pharmacy profession and the public in order to further pharmacy patient-centered care. Participate in this fun event by selecting the APF Fun Run ticket during your Annual Convention registration. For more information, visit More

LAST WEEK TO SAVE $50: AzPA Women's Reproductive Health Certificate Program
Register before March 30 and save $50 with early bird pricing. Join us April 25 in Phoenix to discuss the management and care of commonly encountered female reproductive issues such as contraception, menstrual disorders, infertility and pregnancy. Register at! More

2015 AzPA Annual Convention OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
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 More

4 certificate programs offered June 25
Attend one of four certificate programs this June with AzPA. For this first time ever, the Arizona Pharmacy Association is offering APhA's new Cardiovascualar Disease Certificate Program — assess risk, promote cardiovascular disease prevention and encourage patient adherence to therapy. For the last time this year, we are also conducting Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care program and AzPA's Psychiatric Certificate Program. Or receive your Immunization Training Certificate. It's all happening in Tucson at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

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Are metrics to blame for pharmacy errors?
By Jason Poquette
I typically don't fill out online surveys. But this one came from a pharmacy association that I respect in the state I graduated. It also happened to be on a topic I'm pretty passionate about. The title of the study for which the survey provided data was "Evaluation of pharmacy metric and workload factors impact on patient safety." For those not otherwise aware of it, pharmacy "metrics" are a mechanism used by various chain pharmacies to monitor different elements of the prescription-filling process in an effort to encourage a "go faster at any cost" atmosphere in the workplace.More

New type of cholesterol drug could prove costly
The Wall Street Journal
The issue is being widely debated as preliminary evidence suggests a pair of experimental medicines cannot only sharply lower so-called bad cholesterol, but may also reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And if more definitive data to be released in two years confirms these newly released findings, the drugs may transform treatment of coronary artery disease.More

Rex the Robot is freeing up pharmacists
If you're a student, retiree, staff or faculty member who's picked up one of the thousands of prescriptions that Penn State's University Health Center fills each year, you can probably thank Rex that you got what the doctor ordered. Rex is a robot ... and he's responsible for counting the pills that end up in your pill bottle. WPSU-FM intern Julianne Tarullo visited UHC to find out more about the robot behind the counter.More

Newly approved Type 2 diabetes treatment now available in pharmacies
Pharmacy Times
Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly's empagliflozin and linagliptin Type 2 diabetes treatment is now available by prescription at pharmacies across the United States, including Walgreen and Rite Aid. More

Low vitamin D linked to depression in young women
Pharmacy Times
Vitamin D insufficiency may raise the odds of depressive symptoms in college-aged women. Discussing the study's findings, which were published in Psychiatry Research, lead author David Kerr, told Pharmacy Times that patients who consume vitamin D-fortified foods may be surprised to learn that they are still at risk for vitamin D insufficiency. More

Report: Label design may affect risk of medication errors in OR
Medical News Today
Special redesigned labels for intravenous medication bags may help to prevent serious medication errors in the operating room, reports a study in the March issue of the Journal of Patient Safety. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. More

Acne patients: 'Substantial proportion' fail to collect prescribed treatment
Medical News Today
Among 143 patients under the care of dermatologists for their acne, just over a quarter failed to collect prescriptions from the pharmacy in a study published online in JAMA Dermatology. More

Cholic acid approved for bile synthesis disorders
The FDA's approval of a new drug application for cholic acid oral capsules marks the first time children and adults with certain rare bile acid synthesis disorders will be able to receive FDA-sanctioned therapy for the condition, the agency announced March 17. More

'White out' glitch reveals lethal-injection pharmacy
The Tennessean via USA Today
After a fight all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court to keep the names of people involved in executions private, attorneys say the state Department of Corrections has inadvertently released one of the names. A bad "white out" job is to blame, according to attorneys for a group of death row inmates challenging the state's lethal injection protocol.More