AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Apr. 16, 2013

Congratulations to this year's University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year and Rookie Preceptor of the Year!
Boesen Family Preceptor of the Year is Amber Pate with Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Tucson, Ariz.

Labbe Family "Rookie" Preceptor of the Year is Kert Shuster of Rainbow Pharmacy in Kihei, Hawaii More

Call for feedback
The Arizona Delegates to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists are Mindy (Throm) Burnworth, Carol Rollins, Christi Jen and Mitch Buckley (alternate). We are contacting you to ask for your feedback on the proposed policies and recommendations that ASHP will be voting on this June at the ASHP Summer Meeting. Please forward along your comments or suggestions by Wednesday, April 19 at 12 noon. Go to the website to view the document.

Responsibilities of ASHP state delegates include:

  1. Developing an understanding of the issues on the House of Delegates agenda
  2. Learning the perspectives of ASHP members in the state on those issues (please forward your comments/suggestions),
  3. Participating in a Regional Delegate Conference (scheduled for May),
  4. Participating in the House of Delegates session (scheduled for June), and
  5. Reporting back to ASHP members in the state on the outcome of the House session (will occur post Summer Meeting)
Please forward your comments or suggestions.More

Register now for the AzPA Spring Clinical Symposium

Collaboration for Improvement in Patient Outcomes

Presented by the AzPA Health-System Academy

Date: Saturday, April 27
Location: Banner Desert Medical CenterMore

Save the date

Friday, May 3

Geriatric Pharmacy Roundtable: A Focus on Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

Midwestern University College of Pharmacy Glendale


2013 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention & Trade Show

Watch your mailbox for complete information about the 2013 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention & Trade Show, June 27-30 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz.

Pharmacy: A Global ProfessionMore

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Changes to psychiatry's 'bible' could widen definition of ADHD
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Want to be published?
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 pharmaceutical 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

FDA ups pressure on specialty pharmacies ahead of hearing
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Elderly patients routinely prescribed risky drugs
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Doctors in the United States routinely prescribe potentially harmful drugs to older patients, and the problem is particularly acute in the South, a new study shows. The analysis found that more than 1 in 5 seniors on Medicare in the South were prescribed medications that health authorities have specifically advised doctors to avoid giving to older patients because of their severe side effects. More

Multiple vaccines safe, not linked to autism
Paul Offit, from the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses an article that was recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics by Frank DeStefano and co-workers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looking at the relationship between vaccines and autism.More

Bankruptcy estate of meningitis-linked pharmacy to battle states
The bankruptcy estate of the pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak plans to battle nearly 30 states to preserve its right to redeem several million dollars worth of insurance policies for creditors. The insurance policies are key assets in New England Compounding Center's bankruptcy estate.More

FDA wants pharmacies to remove products received from Shamrock Medical
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Without mentioning the word recall, the FDA recently posted a notice advising pharmacies and other customers of Shamrock Medical Solutions Group LLC to take action to ensure drug products from that company are not administered to patients. The agency said these products "may be mislabeled."More

Diclegis approved for morning sickness
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Pneumococcal vaccine recommendations updated
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