AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Apr. 22, 2015

2015 AzPA Annual Convention June 26-28
Earn 16 CPEs, meet AZ legislators, attend an awards luncheon, network, and more: all at the 2015 Annual Convention. Join us for three days at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson.

Attend sessions for hospital pharmacy, geriatric care, community pharmacy, and managed care. Specialized sessions are also available for pharmacy technicians, independent pharmacy owners and pharmacy students.

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Phoenix Kicks Butts April 20-24
The Arizona Pharmacy Association is joining multiple organizations to encourage Arizona smokers contact the Arizona Smokers' Helpline for tools to kick the addiction. Phoenix Kicks Butts is Arizona's first coordinated smoking cessation campaign focused solely on calling attention to Arizona's many resources available to help smokers quit their tobacco use.

Help us spread the word. Download the Phoenix Kicks Butts flyer here. More

Deadline Extended: 1st Annual AZ Residency Conference June 25
You still have time! Registration has been extended till June 1. The Arizona Pharmacy Association Residency Conference will provide a platform for residents and fellows to present their research. This conference also offers residents and preceptors a forum to network with colleagues. Conference attendees will have opportunities to receive teaching and training advice. Earn up to 6 CPEs! Join us at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson. Pharmacy Residents pay only $175 for the full day conference — hotel room included.

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Prior authorizations: Pharmacy's own little horror show
By Jason Poquette
Of all the scary terms in the retail pharmacy world (not to mention among doctors and their staff), surely the words "prior authorization" are the worst. They are the seven syllables of death. They are the Freddy Kruger and Chucky and Cujo of our prescription-filling screen show all rolled up into one. We hate them. What we are talking about is the situation where a prescription is ordered and, when trying to fill it, the patient's insurance denies the claim indicating that "prior authorization" is required.More

Popular painkiller may subdue positive feelings
Pharmacy Times
In addition to relieving pain, acetaminophen may cause patients to experience less intense emotional responses. More

Maple syrup helps antibiotics defeat bacteria
Medical News Today
Inappropriate and overuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of drug-resistant strains and superbugs — a major public health problem that is in urgent need of solutions. Now, a team of researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, suggests one solution may lie in the sap of trees that are abundant in North America.More

Researchers inching closer to effective Ebola vaccine
By Katina Smallwood
A new Ebola vaccine being developed by drugmaker Profectus now has substantial data supporting its efficacy. A report recently published in the journal Nature highlights the company's clinical trials testing the new vaccine on monkeys. The newly published data and funding has positioned Profectus as the frontrunner in the race to develop an Ebola vaccine, but Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have also developed vaccines that are being used to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More

FDA approves ivabradine to treat heart failure
The FDA has approved ivabradine, an oral medication indicated to reduce the risk of hospitalization for worsening heart failure in patients with stable, symptomatic chronic heart failure with left ventricular ejection fraction of 35 percent or less, who are in sinus rhythm with resting heart rate of 70 beats per minute or more and either are on maximally tolerated doses of beta blockers or have a contraindication to beta-blocker use. More

Workers seeking productivity in a pill are abusing ADHD drugs
The New York Times
Fading fast at 11 p.m., Elizabeth texted her dealer and waited just 30 minutes for him to reach her third-floor New York apartment. She handed him a wad of twenties and fifties, received a tattered envelope of pills and returned to her computer. Her PowerPoint needed another four hours. Investors in her health-technology startup wanted recrunched numbers, a presentation begged for bullet points and emails from global developers would keep arriving well past midnight. She gulped down one pill — pale orange, like baby aspirin — and then, reconsidering, took one of the pinks, too.More

Pharmacist: Obamacare means more filled orders
The Courier-Journal
Before Obamacare went into effect, clinic pharmacist Stephanie Scott says many patients would fill only prescriptions they considered absolutely necessary. "Now, they're getting more medicines filled," said Scott, who works at the Eula Hall Health Center, a sliding-scale clinic in Floyd County, Kentucky, that has traditionally served the uninsured. "They'll get everything that was prescribed versus just the pills they could afford before."More

Epilepsy drug could protect eyesight of MS patients
Medical News Today
Sometimes solutions can seem to come from the unlikeliest of places. In this case, researchers have found that a drug commonly taken to prevent seizures in people with epilepsy could protect people with multiple sclerosis from the effects of an associated eye condition. More

FDA approves Glatopa for MS
Pharmacy Practice News
The FDA approved Glatopa, the first generic version of Teva's Copaxone once-daily therapy for multiple sclerosis.More