AzPA Pharmacy Flash
May. 13, 2015

2 weeks left to save: Annual Convention
AzPA
Early bird pricing ends May 29! Hurry. You could save $75 on registration.

Join us June 26-28 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson for CPEs, networking, and more. 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.

Register now at azpharmacy.org/Convention2015. More

Save $50: Register for 1 of 4 Certificate Programs
AzPA
Don’t miss early bird pricing — ending May 29. Register today for one of four certificate programs offered this June. 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. Join us June 25 in Tucson at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

Register at www.azpharmacy.org/events. More

Pharmacists can help patients swallow pills
By Jason Poquette
It may be a tough pill to swallow, but the medical community is becoming more aware of the number of patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules. Of course, this isn't a new issue, but a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed the problem may be more widespread than we thought. More than half of the parents polled indicated their child couldn't swallow solid dosage forms like tablets and capsules.More

Combined blood pressure and LDL cholesterol-lowering medication therapy reduces harmful coronary plaque
PRNewswire
Treating both low-density lipoprotein cholesterol with statins and blood pressure with calcium channel antagonists reduces harmful coronary plaque, according to a new study. The study found aggressive medication therapy does not provide additional benefit compared to standard cholesterol and blood pressure-lowering therapy.More

New pharmacy owner agrees to $5 million settlement in anti-kickback case
McKnight's Long-Term Care News
A North Carolina pharmacy services company agreed to pay a $5 million civil fine to settle federal anti-kickback violations alleged to have occurred under prior ownership, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced.More

New accreditation process available for compounding pharmacies
Pharmacy Practice News
United Compounding Management announced a strategic partnership with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to enhance the process and standards of accreditation for compounding pharmacies.More

Pharmacists can correct asthma controller medication underuse
Pharmacy Times
Asthma controller medications are underused in neighborhoods with high rates of asthma-related emergency room use and hospitalization, but pharmacists are in a prime position to correct it. More

Texting reduces need for pain medication during surgery
The Boston Globe
We use our cellphones for many things, but pain relief is not usually one of them. It appears, however, that text messaging may significantly reduce a patient's pain and anxiety while under the knife.More

Popular heart pill raises death risk by a third
Express.co.uk
The alert comes after a forensic examination of studies on the drug digoxin — used to treat some of the most severe types of heart disease. Evidence of its potentially catastrophic effects, that could raise the chances of dying by almost a third, have prompted experts to warn the tablet should be used with great caution.More

Generic Seasonale birth control launched by Mylan
Pharmacy Times
Mylan has begun shipping its generic version of Teva's Seasonale extended-cycle birth control pill. Levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol 0.15 mg/0.03 mg is indicated to prevent pregnancy in women who choose to use combination oral contraceptives. More