AzPA Pharmacy Flash
May. 14, 2014

Registration now available for the 2014 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention
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Immunization Certificate Program
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Date: Thursday, June 26
Location: The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Arizona Pharmacy Immunization Delivery is an innovative and interactive educational program that provides pharmacists and student pharmacists with the skills necessary to become primary sources for vaccine advocacy, education, and administration.More

Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community
AzPA


Thursday, June 26
The Wigwam
Litchfield Park, Ariz.


Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community is an innovative and interactive certificate training program that explores the pharmacist’s role in providing MTM services to patients. Register today. More

AzPA Anticoagulation Certificate Training Program
AzPA

Thursday, June 26
The Wigwam
Litchfield Park, Ariz.


This certificate program is a comprehensive program designed to provide pharmacists with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients taking anticoagulation therapies. More

What really drives drug development inefficiencies — Part II
By Mike Wokasch
In Part I of this article, we discussed the magnitude of drug development inefficiency. With the cumulative, mind-boggling amount of money and resources dedicated to drug development, it is hard to believe that fewer than 50 new drugs get approved every year. So why is drug development so inefficient? Sure, FDA requirements for establishing definitive statistical proof of efficacy and safety play a role. The complexity of the diseases and patient-to-patient physiologic variability don’t help. But there is an even more insidious reason for drug development inefficiency.More

ISMP's 6 best practices for hospital drug safety
Pharmacy Practice News
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has issued six easy-to-implement drug safety recommendations to reduce the frequency of several serious adverse events. The "2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals" addresses errors associated with vincristine, methotrexate and glacial acetic acid use, as well as confusion with measurement units and routes of administration.More

Cancer spreads with help from bad cholesterol
Medical News Today
Once cancer starts to spread to other parts of the body — a process called metastasis — it becomes much more difficult to treat. Now in a world first, an international study published in the journal Cell Reports and led by the University of Sydney in Australia identifies bad cholesterol as an important culprit in metastasis.More

Iowa pharmacists fill allergy testing niche
AJHP News via ASHP
For more than a decade, a pharmacist-run service at an Iowa hospital that tests patients for penicillin sensitivity has faced ups and downs, but the hospital has ultimately remained committed to the program. The service, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, a 670-bed community-based teaching hospital in Des Moines, was described in the June 15, 2004, issue of AJHP.More

2nd MERS case identified in US
HealthDay News
A second case of MERS — the potentially fatal respiratory virus that initially surfaced in the Middle East two years ago — has been detected in the United States, federal health officials said. Like the first U.S. case identified, the second case involved a healthcare provider who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, the epicenter of the MERS outbreak. The second patient was being treated in an Orlando, Florida, area hospital and was said to be doing well.More

As nitro shortage eases, lessons learned for future
Pharmacy Practice News
By mid-April, the nitroglycerin shortage that had gripped hospitals for months showed some signs of abating, with Baxter, one of three major manufacturers of the drug, announcing that it had returned its customers to a 100 percent allocation following months of severe restrictions. As a result, at least one facility— Tampa General Hospital — said it was able to ease limits on the use of the critical cardiac medication.More

Reserve expensive cancer drugs for younger patients?
Medscape
Now that many of the new cancer drugs are hugely expensive, should they be reserved for use in cancer patients who are still "in their prime," but not used in elderly frail patients with numerous other comorbidities?More

The future of pharmacy jobs — Will it be feast or famine?
Medscape (commentary)
The pharmacist job market in the 1990s and up to about 2007 was characterized by a significant shortfall of pharmacists, fueled largely by a marked increase of community pharmacy positions in chain stores, supermarkets and mass merchandisers.More

FDA panel says no to over-the-counter allergy drug Singulair
HealthDay News
A panel of expert advisors to the FDA recently voted overwhelmingly against moving the allergy drug Singulair from prescription to over-the-counter status. The panel voted 11 to 4 against the sale of the popular medication without a doctor's approval.More

Students and stimulants: Risky business on college campuses
By Jason Poquette
It's finals time, and college kids are looking for any approach that will give them the edge they need on their final exams and papers. But according to a recent study, some students are consuming more than copious amounts of coffee and energy drinks to push the limits of their studying stamina. Prescription stimulant medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall, are being misused for their potential benefit to improve focus during cram sessions. As a pharmacist, I find these facts concerning, though not surprising.More

Pictures on prescriptions help illiterate patients take medicines correctly
Medical News Today
Using pictures and symbols, rather than handwritten words, on prescriptions helps illiterate patients take their medicines correctly when they leave hospital, say doctors. The idea was first tested in a hospital in Pakistan using simple pictures of the sun, moon and stars to help patients understand when and how long to take their medication for. More

APhA opposes DEA proposal to reschedule hydrocodone
APhA
Opposing DEA's proposal to reschedule hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II, APhA's government affairs team led the development and submission of a joint pharmacy stakeholder comment letter to the agency. The joint pharmacy comments acknowledge the seriousness of prescription drug abuse but emphasize that rescheduling may not have an effect on decreasing abuse and would have a negative impact on legitimate patient access to these effective pain medications.More

Reserve expensive cancer drugs for younger patients?
Medscape
Now that many of the new cancer drugs are hugely expensive, should they be reserved for use in cancer patients who are still "in their prime," but not used in elderly frail patients with numerous other comorbidities?More