AzPA Pharmacy Flash
May. 20, 2015

1 Week Left to Save: AzPA Annual Convention
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.

Sneak peek schedule below:

Friday June 26

Saturday June 27 Sunday June 28 Download the full schedule here.

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1 Week Left to Register — 1st Annual AZ Residency Conference June 25
It's the first-ever AZ Residency Conference, and you don't want to miss it. This program provides a platform for residents and fellows to present their research. This conference also offers residents and preceptors a forum to network with colleagues. Earn up to 6 CPEs, present your research project and network. All for only $100.

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New practioner — Meet and mingle May 30
Join fellow New Practitioners for a chance to relax and unwind after a busy week. Eat, mingle and share your experiences! Appetizers provided. Free to attend. Raffle Prizes to be awarded — must be present to WIN! Bring your friends. Non-AzPA members are welcome. Show off the benefits of AzPA membership.

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Calling all Arizona health providers: Online survey
The University of Arizona, Arizona Prevention Research Center is conducting a two-minute, anonymous online survey to assess licensed health provider's perspectives on current and projected utilization and impact of Community Health Workers, in the primary care setting.More

Are pharmacists being innovated out of existence?
By Greg L. Alston
The CAPE 2013 Educational Outcomes for pharmacy education created a buzz throughout the academic pharmacy industry. As a result, we must decide how to develop the nonclinical soft skills that have been incorporated into the accreditation guidelines. One of these important new skills is the ability to become an innovator. While innovation is generally a good thing, the reality is that innovation comes in two distinct forms, according to noted Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen. And only one of those forms will lead to more jobs for pharmacists.More

Study findings on acetaminophen at odds with clinical guidelines
A recently published report in The BMJExternal Link concludes that acetaminophen doesn't do much to relieve low back pain or pain from osteoarthritis of the hip or knee despite being recommended a first-line therapy in some clinical guidelines. More

Giving infants antibiotics may spur disease in adulthood
Pharmacy Times
Infant antibiotic use may be linked with disease later in life. New research published in Cell Host and Microbe explored the association between children's antibiotic use and dysbiosis. Such imbalance in the gut microbiome may lead to adverse conditions, such as atopic disorders. More

Common overactive bladder drugs rarely resolve symptoms
Pharmacy Times
Overactive bladder affects more than 33 million individuals in the United States, or 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men. Patients can pursue several options to control their symptoms, including physical therapy and behavioral adjustments. Medication is often recommended in conjunction with these lifestyle changes, with the most common treatments being anticholinergic agents and beta 3-adrenergic agonists. More

Repurposed anti-cholesterol drug could improve treatment-resistant anemias
Pharmacy Practice News
A generic drug used to lower cholesterol might help children with Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare form of anemia that cannot be treated with erythropoietin, according to researchers from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.More

Study explains how early childhood vaccination reduces leukemia risk
University of California, San Francisco via Medical Xpress
A team led by University of California, San Francisco researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer.More

Work-life balance in healthcare: The fundamentals
By Catherine Iste
People in careers that revolve around helping others are often the worst at maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Healthcare workers are some of the most challenged employees when it comes to self-care, yet they spend every day helping others with health challenges. Yet time and again we have all seen that if we take care of ourselves, we can actually help others more. In this three-part article, we will speak with two healthcare professionals who are experts in teaching work life balance. But first, we will set the groundwork by exploring the fundamentals.More

Success of financial-incentive programs for smoking cessation
Smoking cessation programs with financial incentives are more likely to be successful than usual care, according to new research. The study, sponsored by NIH and CVS Health, involved about 2,500 CVS Health employees and their relatives. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four incentive programs or to usual care for smoking cessation.More

Stemming the tide of fake medicines
The New York Times
A flood of fraudulent medicines sold mostly in the developing world is threatening the health of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people in those nations and consumers in more advanced nations as well.More