AzPA Pharmacy Flash
May. 21, 2014

Registration now available for the 2014 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention
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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

Immunization Certificate Program
AzPA


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

The only primary care provider who isn't officially a provider
By Greg L. Alston
What if the federal government told you that pharmacists were not healthcare providers even though they have been providing healthcare since the birth of our nation? Curiously enough, Section 1861 of the Social Security Act recognizes audiologists, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, licensed clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and registered dietitians as providers but fails to recognize pharmacists.More

Pharmacists can play key role in bariatrics
Pharmacy Practice News
Pharmacists in many practice settings can play a key role in managing chronically obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery, according to three pharmacists who have helped bolster their facilities' ability to manage the clinical needs of these complex patients.More

Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of AzPA Pharmacy Flash, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the healthcare 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

Recent advances in nanohybrid hydrogels for drug delivery
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Hydrogels are preferred materials for drug delivery due to their soft, elastomeric nature as well as their high water-retaining capability. The only problem is they have poor mechanical strength, but that can be improved by the incorporation of nanoparticles. Nanohybrids — containing the composites of carbon nanotubes, or CNTs — and polymeric hydrogels are considered as promising drug-delivery materials in recent research. These nanohybrids possess the properties of both CNTs and hydrogels with improved mechanical, physiochemical and biological properties.More

End-to-end audits for pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice News
Revenue cycle. End-to-end audits. We often hear these terms bandied about as being important, but do you really understand what they mean and why they're important to you in the pharmacy? And even more importantly, how your procedures, actions can have a profound effect on reimbursement?More

Delaying childhood vaccines ups postvaccine seizure risk
Medscape
Delaying the first measles-mumps-rubella vaccine or the first measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccine beyond the age of 15 months may more than double a 2-year-old's risk for postvaccination seizures, researchers report in an article published in Pediatrics.More

Top 100 most prescribed, top-selling drugs
Medscape
The hypothyroid medication levothyroxine continues to be the nation's most prescribed drug, and the antipsychotic aripiprazole continues to have the highest sales, at nearly $6.9 billion, according to the latest data from research firm IMS Health.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

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 identifies bad cholesterol as an important culprit in metastasis.More

System 'prints' precise drug dosages tailored for patients
Medical News Today
Researchers have created a prototype system that uses a mathematical model to predict — and a portable inkjet technology to produce — precise medication dosages tailored for specific patients, an advance in personalized medicine that could improve drug effectiveness and reduce adverse reactions. More

NSAIDs in the elderly: Another cautionary result
Pharmacy Times
Current and recent users of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were significantly more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, according to the results of a new study. More

Top 100 most prescribed, top-selling drugs
Medscape
The hypothyroid medication levothyroxine continues to be the nation's most prescribed drug, and the antipsychotic aripiprazole continues to have the highest sales, at nearly $6.9 billion, according to the latest data from research firm IMS Health.More

Over-the-counter medicine not the best option for asthma
Medical News Today
For the approximately 25 million Americans who have asthma, quick relief medication is a lifeline when breathing becomes difficult. But what many asthma sufferers may not realize is there is a drastic difference between prescription medication and what is available for purchase over the counter. More