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  • 1. CMS:Preview/Send Your Account GSHP News Content Newsletter Design Preview/Send News Log-Out Preview Production Calendar Newsletter Archive You can preview your newsletter as many times as you like. When you are ready to "publish", enter an E-mail address in the box below, click on the checkbox and then click on the "publish newsletter" button. deliver to Publish/E-mail Newsletter   multiple addresses? | About GSHP | ASHP | How You Can Join | Contact Us |   June 2012 Announcements GSHP Membership Dues GSHP Newsletter Click here to pay your Welcome to the GSHP Newsletter. We hope you will enjoy the new revised GSHP membership dues newsletter filled with Georgia and National news and information. web link In this issue are: GSHP 2012 Call for Award Nominations About GSHP No More Blue Wall Licenses and Pocket Cards-From Secretary of State GSHP 2012 Summer meeting, July 20-22 2012 Summer Meeting Poster Session Information Get more out of your GSHP membership Georgia Society of Health- web link System Pharmacists (GSHP) is a professional society of pharmacists and related personnel practicing in Headlines organized healthcare settings. GSHP News Mission Statement GSHP 2012 Summer meeting, July 20-22 Helping our members GSHP 2012 Summer Meeting, July 20-22 Poster Session become better practitioners. Call for Award Nominations No More Blue Wall Licenses and Pocket Cards-From Secretary of State Motto Get the Most Out of Your GSHP Membership Bringing pharmacy practice into focus. ASHP News Clark to Receive ASHP John W. Webb Lecture Award Erin Fox to Receive ASHP Award of Excellence Georgia Society of Health- FDA Approves Pertuzumab for Breast Cancer System Pharmacists Sandoz Recalls Introvale Oral Contraceptive 3015 Shannon Lakes North Suite 303 Pharmacy News Tallahassee, FL 32309 Hospitals Fight Drug Scarcity, Fear Patients Harmed               (800) 913-4747       Senate passes FDA Bill That Could Alleviate Drug Shortages • e-mail link College of Pharmacy Reaches out to City Middle-Schoolers • web link Anticoagulants the Leading Reported Drug Risk in 2011 FDA Warns Consumers About Counterfeit Version of Tevas Adderall Pharmacists Help Teams Improve BP Control Association of Aspirin Use With Major Bleeding in Patients With andhttp://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 2. CMS:Preview/Send Without Diabetes State Allows Pharmacies to Offer More Vaccines NY Pharmacist Backs Online Prescription Program Hospital-Acquired Infections Linked to Higher Readmission Rates About ASHP GSHP News ASHP is a 35,000-member national professional GSHP 2012 Summer meeting, July 20-22 association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations,   long-term care facilities, home care, and other   components of health care systems. ASHP is the only Amelia Island Plantation national organization of hospital and health-system   pharmacists and has a long Amelia Island Plantation Video history of improving medication use and enhancing patient safety. Take a tour of Fernandina Beach (video) American Society of Health-System Summer meeting online registration Pharmacists 7272 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814 Comments from last years meeting               301-657-3000       • e-mail link GSHP has a superior program! Well worth traveling to attend. Have • web link attended state meetings elsewhere, and Georgia rocks! Very relevant & applicable information, excellent speakers & fun, too.  Calendar I thought the meeting was fantastic...the right mix of learning and fun! GSHP Summer Meeting 7/20/12 - 7/22/12 Great facility, friendly GSHP facilitators, wonderful learning and Amelia Island Plantation, FL collaborative environment web link Beautiful location, very good content, will attend again next year  2012 National Residency Preceptors AGENDA as of 6/18/2012, subject to revisions Conference [ASHP] 8/16/12 - 8/18/12 FRIDAY (6.5 hours) The National Residency Preceptors Conference (NRPC) is the only meeting 10:00am – 11:00am Parenteral Nutrition purely dedicated to pharmacy residency 11:00am – 11:15am BREAK training. The NRPC covers timely topics important to all program directors and 11:15am – 12:45pm Multiple Myeloma (Lunch provided) preceptors of ASHP- accredited, ASHP- application submitted, and 12:45pm – 1:00pm BREAK newly emerging residency training programs. This is a 1:00pm – 2:00pm TRACK A: Stroke prevention for afib must-attend event for residency preceptors and TRACK B: Neonatology directors who seek quality programming and 2:00 – 2:15 pm BREAK networking opportunities with other preceptors across the country. 2:15 – 3:15pm TRACK A: Managing Diabetics During Washington D.C. Transitions of Care TRACK B: Georgia Law and Board of web link Pharmacy Updatehttp://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 3. CMS:Preview/Send GSHP Annual Meeting 3:15 – 4:15 pm Poster session 10/19/12 - 10/21/12 Brasstown Valley Resort 4:15pm – 5:15pm Key Note Address- PPMI Young Harris, GA web link 5:15pm – 6:15pm Open Forum: PPMI 2012 Midyear Meeting 6:30pm – 8:30pm Reception/Exhibits in Exhibit Hall [ASHP] 12/02/12 - 12/06/12 SATURDAY (3.5 hours) The 47th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition will be held in the exciting 8:00am – 9:30am TRACK A: Managing vascular Las Vegas, this year. ASHPs Midyear Clinical complications of new targeted chemotherapeutic agents Meeting is the largest TRACK B: Informatics gathering of pharmacists in the world. With its focus on improving patient care, the 9:30am – 11:00am Exhibits/Breakfast in Exhibit Area meeting is attended by more than 20,000 11:00am – 12:00pm TRACK A: Berkley testing / Am care pharmacy professionals from 86 countries. For clinic expansion TRACK B: Medication Errors-part 1 decades, the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting has provided health-system 12:00pm – 1:00pm TRACK A: New drug update: pharmacy practitioners with antibiotics TRACK B: Medication Errors-part 2 a venue for updating their knowledge, networking with colleagues, enhancing their 12:00pm – 2:00pm Resident and Student Forum (box skills, and learning about lunch provided) the latest products and technologies. SUNDAY (3 hours) Las Vegas, NV web link 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast / Officer Installation 9:00am – 10:30am New Anticoagulant reversal 10:30am – 12noon TRACK A: Sun, Sand, and Simplifying Preceptor Development: A Winning Combination for Advancing Residency Training. TRACK B: HIV Overview Room Reservations The 2012 Summer Meeting will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL.  GSHP has very attractive room rates that start at $173 single/double per night for an ocean view hotel room at the Omni Amelia Island Inn and Beach Club.  To make your reservation, click here: http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/AmeliaIsland/MeetingFacilities/GSHSP The GSHP room rate will be honored for three days prior to group arrival and three days after group departure.  The Plantation has a wide variety of rooms and villas and the link above can help you with any of them. Click here for villa information, rates, etc. There is NO daily resort service fee this year.   The room rate includes: Self Parking ($10 daily value) Unlimited high speed internet access in all accommodations ($9.95 daily value)http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 4. CMS:Preview/Send On-property Transportation ($4.00 daily value) Unlimited use of health & fitness center ($20 daily value) In Room Coffee Service ($5.00 daily service) Meeting Concierge & 24 Public Safety Team Local & Toll Free Phone Access Summer meeting cancellation policy A full refund will be granted for refund requests received by July 1; from July 2 through July 10, a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from the registration fee; after July 10, there will be NO refunds for cancellations.                                               http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 5. CMS:Preview/Send          web link | return to headlines GSHP 2012 Summer Meeting, July 20-22 Poster Session   Call for Student, Resident and Practitioner Posters — GSHP Summer Meeting-Sign up NOW ! Did you present a poster at the ASHP Midyear Meeting? Complete an interesting project on a rotation? This is your opportunity to share your results with pharmacy colleagues from around Georgia at the GSHP Summer Meeting Poster Session at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Friday, July 20, 2012.      Poster presenters must be registered for the Summer meeting. Space is limited and the deadline for submission of abstracts is July 1st. To register for the Summer meeting, click here   Abstracts should be no more than 400 words and include a brief title, authors and the following headings: Purpose, Methods, Results and Conclusions. To submit your poster, or for questions, contact Marjorie Phillips, GSHP Poster Session Coordinator at: mphillip@georgiahealth.edu .   Please include your full name and contact information with the submission (as well as full listings for any co-authors)   Poster presenters must be GSHP members. Looking forward to seeing you there.           http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 6. CMS:Preview/Send web link | return to headlines Call for Award Nominations    2012 GSHP AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS     The Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists annually recognizes members for outstanding service and achievements in pharmacy. Very likely, you know someone in GSHP who is deserving of recognition. Every member of GSHP is eligible to nominate or be nominated for one or more awards. Please fill out the nominations form on the next page to nominate yourself or someone you know for the awards listed below. Awards will be presented during the GSHP Annual Meeting to be held at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia on October 20, 2012.      Pharmacists of the Year Award        GSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award is the highest honor GSHP can bestow on any member and is presented to a Georgia health-system pharmacist to honor outstanding service and accomplishments in health- system pharmacy practice as well as participation in GSHP. All GSHP members are eligible for nomination. Nominations should include detailed information concerning the nominees professional, civic, and other activities. Recipients of the GSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award serve on the Awards Committee for five years following receipt of the award.   25-Year Practitioner Awards        25-Year Practitioner Awards are presented to GSHP members who have actively practiced hospital or health-system pharmacy for 25 years or more. Members are encouraged to nominate peers. Also, they may also nominate themselves for this award unless they are a previous recipient.   Outstanding Pharmacy Practitioner Award        The Outstanding Pharmacy Practitioner Award is presented to a health-system pharmacist employed in a staff position. The award recognizes outstanding service to the profession in a non-administrative, non-http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 7. CMS:Preview/Send managerial position.   Outstanding Pharmacy Professional Representative Award        The Outstanding Pharmacy Professional Representative Award is presented to a representative of a pharmaceutical manufacturer or wholesaler who has made outstanding contributions to health-system pharmacy through service to, participation in, and involvement with GSHP and those practicing as health-system pharmacists.   Outstanding Health-System Pharmacy Technician Award        The Outstanding Health-System Pharmacy Technician Award recognizes a health-system pharmacy technician who has demonstrated practice excellence and leadership in the support of implementing pharmaceutical care.   Community Service Award        The Community Service Award is presented to a GSHP member for Outstanding service to his/her community. Services rendered are not limited to those as a pharmacist, but include any activities which enhance or improve the quality of life of the community.   Outstanding Pharmacy Intern/Extern Award        The Outstanding Pharmacy Intern/Extern Award recognizes excellence in our future pharmacists. Nominations may be presented by preceptors, educators, or any other GSHP member who has had direct contact with an intern or extern who has shown exemplary service in this role.   Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist Award        Nominees for the Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist Award are not limited by age, but by the length of time in the profession. Nominees should have graduated from a pharmacy school within the past five years. The recipient is chosen based on exemplary service and dedication to the field of health-system pharmacy in this time period.   Outstanding Hospital or Health-System Pharmacy Newsletter Award        Recipients are selected for the Outstanding Hospital or Health-System Pharmacy Newsletter Award based on submission and review of the three most recent editions of their newsletter. To be eligible for consideration, the newsletter must be hospital generated and not a purchased newsletter.   Best Paper Describing a New Pharmaceutical Care Service        The award for Best Paper Describing a New Pharmaceutical Care Service will be presented based on publications by GSHP members in the pharmaceutical literature. Selection of the recipient is made by the Awards Committee and is based on a review of pharmacy journals and other publications for the 12-month period beginning September, 2011 through August, 2012.       GSHP Pharmaco-economics Research Award        The GSHP Pharmaco-economics Research Award is designed to recognize a GSHP member who has performed a pharmacoeconomic analysis in a particular area of pharmacy practice and to encourage pharmacists to investigate and report the cost benefits of pharmaceutical care through the provision of cost effective pharmacy services. Members performing an analysis or investigation in an area related to the cost effectiveness, cost benefit, or cost utility of a particular medication therapy, type of patient care delivered by pharmacists or some aspect of pharmacy services are eligible. http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 8. CMS:Preview/Send   To nominate someone, click here   web link | return to headlines No More Blue Wall Licenses and Pocket Cards-From Secretary of State Effective July 1, 2012, the Professional Licensing Boards Division will no longer print and/or mail courtesy hard copies of blue wall licenses and pocket cards to licensees free of charge.  This is a difficult yet necessary decision in these tough economic times.  Since fiscal year 2008, the Professional Licensing Boards Division has tackled a 15% budget reduction and a 32% personnel reduction.  For fiscal year 2013, the Division is forced again to tackle cuts totaling 2% of its budget.  In addition to budget and personnel reductions, the Division has faced an additional workload created by the requirements of secure and verifiable documentation for licensure and the growth of professional licensing applications.  The Division has done an exemplary job of implementing efficient practices and leveraging technology when possible while trying to minimize the impact to the licensees.   Statutes and board rules require a licensee to post a copy of their license at their place of business for inspection.  To meet this requirement, we will provide an electronic version of the professional license for the individual or business to obtain from our website free of charge.  This change will apply to all license types and to the issuance of new and renewed licenses.  As always, if someone is seeking to verify the status of a professional licensee, they should use our real-time verification portal located at https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification.  This portal contains the most accurate and up-to-date information on a licensee’s status.   To access the electronic version of the professional license, the licensee will login to their online licensing record at https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/printlicense.  After accessing their online licensing record, the licensee will be able to select the electronic version of their professional license.  In addition to obtaining the electronic version of their license from their online licensing file, the licensee will be able to select enhanced services such as requesting a decorative wall certificate for an additional charge.   I appreciate your understanding and patience as we seekhttp://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 9. CMS:Preview/Send solutions to get through these challenging economic times.   Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.   Sincerely, Brian P. Kemp Secretary of State   Blue Wall License and Pocket Card FAQs   1.       How can I get a duplicate pocket card or a blue wall license sent to me?   ·          Effective July 1, 2012, the Professional Licensing Boards Division will no longer print and/or mail hard copies of blue wall licenses and pocket cards to licensees as a courtesy. For a fee of $25, licensees can purchase a hard copy of a blue wall license and a pocket card.   2.       How can I get a pocket card or a blue wall license for free?   ·          Licensees can log in to their online licensing record at https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/printlicense and can print the electronic version of their professional license for free.   3.       Since law requires a licensee to post a copy of their license at their place of business for inspection, how do I remain in compliance under this new system?     ·          Licensees will post their printed electronic licenses which can be found at https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/printlicense.   4.       Will this apply to all licenses issued by the Professional Licensing Boards Division?   ·          This change will apply to all license types and to thehttp://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 10. CMS:Preview/Send issuance of new and renewed licenses. web link | return to headlines Get the Most Out of Your GSHP Membership Our goal at GSHP is to provide you with current and timely information that will help you with your practice. In addition to the GSHP website and our email blast system, we utilize three other methods for reaching out to members. Facebook GSHP has a page on Facebook. Follow us on Facebook, by clicking on the link below: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Society-of-Health-System- Pharmacists/3262 61148598 LinkedIn We also have a group on LinkedIn. To join the group, http://www.linkedin.com/groups?trk=hb_side_g&gid=3699702 Text messaging service We now have the ability to send you a text message to your cellphone and would like to ask you to join in our txt messaging service. Based on current cellphone regulations, you have to opt in to this service which you can do by sending a txt from your cellphone. You will need to txt gshp to 33938 from your cellphone. Your cellphone number will not be shared with anyone and you will receive no more than 3 txt messages per month from GSHP. Remember this is an opt in service that requires you to txt GSHP to 33938. ASHP News Clark to Receive ASHP John W. Webb Lecture Award Long-time Leader in Health-System Pharmacy Honored 6/13/2012 BETHESDA, Md. - The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named Toby Clark, M.S., FASHP, a leader in health-system pharmacy, the recipient of the 2012 John W. Webb Lecture Award. Clark serves as a lead surveyor for the ASHP Accreditation Services Division. He is also a medication systems consultant and an adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice at South Carolina College of Pharmacy and consultant to the director of pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina. Previously, he served as professor of pharmacy practice and director of hospital pharmacy services at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and College of Pharmacy before his retirement. Read More Erin Fox to Receive ASHP Award of Excellence Lauded for Her Efforts to Combat Drug Shortages 6/12/2012 BETHESDA, Md. - Erin R. Fox, Pharm.D., is the 2012 recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Board of Directors Award of Excellence in recognition of her tireless efforts to help the health care community manage the issues related to drug shortages. The award was presented today during the Society’s Summer Meeting in Baltimore.http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 11. CMS:Preview/Send Fox directs the Drug Information Service at the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics in Salt Lake City and is associate professor (adjunct), in the Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Fox’s work is the corner stone for the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center. Her timely work has helped practitioners and health systems keep up with the long list of agents in short supply, the alternatives available, and the estimated resupply date. Read More FDA Approves Pertuzumab for Breast Cancer Kate Traynor BETHESDA, MD 11 June 2012 - FDA and Genentech on June 8 announced the approval of pertuzumab injection as part of a treatment regimen for patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer. Pertuzumab, which will be sold as Perjeta, should be used in combination with trastuzumab and docetaxel for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Genentech expects the new product to be available to U.S. patients within two weeks. But the company stated that it is working to resolve a production problem that could affect the future availability of pertuzumab. Read More Sandoz Recalls Introvale Oral Contraceptive Cheryl A.Thompson BETHESDA, MD 07 June 2012 - The generics drug company Sandoz Inc. on Wednesday announced the recall of 10 lots of the oral contraceptive Introvale because of a packaging error reported by a consumer. Sandoz said the consumer found the products white placebo tablets in the 9th row of the 13-row blister card rather than in the 13th row. The 9th row is supposed to have peach-colored tablets, each containing 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel and 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol. The company advises patients who find a white placebo tablet in any position on the blister card other than the 13th row to immediately start using a form of contraception that does not involve hormones. Read More Pharmacy News Hospitals Fight Drug Scarcity, Fear Patients Harmed Reuters (06/01/12) Yukhananov, Anna According to the FDA, the number of drug shortages in the U.S. has increased from 56 in 2006 to 250 in 2011, putting increased pressure on hospital pharmacists to ensure patient safety. Pharmacists at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit report that they have had to start tracking drugs in short supply using paper spreadsheets to compensate for an automated inventory system not designed to cope with prolonged shortages, while pharmacists and administrators at D.C.s Childrens National Medical Center have begun meeting weekly to discuss and keep on top of major shortages. The need for up-to-date information on shortages led pharmacy resident Mick Schroeder to create the RxShortages ap,which is now used by thousands of pharmacists around the country to track drug shortages moment to moment, helping them avoid the temptation to hoard frequently unavailable drugs, which ultimately makes shortages worse by distorting demand. While shortages are down slightly this year, pharmacists are likely to remain on the front line of this issue until new FDA reporting policies and increased production by drug makers brings the rate of drug shortages back down to manageable levels. return to headlines Senate passes FDA Bill That Could Alleviate Drug Shortageshttp://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 12. CMS:Preview/Send Drug Topics (05/25/12) The U.S. Senate has passed FDA’s Safety and Innovation Act, which requires drug manufacturers to notify the FDA as soon as possible when they experience a product interruption and 6 months in advance if a product will be discontinued. The early notification requirement is expected to alleviate more drug shortages, since the FDA was able to avoid 195 shortages in 2011 because of early notification. The House is expected to pass a similar bill, and leaders anticipate presenting a bill to President Barack Obama by early July. return to headlines College of Pharmacy Reaches out to City Middle-Schoolers St. Louis Today (06/13/2012) McGhee, Alexia The St. Louis College of Pharmacy will be welcoming St. Louis middle-schoolers to its campus this summer as part of a program designed to educate kids about the pharmacy profession. The five day program, which expands a similar program for high school students begun in 2008, gives kids real hands-on lab experiences and teaches them about some of the science behind being a pharmacist. College President John A. Pieper hopes that the program will inspire students to pursue a career in what he sees as the growth industry of pharmacy. But the program, a collaboration between the college and the St. Louis school system, wont stop with giving students a taste of what its like to be a pharmacist. According to Tim Murrell, executive director of the school districts Division of Career and Technical Education, students who participate in the program will have opportunities to follow up on their experience in the classroom, setting up a path for those students who decided that they want, some day, to be a pharmacist. return to headlines Anticoagulants the Leading Reported Drug Risk in 2011 Institute for Safe Medication Practices (06/06/12) The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has released its latest QuarterWatch report, indicating that dabigatran (Pradaxa) was associated with more patient fatalities reported to the FDA than any other medication on the U.S. market in 2011. In addition to being associated with 542 deaths, dabigatran was also associated with 3,781 total adverse event reports, 2,367 hemorrhage reports, 291 reports of acute renal failure, and 644 reports of stroke. All of these figures were also higher than other medications on the list. The ISMP also identified nine other drugs associated most frequently with five clinically relevant, drug-related injuries, and show the drugs most frequently the target of lawsuits. return to headlines FDA Warns Consumers About Counterfeit Version of Tevas Adderall FDA.gov (05/29/12) The FDA has issued warnings regarding a counterfeit version of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Adderall 30 milligram tablets. Preliminary testing by the agency showed that the counterfeit tablets contain tramadol and acetaminophen, instead of dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate, which are the correct active ingredients for the drug. For this reason, the FDA has warned that the counterfeit products should be considered unsafe, ineffective, and potentially harmful. Identifying characteristics of the counterfeit Adderall include blister packaging, misspellings on the packaging, and tablets that are white and round with no markings on them. return to headlines Pharmacists Help Teams Improve BP Control Drug Topics (05/22/12) Patients gain greater blood-pressure control when pharmacists are included in their team-based care, according to new recommendations from the Community Preventive Services Task Force. The task force recommends that nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, and social workers complement the work of primary-care providers. "When pharmacists were added to the teams, the median improvement in the proportion of patients with controlled blood pressure was considerably higher than the overall median increase for this outcome," the task forces report said. Other healthcare team members provide medication management, patient follow-http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 13. CMS:Preview/Send ups, and help patients stick to blood-pressure control plans. The task force based their recommendations on an evaluation of 77 studies of team-based care. return to headlines Association of Aspirin Use With Major Bleeding in Patients With and Without Diabetes Journal of the American Medical Association (06/06/12) Vol. 307, No. 21, P. 2,286; De Berardis, Giorgia; Lucisano, Giuseppe; DEttorre, Antonio A new study has found that aspirin use for cardiovascular health is associated with an increased risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding and cerebral bleeding episodes that was higher than expected based on the results of randomized, prospective clinical trials. Specifically, the study found that aspirin was associated with a 55 percent relative increase in the risk of major bleeding. These results were derived from an analysis of administrative data from 186,425 individuals taking low-dose aspirin who were matched with an equal number of controls. Median follow-up for the study was 5.7 years. During this time, there were 6,907 first episodes of major bleeding requiring hospitalization, including 4,487 gastrointestinal bleeds and 2,464 intracranial hemorrhages. The rate of hemorrhagic events per 1,000 person-years was then found to be 5.58 for individuals taking aspirin, compared to 3.60 per 1,000 person-years for those not taking aspirin. The studys authors say their findings indicate that the risks of aspirin use outweigh the benefits for patients with a baseline cardiovascular risk below 10 percent at 10 years as well as in patients with a baseline risk between 10 percent and 20 percent who are at a higher risk of bleeding. return to headlines State Allows Pharmacies to Offer More Vaccines Boston Globe (05/21/12) Lazar, Kay Massachusetts pharmacists currently are allowed to administer the annual flu shot, and a new policy issued by the state Department of Public Health will allow them to offer the MMR, Tdap, shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, human papillomavirus, chickenpox, and meningitis vaccines as well, in response to lagging vaccination rates among adults. Under the new rules, pharmacists must be trained to administer vaccines in accordance with state standards, and prescriptions will not be needed for consumers to obtain the vaccines. However, there are concerns that allowing people to be vaccinated by pharmacists will make it more difficult for physicians to monitor patient immunizations, especially as a centralized system to track immunizations has yet to be rolled out statewide. Lawmakers are considering a budget proposal that would fund the registry. return to headlines NY Pharmacist Backs Online Prescription Program Associated Press (06/04/12) New York State is considering implementing a system aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse. The system would help prevent people from going from doctor to doctor in order to obtain prescription drugs, and would help identify physicians who prescribe large amounts of addictive painkillers like hydrocodone. Finally, the system would also red flag patients who obtain addictive pain medications without having a valid medical reason for doing so. Long Island, N.Y., pharmacist Jordan Fogel said that such a system would be helpful because it would allow pharmacists and doctors to immediately review and report prescriptions online. Fogel noted that he currently spends 30 percent of his time trying to determine if prescriptions are written for legitimate reasons or not. But some doctors are concerned that requiring the use of the system will force them and other prescribers to change their prescribing practices, which they say could make it more difficult for patients to access the drugs that they need. Negotiations are currently underway between state lawmakers and the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and final legislation establishing the system could be introduced by the end of the month. return to headlines Hospital-Acquired Infections Linked to Higher Readmission Rates American Medical News (05/28/12) OReilly, Kevin B. A study published in the June issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, based on an analysis of 136,513 adult patients at the University of Marylandhttp://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]
  • 14. CMS:Preview/Send Medical Center in Baltimore from 2001 to 2009, indicates that patients testing positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or Clostridium difficile have a 40 percent increased chance of readmission within a year. Researchers say that the patients studied likely were infected in the hospital given that the cultures were ordered more than 48 hours after they were admitted. Jon Furuno, PhD, epidemiologist and associate professor at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and the studys senior author, says that patients with hospital-acquired infections should receive additional discharge planning, patient education and follow-up services to prevent readmissions. return to headlines © 2012 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. News summaries © 2012 Information, Inc.    [subscribe/unsubscribe]http://www.infoinc.com/cms/preview_send.cfm?pos=4[6/29/2012 10:18:30 AM]