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  • 08/07/2014 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    The 2nd Annual Kansas Rural Hospital Pharmacy Symposium will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Salina Regional Health Center. It is open to all Pharmacists and Technicians. 

    This Symposium is free to attend and has been approved for 5.0 CEU by the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. Upon completion of the event, you will be awarded a certificate of attendance worth 5.0 CEU. 

    RSVP by emailing Sarah LaRosh at slarosh@ocmh,net: Director of Materials Management, Osborne County Memorial Hospital

    Click here to view the Agenda

    The next Symposium meeting will be a webinar held on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

  • 08/04/2014 10:41 AM | Anonymous
    The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs has sent out a notification regarding the billing and dispensing changes of Copaxone. Please view the complete article below.

    Copaxone Article from NCPDP

  • 07/21/2014 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    This month, NCPA released the Community Pharmacy Impact CensusThis is your opportunity to tell NCPA about the impact of your profession and business on your community. The Census asks about services you provide in your pharmacy. It also asks about how you, your employees, and your business contribute to the health of your community. They are seeking one completed Census per pharmacy location. If you own multiple pharmacies, please complete a Census for each location.

    Quantifying your efforts is important. Going into a legislator's office and saying community pharmacists provide "a whole bunch" of invaluable service to their community won't win the day against an opponent showing off its detailed contribution tote board. Being able to better quantify the value community pharmacists provide takes the conversation to another level.

    It takes only about eight minutes to finish and you can complete it on a variety of phones and tablets. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a $500 VISA gift card (one entry per pharmacy).

    Census needs to be completed by August 15th. 

    This article was provided by NCPA.


  • 07/18/2014 9:39 AM | Anonymous
    As reported in the Federal Register on July 2, 2014, the DEA is rescheduling tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Manufacturing labeling “CIV” and pharmacy inventory requirements will be effective August 18, 2014. Efforts to place the pain medication in this category came after the Assistant Secretary of the HHS and the DEA performed evaluations and analyses of abuse potential, medical use and dependence liability.


    Anyone who handles tramadol must abide by registration, disposal, security, labeling, inventory, recording, reporting, prescription, importation/exportation and liability requirements for Controlled Substance Act (CSA) schedule IV regulatory controls following the effective date of 
    August 18, 2014.

    The agency also pointed out that every “DEA registrant who possesses any quantity of tramadol on the effective date of this final rule must take an inventory of all stocks of tramadol on hand as of August 18, 2014, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 827 and 958, and in accordance with 21 CFR 1304.03,1304.04, and 1304.11 (a) and (d).”

    Article provided by NASPA.


  • 07/18/2014 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Call for Nominations for the 2014 PTCB CPhT of the Year©

    PTCB is now seeking nominations for the 2014 PTCB CPhT of the Year©

    The nomination period is open through August 8. The PTCB CPhT of the Year program aims to honor the achievements and recognize the contributions of outstanding CPhTs. Active CPhTs who have been certified for at least two years are eligible to be nominated. Finalists will be selected by PTCB and featured in an online ballot, and the honoree will be chosen through open online voting. The 2014 honoree will receive:

    •  a $500 honorarium
    • registration, travel, and accommodations to attend the ASHP Midyear in December in Anaheim, CA, including participation in CE programs at the conference

    If you would like to nominate a qualified PTCB CPhT, please review the Official Description and Official Rules, and then submit your nomination online. When nominating a CPhT, you will be asked to provide information and answer a brief series of questions to describe the accomplishments and workplace contributions of the nominee.

    To keep up on the 2014 CPhT of the Year© selection process, please Like PTCB on Facebook, join the PTCB Group on LinkedIn, and follow PTCB on Twitter

    Submit a nomination!

    Read the Official Description.

    Read the Official Rules.

    Read about last year’s CPhT of the Year.

    PTCB looks forward to receiving your nomination. Thank you for advancing the roles of pharmacy technicians by recognizing innovative CPhTs through the 2014 PTCB CPhT of the Year© nomination process. CPhTs who feel their contributions are appreciated and respected experience higher job satisfaction in the workplace.

    Pharmacy Technician Certification Board 
    2200 C Street, NW, Suite 101
    Washington, DC  20037

    Phone: (800) 363-8012 | Fax: (202) 888-1699
    www.ptcb.org


  • 07/11/2014 8:59 AM | Anonymous
    The Missouri Pharmacy Association is hosting CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens CE courses on July 19th at PBA Health in Kansas City (6300 Enterprise Road). The cost to attend both programs is $99.


    Register for the CE Courses here.
  • 07/11/2014 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    The American College of Apothecaries will hold a "Wellness - What's Happening Conference" in Tulsa, OK on August 22 - 23, 2014 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center - Tulsa, Oklahoma.

     

    Establish your pharmacy as a local health and wellness support center!  Education, resources and marketing that will help improve your patients' outcomes and your pharmacy's success will be discussed.  There will be a variety of CE session topics including: 

    • Staying Healthy by Reducing Your Stress
    • Medications Causing Nutrient Depletion
    • Andropause
    • Opiates and Hormone Imbalances: Treatment with Compounded Hormones
    • Profitable, Sustainable, Pharmacist Delivered Clinical Services in Community Pharmacy and Community Clinics
    • Improving Adherence & Outcomes by Behavior Change
    • Obesity in Obamacare
    • Health Care Providers Maintaining Compliant Pharmacy Practices
    ACA will honor the ACA member price for KPhA members. Click here for a copy of the registration form.


  • 07/08/2014 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has recently released its July 2014 issue of Needle Tips, for healthcare professionals who administer vaccines.  Also available is Vaccinate Adults, a shortened version of Needle Tips, modified for those who work only with adult patients. Both are now available for downloading, printing, and reading.

     

    Here are links directly to the PDFs of the publications: Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults.

     

    These publications contain ready-to-print educational materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, vaccine news highlights, and IAC’s popular “Ask the Experts” Q&A column with answers by CDC experts Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, and Donna Weaver, RN, MN.

     

    Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available exclusively online. Current and past issues of Needle Tips are available at www.immunize.org/nt and Vaccinate Adults at www.immunize.org/va.

     

    To receive immediate email notification when new issues are released, subscribe at www.immunize.org/subscribe.  On this page, you can also subscribe to IAC’s free weekly email news service, IAC Express, which keeps you up to date on immunization news between issues of IAC’s periodicals.


  • 06/25/2014 8:53 AM | Anonymous
    Forbes recognizes the unmet need that pharmacists can address in a recently released article. The article stated that, "MTM has the potential to alleviate some glaring problems in America's health care system." CMS estimates hospital readmissions cost the program $17.5 billion a year, many due to the adverse effects of medication therapies. One study, referenced in the Forbes article, showed that people who received MTM services from a pharmacist were three times more likely to remain out of the hospital after 60 days. The Forbes article demonstrates the ever growing support for pharmacists as a valued member of the healthcare team. 
     
    Special thanks to NASPA APPE student, Nellie Jafari for preparing this article.


  • 06/20/2014 9:09 AM | Anonymous
    U.S. Senator Pat Roberts is having an evening reception benefit at the Topeka Country Club (2700 SW Buchanan St. Topeka, KS 66611) on Tuesday, July 1st from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Suggested Contribution Amounts:

    Co-Host: $2,000 per couple/$2,500 PAC
    Patron: $1,000 per couple/$1,500 PAC
    Supporter: $250 per individual/$500 PAC
    Attendee: $100

    Please RSVP to aharper@robertsforsenate.com or call 785.354.4PAT.




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