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Pharmacists Prepare to Flee California Medicaid Program

By AHS | October 24, 2011

CMS Approval of Provider Cuts Will Result in Dire Consequences for Patients




The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) has sent a letter to Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining why proposed cuts by the California Department of Health Services (DHCS) Medicaid program (entitled Medi-Cal) violate federal law and will result in pharmacists being forced out of the program.



In 2009, and again in 2011, DHCS submitted requests to CMS to cut reimbursements for pharmacists, physicians, hospitals and dentists. For pharmacists, these cuts

Common antibiotic has rare, serious side-effects

By AHS | October 13, 2011

Pharmacists are experts on medication





A report warning that the commonly used antibiotic trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole can trigger a wide range of rare but potentially serious side effects highlights the critical role of the pharmacist.



Many people are unaware of the potentially serious interactions certain drugs can have with each other. Within the patient’s health care team, the pharmacist is the expert in medication. He or she has the specialized knowledge needed to identify these potential drug interactions — as well as side effects and adverse reactions — to highlight s

The Pharmacy Technician

By AHS | October 10, 2011

Jobs for Pharmacy Technicians:


What they do:

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service and perform administrative duties. Typical tasks include:

• Receiving prescriptions from patients

• Receiving prescriptions sent electronically from doctors' offices

• Verifying that the information on a prescription is complete and accurate

• Assisting in preparing prescriptions by retrieving, counting, measuring, weighing, pouring and sometimes mixing medications

• Selecting containers and preparing an

The Best Recruits May Not Be Who You Think

By AHS | October 05, 2011

By MIKE MICHALOWICZ, WSJ.com


  My best employee of all time was nicknamed Shaq. While his genetic gifts would have never landed him a spot on the New Jersey Nets, he worked for my company as a computer forensic examiner. When I hired him, Shaq was barely qualified to use a computer, let alone conduct detailed forensic examinations on hard drives that later had to stand up in court and pass the rigors of cross examination.


So why did I take him on? I hired Shaq because during his interview he clearly demonstrated that he was intelligent, had a lot of energy and seemed to come out on the "gl

WA Pharmacy Board banning 'bath salts'

By AHS | October 03, 2011

The state Pharmacy Board has filed a rule permanently banning so-called "bath salts" that are used as drugs to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, or methamphetamine.


  The state Pharmacy Board has filed a rule permanently banning so-called "bath salts" that are used as drugs to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, or methamphetamine.



The synthetic marijuana and synthetic stimulants have been temporarily banned since April.



The rule going into effect by Nov. 3 gives law enforcement clear authority to prosecute the manufacture, sale and possession of these chemicals. ~ Seattletim





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