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Pharmacists and personalized medicine at the Opening General Session

By AHS | March 12, 2012
Keynote speaker Thomas Goetz tells pharmacists there’s ‘nobody better poised for the future’

“You are at the center of the future” of health care, Thomas Goetz, MPH, told the pharmacists and pharmacy professionals in attendance at the 2012 APhA Annual Meeting Opening General Session during his keynote address.

Goetz, Executive Editor of WIRED magazine and author of The Decision Tree, delivered a speech titled “The Future of Personalized Medicine”—a future that’s already here, he noted. Goetz quoted author William Gibson’s observation that “the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed”

Study finds drug price inflation outpaces general inflation

By AHS | March 08, 2012

Study examines branded, specialty, generic drug prices between 2005 and 2009

Prices for generic drugs may be dropping, but increases in branded and specialty drug prices have offset those decreases, according to a new study. The study, conducted by AARP's Public Policy Institute, found that the cumulative change in drug prices from 2005 to 2009 was almost double the rate of inflation. As a result, the average annual cost of drug therapy continued to rise.

The study was based on examinations of retail prices for the 514 drugs most used by Medicare beneficiaries. In 2009, whi

Pharmacists say they support Oklahoma pseudoephedrine bill despite potential risks

By AHS | March 07, 2012

Oklahoma pharmacists generally support a bill designed to restrict sales of medicines containing a key ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, even though it could place them in dangerous situations.

The legislation awaiting debate in the House requires pharmacists to determine the "legitimate medical and pharmaceutical" need of a customer trying to buy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which is found in many over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines. Oklahoma Pharmacists Association Executive Director Phil Woodward said there is always concern that a

Federal Judge Rejects Requirement that Pharmacies Dispense Plan B

By AHS | March 06, 2012
The Washington State rule unconstitutionally targeted pharmacists’ religious objections to providing emergency contraception, the judge ruled.

A federal judge has ruled that Washington State cannot require pharmacies to sell emergency contraceptives such as Plan B. In a 48-page opinion issued on February 22 in the case Stormans v. Selecky, US District Judge Ronald B. Leighton wrote that he rules in question were unnecessary to ensure that patients had access to the medications and were instead intended to suppress religious objections of pharmacists who believe that using eme

I NEED a Pharmacist

By AHS | March 05, 2012
As we get closer to spring and summer, some pharmacies will be in desperate need of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work relief shifts while their full-time employees take scheduled vacations

As the spring and summer seasons draw near, it is time to start thinking about vacations.  No matter how hard you plan, sometimes it is inevitable that you have shifts that are not covered.  That's why we work 24/7 on-call to make sure that doesn't happen to you!

We have a diverse talent pool of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians available to work so we can help fill even some of the most




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