Friday, August 4, 2017

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Advocacy Update

These are the key items discussed at the Texas State Board of Pharmacy meeting:
Allison Benz to replace Gay Dodson.
USP-800 has been put on hold.
Remote Technician Dispensing/Telepharmacy moves to final vote in November without TPA's recommended changes.

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Association News

TPA’s New CEO Debbie Garza began her first week at a running start

With an official start date of August 1, 2017, Debbie began her week with back to back meetings and almost endless congratulatory calls, emails and social media posts. Debbie wasted no time settling into her new role working long days despite the fact that she’s also spread between two homes thousands of miles away from each other. We will keep you updated on Debbie’s tour de force as it unfolds so stay tuned.
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State and National News

The New York Times: White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency On Opioids
In addition to seeking an emergency declaration, the commission proposed waiving a federal rule that sharply limits the number of Medicaid recipients who can receive residential addiction treatment. It also called for expanding access to medications that help treat opioid addiction, requiring “prescriber education initiatives” and providing model legislation for states to allow a standing order for anyone to receive naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses. {More}

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The Washington Post: FDA Aims To Lower Nicotine In Cigarettes To Get Smokers To Quit
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it wants to reduce the nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive. The unexpected announcement sent shares of tobacco companies plummeting and sparked praise among some public health advocates. If successful, the effort would be the first time the government has tried to get the Americans to quit cigarettes by reaching beyond warning labels or taxes to attacking the actual addictive substance inside. {More}

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Short sleep duration with prediabetes increases risk of progression
South Korean researchers found that adults with prediabetes who slept six hours per night had a 44% increased risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes, while those who slept for five hours or less had a 68% increased risk, compared with those who reported sleeping seven hours each night. The findings in Diabetic Medicine, based on 17,983 adults with a mean age of 41, revealed that those who slept at least eight hours each night had a 23% increased risk of developing diabetes.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today

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NCPA is hosting a webinar on Pharmacy Security to Prevent Robbery, Theft and Diversion
Pharmacy owners need to protect their employees and their business from crime. Join this webinar to learn about trends in crimes committed against pharmacies including robbery, burglary and internal theft or diversion by employees. Most importantly, learn how to make your pharmacy a hard target and train your employees on how to respond to a robbery or when other crime is discovered. Michael L. Warren, risk manager for Pharmacists Mutual Companies, will discuss crime trends and strategies for managing it. It’s Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2p.m.-3 p.m. ET. Visit: to register. Email for additional information or if you have any difficulties signing up for the webinar.

Monthly Free Member CE:

Stress Management Skills for Pharmacy Practice

This activity will introduce pharmacists to evidence-based approaches for managing stress. Attendees will practice mind-body skills known to short-circuit the “fright, fight, or flight” response to stressful situations. Attendees also will learn cognitive practices for changing their thinking about potentially stressful situations. Attendees will leave with a personal toolkit of strategies for controlling the amount of stress they experience both in and out of the workplace. More

TPA Educational Opportunities
TPA offers other education programs on a wide range of topics. For information on all of TPA’s upcoming educational events, visit the TPA Event Calendar & Online CE Calendar

Wildfire Defense Systems
If a fire threatens an insured property, Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company may dispatch an engine and crew to the property for pre-fire and post-fire mitigation services. Learn more about this special service at

Texas Pharmacy Association
Carol Reagan, Interim Executive Director, TPA • 512.615.9170