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April 28, 2017
Non-Vaccine Injection Administration Training

While pharmacists are currently able to administer non-vaccine injectable medication under an emergency rule (as allowed by Wisconsin 2015 Act 290), a permanent rule is in development. PSW expects this permanent rule from the Pharmacy Examining Board will outline the following required components of training in order to administer non-vaccine injections: 
  • Safe injection practices to prevent infections
  • Anatomy
  • Proper injection techniques
  • Five rights of administration (right patient, right drug, right dose, right route, right time)
  • Patient reassessment after administration including signs and symptoms of adverse drug reactions
  • Best practices in documentation of the medication administration
While pharmacists who have been trained to provide immunizations (through PSW's program or through another immunization training) are currently able to administer non-vaccine injectable medications under the emergency rule, PSW expects that the permanent rule training requirements (as listed above) will necessitate that pharmacists receive additional training. PSW, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy Division of Pharmacy Professional Development (DPPD), has developed such a training program that was recorded at the PSW Educational Conference on April 6 and is now available online. The emergency rule will be in effect until July 3, 2017 (with an extension expected through September 3, 2017), or the promulgation of a permanent rule, whichever is sooner. 

*Those pharmacists that have previously completed immunization training and have provided immunizations in Wisconsin, will be qualified to provide non-vaccine injections under the permanent rule if they complete the PSW-DPPD course either at the PSW Educational Conference or online.

Additional drug-specific training modules as well as training modules that complement the minimal requirements are being developed by PSW and the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy DPPD as well.
 
Click here to register for the one-hour supplemental program.
Happy National Volunteer Week!  

PSW would like to recognize and thank the volunteers that make PSW a strong organization. Board members, taskforce leaders, journal contributors, presenters, and more - all working to advance pharmacy practice in Wisconsin. Thank you!
2017 PSW Board of Directors Election    
 
Pharmacist members of PSW are eligible to vote in the PSW Board of Directors election. (The Technician Section election will take place in the coming months.) Follow the instructions below to complete your electronic ballot.
 
Step 1: Read all candidate bios and statements for your region.

Step 2: Write down, or remember, the candidates you have chosen for the open slots. You will cast your vote for all candidates at once and will not have access to the bios/pictures from the ballot.

Step 3: Go to the VOTE page and click the "Vote" button on the right to cast your vote! Pharmacist members will vote for President-Elect, Treasurer, and the three At-Large Directors. In addition, PSW bylaws state that members can vote for Regional Directors within their region. PSW Regional Directors in A, C, and E are on the ballot this year. Your PSW Region is determined by your preferred address.

Step 4: Submit your ballot by May 31 at noon.

Thank you for casting your vote for the 2017 Board of Directors! Those elected will be installed at the PSW Annual Meeting in September. Congratulations to each of the nominees. 
 
Wisconsin to Receive $7.6 million to Combat Opioid Addiction

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wisconsin will receive $7.6 million from the federal government to fight opioid addiction; funding that Governor Walker directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to apply for through an executive order in January. The funding is being made available under the 21st Century Cures Act and will go towards prevention, treatment, and recovery services. States were awarded funding based upon rates of overdose deaths and unmet treatment needs. Read more
Research Shows Opioids Stored Unsafely in Homes with Children


A   study  in the March issue of  Pediatrics suggests opioids are stored unsafely in most households with children.
NCPA Produces PBM Video

NCPA has released a video titled "The PBM Story," which highlights the effect that many PBMs have on drug costs. Click here to watch the video and for other resources related to PBMs.
ASHP Releases Slate of Candidates for Section Executive Committees

ASHP released a slate of candidates for Section Executive Committees this week. PSW would like to recognize PSW members Barry McClain, Kate Schaafsma, Ellina Seckel and Erika Smith who are running for various leadership roles within ASHP. PSW encourages all ASHP members to vote!

Please click here to review the entire slate of candidates.
E-Cigarettes Popular Method for Quit Attempts

According to the results of a national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
study , nearly 75% of current adult smokers tried multiple strategies - including using electronic cigarettes - in their most recent quit attempt. Switching between e-cigarettes and nicotine cigarettes was a popular method; more popular than shifting completely to e-cigarettes, downgrading to mild cigarettes, using nicotine gum or patches, taking FDA-approved cessation medications, or exploring help from a health professional, website, or telephone quitline. By far, however, the most popular approaches where stopping "cold turkey" and gradually weaning from cigarettes. The researchers suggest that more attention should be given to the safety and effectiveness of using e-cigarettes as a tool to stop smoking.
Study Shows Patients May Stop Taking Recommended Statins Post MI

Research published in  JAMA Cardiology indicates many heart attack patients stop taking recommended statins. Researchers found that just 42% of patients prescribed "high-intensity" statin therapy after discharge were taking these medicines regularly two years post MI. The student indicated that 13% of patients switched to a low- or moderate-intensity statin, 19% weren't taking a statin regularly, and nearly 20% were not taking any statins.   Read more.
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Concordia Medication Management Accelerator

Interested in learning more about an initiative to advance comprehensive medication management (CMM) in Wisconsin? Join us for a free, no obligation CMMA Launch Event on May 19, 2017 from 10am-4pm at Concordia University Wisconsin to learn more about CMM and the processes utilized by the CMMA. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at https://www.cuw.edu/organizations/cmma/registration.cfm by May 11 and learn more at cuw.edu/CMMA . Review our draft itinerary for the launch event here.

Email  CMMA@cuw.edu with questions.
Fast Facts Focus Series: Technician Advancement Opportunities 

Each Friday in this 4-week series focused on pharmacy technician engagement and satisfaction we will share what we have learned from our survey of nearly 1,000 pharmacy technicians from around the state of Wisconsin.

THE FACT
Pharmacy technicians in Wisconsin report that a lack of advancement opportunities is one of the top reasons they are dissatisfied with their current position.

THE ISSUE
 
Increasing opportunities for advancement was identified as the second most common item that technicians would like to change about their organization.

THE OPPORTUNITY
 
In Wisconsin, 40% of technicians list their ability to use their knowledge as a main reason for satisfaction in their current position. However, many pharmacies do not have a pathway designed to help facilitate the learning and advancement of pharmacy technicians. One strategy to enhance technician recruitment and retention includes providing a pathway for advancement to reframe the perception of pharmacy technician positions as a long-term career opportunity.

Follow this link for strategies on implementing a pharmacy technician career ladder in your organization.

Have a success story you would like to share? Click here to share what you have done to create advancement opportunities for technicians at your pharmacy.
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