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National Pharmacy Technician Day

Posted by Margaret Cannon, CPhT on Oct 16, 2018 6:39:11 AM

A day to recognize and celebrate technicians’ multiple contributions

Pharmacists are widely recognized as the patient’s most accessible health care professional. Yet, behind every good pharmacist is a great (and exhausted) pharmacy technician. Most patients don’t know that the pharmacy technician plays a critical role in a range of health care settings. They see the technician as the person who takes their prescription or refill request, then collects the money and hands the patient a bag containing the prescribed medication.

Pharmacy technicians do so much more.

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Topics: Education, Compounding, Pharmacy Training

Endless Summer Learning

Posted by Grant Gibson, PhD on Jun 26, 2018 1:38:23 PM

The Spectrum marketing team recently had a discussion about summer planning around key dates, vacations and visions of the beach. This brought up the surfing film Endless Summer. In the 1966 cult classic, the camera follows two surfers in search of the perfect wave. Since it’s always summer somewhere, the ambitious surfers travel around the world, hoping for the next big wave just over the horizon. It wasn’t lost on us how their quest is a metaphor for life and for business, and we just can’t get the beach out of our heads. We had to share our thoughts with our pharmacy customers, and how they may apply the theme to their practices. 

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Topics: Education, Compounding, Pharmacy Training

A Week for Celebrating Pets and Vets

Posted by Brenda Poland, CPhT on May 7, 2018 1:49:00 PM

The week of May 6-12, 2018 is both National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week.  What better tribute to all the many creatures than to educate our audience about veterinary health care.  Compounded veterinary medications provide unique benefits and advantages over traditional pre-made medications like oral tablets and liquids.  Of course, compounding for animals also presents unique challenges and concerns.

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What’s with the Spectrum Ducks?

Posted by Grant Gibson, PhD on Feb 13, 2018 11:09:04 AM


I mean, they’re cute and everything… but why does Spectrum Pharmacy Products send ducks to our customers? Because we’ve got our ducks in a row, so to speak. It’s a metaphor. Or a simile. Or an idiom – yeah that’s it. We looked it up. It’s definitely an idiom.

So what does having our “ducks in a row” mean?

Here is the textbook definition:
"...to have one's ducks in a row.” (verb phrase, idiom) - To be fully prepared; to be organized; to DO one's HOMEWORK.

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Celebrating National Pharmacist Day

Posted by Linda F. McElhiney,PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA, FASHP on Jan 12, 2018 7:07:20 AM


National Pharmacist Day is recognized by several national and state pharmacy organizations. It honors and recognizes the important role that pharmacists play in healthcare.

Pharmacists’ role in healthcare has evolved over centuries and significantly changed over the past 30 years. Before WW II, pharmacists compounded most medications that they dispensed pursuant to a physician’s prescription or order. After WW II, pharmacists performed the more familiar and traditional “lick and stick” pharmacy – counting tablets and capsules or measuring liquids, putting them in properly labeled prescription bottles, and counseling the patients about the use and storage.

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Flu Season is Here Again!

Posted by Linda F. McElhiney,PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA, FASHP on Nov 3, 2017 8:33:44 AM

It is flu season again and time to immunize. Unfortunately the flu vaccine is not like other vaccines, such as the MMR or dTAP, because a new vaccine has to be developed on an annual basis because the virus constantly mutates. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), quadrivalent and trivalent influenza vaccines will be available for the 2017-2018 season. Inactive influenza vaccines (IIVs) will be available in trivalent (IIV3) and quadrivalent (IIV4) formulations. Recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) will also be available in trivalent (RIV3) and quadivalent (RIV4) formulations. Live attenuated vaccine (LAIV4), also known as FluMist®, is not recommended this year due to concerns of effectiveness; however, there are no recommended preferences between the different injectable products. This season the vaccine viruses include an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, an A/HongKong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (Victoria lineage). Additionally the quadrivalent influenza vaccines contain aa B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.[i]  Despite popular belief in the general population, no one can get the flu from an inactivated influenza vaccine. The vaccine only covers the respiratory-type of influenza, not the “stomach flu”.

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Celebrating Pharmacists’ and Pharmacy Technicians’ Long Journey

Posted by Linda F. McElhiney,PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA, FASHP on Oct 20, 2017 6:46:24 AM

The art of pharmacy has been practiced for centuries and it is truly one of the oldest professions. According to the University of the Pacific Academy of Student Pharmacists, pharmacy and the treatment with drugs goes back to about 2600 B.C. in Babylonia and it has evolved into one of the most trusted and respected professions. The doctors and healers used to compound medicines for their patients, but starting in the late 1600s, apothecarists (the old term for pharmacists) started to compound medicines and created a variety of different medicines and tonics touted to cure different ailments. Most medicines were actually compounded by pharmacists until World War II when more drug manufacturers were started.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Linda F. McElhiney,PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA, FASHP on Oct 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Most people have been affected personally or know someone who has or have had breast cancer: family, friends, co-workers, and/or acquaintances. It is the second leading cause of death in women (after lung cancer). According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2017, ACS estimates that 252,710 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 40,610 or about 20% will die from it. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to learn some facts about this disease, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and what pharmacists can do for patients before and after diagnosis and treatment.

Only 5% to 10% of breast cancers are genetically linked or “runs in the family”. Most cancers are “sporadic” meaning there is no genetic connection to developing the disease. Some risk factors can be reduced or avoided with changes in lifestyle and habits: sedentary, poor diet, obesity, frequent alcohol consumption, and hormone replacement therapy. The following risk factors cannot be avoided or changed:

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Incorporating CAPA into the Quality Assurance Program

Posted by Linda F. McElhiney,PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA, FASHP on Sep 7, 2017 6:00:02 AM

The USP standards generally outline characteristics of a quality assurance program, but really do not specifically go into detail or requirements for a program. The pharmacist has the professional discretion to create a quality assurance program for his or her practice site. According to the USP<797>1, characteristics of a QA program include the following:

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Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation

Posted by Spectrum Pharmacy Products on Aug 18, 2017 6:59:16 AM

There is growing clinical interest in the coenzyme Q10 and its health benefits either as a supplement or in its natural state. Also known as CoQ10, this coenzyme is a natural antioxidant synthesized by our bodies and found in almost all cell membranes. These antioxidants are responsible for removing free radicals from our bodies that can damage cells and contribute to aging, as well as heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.

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