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Reports: N.Y. governor issues executive order allowing medical marijuana

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — New York state has begun to legalize medical use of marijuana, albeit in limited form, according to published reports.

Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia allow the dispensing of marijuana for medical use, two of which — Colorado and Washington — have legalized recreational use, while Maryland allows medical use as a legal defense in criminal cases.

The New York provision, an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would allow prescribing of medical marijuana at up to 20 hospitals in the state, making its scope far more limited than in other states, where medical marijuana is allowed under statutory law and is usually sold in special dispensaries, according to reports. The New York Times reported that Cuomo would use the Antonio G. Olivieri Controlled Substance Therapeutic Research Program, which allows such medical conditions as cancer and glaucoma to be treated using controlled substances.

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Surescripts has added nearly two-dozen EHR vendors to network in the past year, company says

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — Electronic prescribing services provider Surescripts has added nearly two-dozen electronic health record vendors to its network over the last year, the company said Monday.

The software vendors include Adaptamed, AssistRx, Bizmatics, ChartLogic, HealthFusion, Merge Healthcare, SuccessEHS and others.

"As a trusted partner to many of these EHR vendors, we continue to make significant progress toward breaking down costly communication barriers among care providers," Surescripts president and CEO Harry Totonis said. Totonis said Thursday that he would step down in March, after five years at the helm of the company. "The Surescripts network provides connected eHRs and their rapidly growing contracted base the scale they need to connect care providers within a community and across the country."

The company said its clinical messaging allows patient-specific protected health information to be instantaneously and securely transmitted between healthcare providers, leading to increased efficiency, informed care decisions, better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs, and users will be able to easily connect to the network to enable clinical messaging part of their efforts to meet industry EHR standards.

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NASPA honors 42 pharmacists with innovation award

BY Alaric DeArment

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — More than three-dozen pharmacists in 41 states will receive the 2013 National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations’ Excellence in Innovation Award, which is designed to recognize pharmacists who have demonstrated significant innovation in their practice.

The award, sponsored by drug maker Upsher-Smith Labs, focuses on those innovations in practice, method or service that directly or indirectly improve patient care and the advancement of the pharmacy profession.

"Upsher-Smith is proud to sponsor NASPA’s efforts to recognize these talented innovators in the field of pharmacy," Upsher-Smith president and CEO Mark Evenstad said. "As a pharmacist, our chairman, Kenneth Evenstad, has instilled a great respect for the role of the pharmacist throughout Upsher-Smith. We believe the impact pharmacists can have on patient wellness and their passion for improving patient lives is truly inspiring."

The recipients of the award are Jeffrey Jerkins, Alabama; Amy Kennedy, Arizona; Lanita White, Arkansas; Charles Caley, Connecticut; William Harbester, Delaware; Sonia Martinez, Florida; Bobby Price, Georgia; Kara Izumi, Hawaii; Izabella Wentz, Illinois; Gloria Sachdev, Indiana; Heather Ourth, Iowa; Lisa Everett, Kansas; Buddy Wheeler, Kentucky; Errol Duplantis, Louisiana; Steve Maki, Maine; John Motsko, Maryland; Geoffrey Twigg, Maryland; Allison Paquin, Massachusetts; the FirstLight Health System Pharmacy Team, Minnesota; Robert Lomenick, Mississippi; Paul Perniciaro, Missouri; Matthew Bowman, Montana; Ajay Gupta, New Hampshire; Anne Crochunis, New Jersey; Jennifer Ortega, New Mexico; Elizabeth Phillips, New York; Stephen Eckel, North Carolina; Thrifty White Pharmacies, North Dakota; Joseph Dula, Ohio; John Crumly, Oklahoma; Bill Boyce, Oregon; Robert Maher, Pennsylvania; Anita Jackson, Rhode Island; Jessica Puckett-Beasley, South Carolina; Ryan Moss, Tennessee; Debra Lopez, Texas; Brandon Jennings, Utah; Michelle Herbert Thomas, Virginia; Stephen Setter, Washington; Denise Walbrandt Pigarelli, Wisconsin; and Scot Schmidt, Wyoming.

 

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