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September 8, 2017
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News from MPhA

2017 MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event & MTM Symposium a Success!

More than 200 pharmacists, technicians, pharmacy students and sponsors gathered yesterday and today for MPhA’s biggest event of the year. From a compelling keynote presentation by Dr. Mark Loafman to kick off the event to today’s closing presentation from new College of Pharmacy Dean Lynda Welage, our speakers kept everyone engaged and sparked new ideas and conversations.

A packed room of intrigued participants greeted Dr. Mark Loafman for his presentation on integrating medication management into primary care.

Our breakout sessions, including this one on JCPP Pharmacists Patient Care Process (led by Allyson Schlichte, PharmD, MBA, BCACP and Keri Hager, PharmD, BCACP) were very well attended and generated thought-provoking discussion.

Congratulations to our award winners! Left to right: Immediate Past President Molly Ekstrand, Kati Dvorak (winner of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist award), Denise Frank (recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia award), Laura Palombi (winner of the Cardinal Generation Rx award), Anjoli Punjabi (recipient of the Excellence in Innovation award), Baron Tisthammer (winner of the Pharmacy Technician of the Year award), Todd Sorensen (winner of the Harold R. Popp Award) and MPhA President Michelle Aytay.

For additional photos from ALNE, visit the MPhA Facebook page and watch for a recap in the Fall issue of the Minnesota Pharmacist journal.

Many thanks to our sponsors for ALNE! We couldn’t enjoy this continued success without their support.

Platinum Sponsors

McKesson Drug

Pharmacists Mutual

Gold Sponsor

Novartis

Silver Sponsors

AmeriSourceBergen

Novo Nordisk

AstraZeneca

Nutri-Dyn

Charterpoint Wealth Strategies

Sanofi

HealthEast Pharmacy

Upsher Smith Laboratories

Ideal Protein of America

Walgreens

Lilly, USA

Bronze Sponsor

Smart-Fill

Friday Lunch Sponsor

Coffee Sponsor

University of Minnesota - College of Pharmacy

NACDS

Exhibitors

AbbVie

McKesson Drug

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Merck Vaccines

AMAG Pharmaceuticals

Minnesota Department of Health - Immunization Program

AmeriSourceBergen

Minnesota Department of Health - One & Only Campaign

Amgen

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Northwestern Mutual

AstraZeneca

Novartis

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Novo Nordisk

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Nutri-Dyn

Cardinal Health

OneOme, LLC

Charterpoint Wealth Strategies

Pfizer

Daiichi-Sankyo

Pharmacists Mutual Companies

Essentia Health

Purdue Pharma L.P.

HealthEast Pharmacy

Sanofi

Ideal Protein of America

Smart-Fill

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy

Lilly USA, LLC

Upsher Smith Laboratories

Walgreens

Minnesota News

Lucinda Maine Receives Alumni Service Award

Lucinda Maine, a 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, will receive the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award at the Alumni Association’s celebratory event on Oct. 19.

“So much of my career success was shaped by my time at the University of Minnesota and by the people affiliated with the College of Pharmacy. I’m grateful,” Maine said. Maine has been executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy since 2002. Previously, she held several senior VP positions over a 10-year period at the American Pharmacists Association. She also served as associate dean and director of professional relations at Samford Universtiy School of Pharmacy.

Use Your Member Benefits

MPhA Partners with AAA for Member Discount

MPhA has partnered with AAA to provide members, their families and friends with a 15% discount on new and renewal AAA membership. In addition to the well-known AAA roadside assistance, AAA membership provides significant discounts on travel, touring services, car care and insurance. AAA has discounts with more than 160,000 partners. If you already hold AAA membership, you’ll save on renewal dues with this benefit. For both new and renewal memberships, contact MPhA’s AAA representative, Scott Dieter, at 507-258-6366 or dsdieter@mn-ia.aaa.com

National News

Proposed Revisions to the Pharmacy Profession’s MTM Definition

A Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) Workgroup, comprised of 13 national pharmacy organizations is seeking feedback on proposed revisions to the pharmacy profession’s definition of “Medication Therapy Management.” Specifically, JCPP is requesting comments on the proposed draft definition, a proposed new term for the definition, and supporting text promoting the value of pharmacists in delivering the spectrum of services described in the definition.

Background and rationale for the proposed changes and a brief survey for collecting feedback are available here. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete and responses are saved as they are entered so the survey can be completed at a later time, if necessary.

Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, September, 29. Thank you in advance for participating in this important activity for the profession! Please address any questions to Anne Burns at aburns@aphanet.org.


NCPA Reps Discuss Opioid Crisis with HHS Secretary

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Aug. 27: Representatives of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) met with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price recently to discuss how independent pharmacies can play a role in curbing the growing opioid crisis. Meeting with Price in Washington were NCPA CEO Doug Hoey; George Garmer, pharmacist/owner of Halethorpe Pharmacy in Baltimore; and Kevin Schweers, NCPA senior vice president of government and public affairs. They told Price that NCPA members are ready to work with the Trump Administration to adopt practical solutions to fight opioid abuse, including expanding consumer access to naloxone.


APhA Supply Chain Security Working Group Opportunity

From APhA Medical Home ACO SIG Digest, Aug. 30: APhA is convening members to help inform FDA and industry regarding pharmacists' concerns related to drug supply chain security and implementation related to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The working group would provide feedback via conference call and email, and the anticipated time commitment is 1-4 hours per month.

Those interested in applying do not need to be DSCSA experts, but rather, should have experience with ordering or returning pharmaceuticals, unloading pharmaceutical shipments, serving as the Pharmacist In Charge, maintaining records for compliance purposes, developing and implementing compliance plans or working with trading partners (i.e., wholesale distributors, manufacturers).

Interested members should submit your résumé and a 1-2 paragraph summary of your current role for consideration to Jenna Ventresca, APhA Dir. Health Policy at jventresca@aphanet.org by September 11, 2017.

MPhA Events

Last Chance to Register! APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Course

Sunday, September 17 • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health.

The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span. The event is co-hosted by Fairview Pharmacy Services and MPhA. For a complete list of learning objectives for the self-study and live seminar, please visit APhA’s website.

Faculty: John Creasy, RPh, Fairview Pharmacy Services; Laurie Deegan, RPh, Fairview Pharmacy Services; Melanie Schwartz, RPh, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Hurry! Today is the final day of registration!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
MPhA member pricing: $349 • Non-member pricing: $449

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Register Now for September Virtual Coffee Break Webinar

USP Chapter 800: The Basics Wednesday, September 20, 11:30 a.m. CDT

In this one-hour webinar on Wednesday, September 20, we will cover the history and content of the NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs (HDs) in Healthcare Settings, and USP Chapter 800 as it applies to all pharmacies. Additionally, we will discuss in more detail the requirements and process for a pharmacy to list HDs in stock and for performing a risk assessment. We will also review the physical requirements of the pharmacy, personal protective equipment (PPE), and staff training requirements.

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September 20, 2017 • Online Webinar
FREE for all MPhA Members • Non-member cost: $25 per person

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Did You Know?

Fewer Antibiotic Prescriptions Are Being Filled

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, August 28: A new study shows that Americans with commercial insurance have slowed their use of antibiotics in recent years. A Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) study analyzed 173 million claims of subscribers younger than age 65 who filled antibiotic prescriptions during 2010-2016. BCBSA Chief Medical Officer Trent Haywood says the results show that doctors and patients are paying more attention to warnings about antibiotic overuse. He noted that more remains to be done, considering that the study found about 20% of filled prescriptions were inappropriate for the patient’s condition.