MPhA News

Small Doses

November 10, 2017
News from MPhA
Minnesota News
Use Your Member Benefits
National News
MPhA Events
Did You Know?

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

Last week, November 1-3, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) held its annual Leadership Summit in Alexandria, Va. PQA’s newly revised mission statement was revealed at the Leadership Summit: “Optimizing health by advancing the quality of medication use.” PQA also coordinated a Team Based Care Workshop with NCPA, promoting team-based partnerships with pharmacists in all practice settings. Steve Simenson was a key leader there. Several MPhA members have taken a very active role in the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. Molly Ekstrand is currently co-chair of the Implementation Advisory Panel; Dan Rehrauer and Amanda Brummel serve on the Quality Metrics Expert Panel. The three have also served on Measure Development Teams and Stakeholder Advisory Panels.

Left to right: Todd Sorensen, Dan Rehrauer, Melanie Nelson (PQA staff), Terri Warholak (University of Arizona) and Molly Ekstrand

Left to right: Molly Ekstrand, Steve Simenson, Amanda Brummel and Dan Rehrauer at the Team Based Care Workshop.

Editor’s Note: During our Annual Learning Networking Event in September, MPhA made note of Mission Moments — those times when a member clearly exemplified our mission to advance patient care. As we move through the year, we hope to showcase these Mission Moments as part of Small Doses. If you have an example to share, please send it to Laurie Pumper lauriep@mpha.org.


Successful Town Hall with Duluth Area Pharmacists

We had an amazing night with the Duluth Area Pharmacists earlier this week! We had a great time mixing with pharmacists, student pharmacists, faculty and the pharmacy community — plus an excellent discussion about how to improve patient care. Thanks to lobbyist Buck Humphrey for participating in the program! Watch for a report from Buck in next week’s edition of Small Doses. For more photos, visit the MPhA Facebook page.

Minnesota News

Opportunities for Pharmacists on Minnesota Boards and Commissions

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and several other boards and commissions are looking for one or more pharmacists to serve as members. MPhA encourages members to apply for these vacancies in order to ensure adequate representation across pharmacy practices.

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy — Closing Date: November 27
The Board of Pharmacy seeks one Pharmacist member and two Public Members. View more information about the position. The posting is available at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website through December 6. When you are ready to apply, click the green "apply" button next to the position name. If you have not applied for a position on this website before, you will be asked to create an account and a profile. You will only have to do this once, no matter how many positions you apply for.

Once you created your account and profile, you can apply by selecting the green "apply" button next to the position name. The application page will open. Here you can fill out the application and upload your cover letter and résumé. A cover letter and résumé are recommended but not required.

If you are appointed to this position, you will receive notice from the appointing authority.
For individuals without online access, the following Word file can be printed and used to apply: Open Appointments Application. Once the form has been completed it can be delivered in person or by mail to:

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1299

Phone: 651-556-0643

Applicants may also submit a cover letter, résumé or other information that might be helpful to the appointing authority. ALL applications become public information once submitted.

For additional information please email: Open.Appointments@state.mn.us

Minnesota Drug Utilization Review Board — Closing Date: November 27
The Drug Utilization Board has two openings for Pharmacist members. View more information about the positions.

Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Work Group — Closing Date: November 27
The Opioid Prescribing Work Group has one opening for a Pharmacist member, plus one opening for a Pharmacy Director Health Plan Company. View more information about the positions.


COP Hosts Pre-Game Reception

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy will host a pre-football game reception in McNamara Alumni Center on Saturday, Nov. 11, 8-11 a.m. You don’t need a game ticket to attend the reception — just come and have fun! All students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the college are invited. Registration will be handled onsite.


MNsure Open Enrollment Period

The open enrollment period for MNsure runs from Nov. 1, 2017, to Jan. 14, 2018. Patients can compare medical and dental plans, learn about financial help and get information about how to choose the right plan for them at the MNsure website.

At the national level, Healthcare.gov opened on Wednesday, November 1. Because of repeal efforts, there’s been a lot of confusion over whether Open Enrollment is happening this year, so please take this opportunity to educate your patients. Get America Covered has created a social media toolkit (with Facebook and Twitter posts and graphics).

Use Your Member Benefits

Get Smart about Your Student Loan Repayment Options: MPhA Membership Benefit

Many pharmacists have incurred steep education debt by the time they begin practicing. Loan relief programs can reduce a major source of stress and save thousands of dollars for pharmacists on their student loans. MPhA is partnering with Navigate, LLC for student loan expert advice.

Schedule your student loan consultation today. MPhA members receive over 50% off regular rates. A regular public service loan consult would be $1,000 — but MPhA members are able to receive this consult for $395. A regular loan refinance consult would be $500 but MPhA members are able to receive this service for $195. That’s a savings of $305-$605 and provides an incredible return on your MPhA membership investment. Satisfaction is guaranteed!

Navigate’s principal, Joy Sorenson Navarre, is a national expert on student loan management who consults individually with physicians and pharmacists. She is a popular speaker at residency programs, medical schools and hospitals. Her articles appear in journals and websites throughout the medical community.

Schedule your phone appointment today. Get smart about your student loan repayment options and take advantage of this important MPhA member benefit!

National News

Federal Commission on Opioid Epidemic Endorses Proposals Supported by NCPA

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Nov. 3: The final report of the President’s Commission on Combatting the Opioid Crisis endorsed several NCPA-supported concepts, including more prescriber education for controlled substances; expanded access to the overdose-reversing drug naloxone; greater availability to medication-assisted therapy; enhancing the scope and functionality of prescription drug monitoring programs; and more scrutiny and restrictions on certain controlled substances delivered through the mail. Read NCPA’s complete response online. In related news, HHS Office for Civil Rights recently advised health care providers how they are allowed under HIPAA to share health information with a patient’s loved ones in emergency or dangerous situations.


DEA Sets Record at Drug Take Back Day

From DEA news release, Nov. 7: Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since fall 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons.

Now in its 8th year, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens. The DEA action came just days after President Trump announced the mobilization of his entire administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioids crisis.


Ohio Voters Reject Ballot Measure to Curb Drug Prices Paid by State

From Pharmacy Today, Nov. 8: Ohio voters rejected the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act on Nov. 7. The ballot initiative sought to curb prescription drug prices paid by the state for prisoners, injured workers and poor people. The pharmaceutical industry spent approximately $70 million to oppose the measure, saying it would reduce access to medicines and raise prices for veterans and others. The Ohio Pharmacists Association and veterans groups also opposed the act.

Supporters, led by the California-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said it would save the state millions of dollars and could force the industry to reduce prices elsewhere. The measure would have required the state to pay no more for prescription drugs than the Department of Veterans Affairs' lowest price, which is often deeply discounted. A similar ballot measure went before California voters last year and failed. South Dakota is among states where proponents plan to try again next year.

MPhA Events

Register Now: Collaborative Continuing Education Program with AADE-MN

Antidiabetic Medications and the Heart: Help or Hindrance? Featuring Sean Stewart, PharmD, BCACP, CLS, Park Nicollet Medication Management Pharmacist

Please join us again this year as we continue the partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE-MN). The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, beginning with social time, networking and dinner (5-6:30 p.m.) and program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program will be live at the Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Drive, St. Paul, MN 55114 in the University Enterprise Laboratory (UEL) building. Get all the details and register now! (Be sure to use the MPhA code!)

This program is approved for 1.0 Pharmacist Continuing Education Credit through ACPE. Learners will become more knowledgeable about diabetes medications and their cardiovascular impacts to better meet the everyday challenges seen in the practice of DSME/S. Participants will be able to: Describe the relationship between glycemic control and cardiovascular outcomes; review cardiovascular effects of the established antidiabetic agents—metformin, sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones and insulin; summarize recent cardiovascular outcome trials of newer antidiabetic agents—DPP4 inhibitors, GLP-1agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors; and apply the available data on cardiovascular efficacy and safety of all the diabetes medications to a patient case, to then be able to identify potential patients that may benefit from certain antidiabetic medications.

AADE-MN is handling all registration for the event through its page. MPhA Members should enter in code: MPhA to receive complimentary attendance. When registering, you will see several remote locations across the state; MPhA members are welcome to attend, although MPhA will not have representatives onsite. There is also an option to view this presentation live through the AADE Adobe Room Platform, and MPhA members are welcome to utilize this as well. Special thanks to AADE-MN for co-hosting this event this year!


Virtual Coffee Break Webinar: The Pharmacist’s Role in Preventing Opioid Overdoses

Wednesday, November 15, 11:30 a.m. CST

Please join MPhA for our next Virtual Coffee Break Webinar. Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, will discuss the various roles that pharmacists can play in preventing opioid overdoses. This includes naloxone education and dispensing through the Minnesota Opiate Antagonist Protocol, controlled substance disposal and Minnesota's Syringe Access Initiative. Professor Blue and colleague, Laura Palombi, PharmD, have been actively surveying Minnesota pharmacists about the roles they currently and plan to play with regard to the naloxone protocol. You’ll hear the latest about this effort and be able to map a plan for your effort after this webinar.

About Our Speaker: Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed her PharmD at the University of Minnesota in 2007 as part of the first graduating class on the Duluth campus. She completed a PGY-1 residency at Allina Health Mercy and Unity hospitals. After residency, she spent 8 years as a clinical pharmacist at Mercy hospital. Heather also worked as the pharmacist consultant for Genevive, formerly Geriatric Services of Minnesota. She joined the College of Pharmacy faculty in Spring 2016. Her current research is based on her clinical practice as she implements pharmacy services in the emergency department at St. Luke’s Hospital Duluth and increases education of opioid overdose prevention in the emergency department, the pharmacy curriculum and the community.

Members attend FREE. Non-members are $25.

Did You Know?

Nearly 90% of Independent Community Pharmacists Say Medical Marijuana Should Be Legal

From National Community Pharmacists Association: As more states consider medical marijuana laws, pharmacy must consider its role in the debate. NCPA conducted a survey in August and September 2017; more than 500 independent community pharmacists responded. The results show that 87% of participants say marijuana should be legal for medical use. Learn more from an infographic prepared by NCPA.