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Small Doses

March 9, 2018
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Mission Moments:

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day Continues to Make Waves

Pharmacy issues are actively under consideration at the Capitol and MPhA members continue to meet with key legislators to discuss pharmacy advocacy. This week, MPhA President Michelle Aytay, Camille Kundel and Anjoli Punjabi met with Sen. Bobby Joe Champion of Minneapolis; Sen. Champion is the ranking minority member of the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee. Lobbyist Buck Humphrey and Public Affairs Committee Co-chair Jeff Lindoo have had many meetings with legislators and regulators this week as the session heats up and critical committee hearings are scheduled. Watch for a separate MPhA Issue Alert in the next few days and visit the MPhA website for news.

Thanks again to those of you who took the time to meet with your legislators as part of Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day last week! At least two legislators included information about the visits in their constituent newsletters.

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 will continue to showcase these Mission Moments as part of Small Doses. If you have an example to share, please send it to Laurie Pumper


REGISTER NOW! Foundation Wine Dinner, March 24: 50 Maximum for this Exclusive Event

Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation logo

The Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation (MPF) will hold an exclusive 4-course wine pairing dinner with a pre-dinner gathering at the Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The incredible menu has been custom-created by Chef Kevin Gillis to match the wines from Santa Margherita and Marietta Vineyards.

The private Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club is a lovely setting on the Mississippi River where guests will watch the sunset while gathering for the elegant dinner. The event is limited to 50 people. Unlike past events, this is a wine pairing—full pours—not a tasting. Guests will enjoy the program featuring wine connoisseur Davina Albanese describing the five wines you’ll experience then Chef Gillis will give insights on his food pairings for each. A gourmet indulgence to support student pharmacists! The cost is $125 for all who wish to attend.

Register Online

Minnesota News

Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Survey for Community Pharmacists

Attention all Community Pharmacists: Be on the lookout in your inboxes for a short survey produced by the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Pharmacists Association, and the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy! This survey targets community pharmacists in an effort to understand the attitudes, knowledge, and practices regarding antibiotic stewardship in Minnesota. Responses are due Sunday, March 18. Links to the survey can be found in the emails sent to your inbox. Antibiotic resistance is growing globally with repercussions in every corner of health care. Responding to this 10-minute survey is your chance to influence and improve health care across the continuum of care!

Minnesota Night Reception at APhA Conference

MPhA is fortunate to have a large delegation attending the APhA Conference in Nashville this year. If you are attending, you are invited to attend a Minnesota Night Reception on Sunday, March 18, from 9 to 11 p.m. The reception will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel in Legends Ballroom FG.

MPSA Annual Fundraiser Set for April 27

MPSA is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 400 University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy students. The organization is committed to the advancement of the pharmacy profession and the development of student pharmacists by providing extracurricular opportunities that foster professional engagement. The funds raised from the MPSA annual auction will go toward professional development opportunities for pharmacy students and sponsorship of health care related community outreach events in Minnesota.

MPSA members provide community outreach through several service projects across Minnesota and internationally. All screenings and services are provided to patients free of charge and include:

  1. Glucose monitoring
  2. Cholesterol checks
  3. Blood pressure readings
  4. Influenza vaccination clinics
  5. Medication safety presentations in local schools and churches
  6. Diabetes screenings and counseling
  7. Education on appropriate over-the-counter medication use and medication adherence

More information about the specifics of the auction and MPSA can be found at

The Auction will be held on Friday, April 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Campus Club at the Minneapolis East Bank campus. If you or your colleagues want to attend this event and/or donate to MPSA, please complete the RSVP form.

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

National News

Ten Organizations Support Proposed EPCS Act

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, March 2: It isn’t often these days when the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) teams up with a PBM like Prime Therapeutics — but that’s what happened after U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely (EPCS) Act Feb. 27 to combat opioid overdoses by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled substances under Medicare, along with cosponsors Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Ten organizations — including NCPA, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association and Prime Therapeutics — sent a letter of support for the legislation to Sens. Heller and Bennet.

Klobuchar among Senate Authors on CARA 2.0 Bill

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, March 2: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 Act (S. 2456) to increase the funding authorization levels for the CARA programs enacted in 2016 and put in place additional policy reforms to help combat the opioid epidemic.

The bill includes a three-day limit on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain; allows states to waive the limit on the number of patients a physician can treat with buprenorphine so long as they follow evidence-based guidelines; and would require physicians and pharmacists use their state PDMP upon prescribing or dispensing opioids, among other provisions.

CDC Report Shows Opioid Overdoses Continue at High Levels

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, March 7: Opioid overdose visits to U.S. hospital emergency departments (EDs) rose 34.5% from third-quarter 2016 to third-quarter 2017, according to a report in the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs. All five U.S. regions saw increases in prevalence, but the Midwest saw the largest increase at 69.7%. Substantial increases were seen for all demographic groups. Read the full CDC report.

MPhA Events

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

May 4, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Register by April 9!
This program approved by Minnesota Medicaid

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. The MTM Certificate training program (3rd Edition) presents a systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining MTM services. It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully, and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice settings.

Facilitators: Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy; Michelle A. Johnson, BCACP, Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online evaluation; and post-seminar case exercise. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break Webinar: Pharmacy Professional Liability — Lessons Learned from an Ongoing Study of over 10,000 Claims

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. CDT

The Pharmacists Mutual Claims Study was started in 1989 by Ken Baker, a pharmacist/ lawyer at the company. While the majority of the company's claims come from independent community pharmacies, there are claims from many different practice sites: hospitals, long term care, compounding pharmacies, and chain pharmacies. The Claims Study was started to gather the claims that were being reported and organize the information in a manner that allowed other pharmacists to learn from the mistakes. No other organization has the kind of access to the claims information Pharmacists Mutual does. The Claims Study today has over 12,000 records in its database, with an average of 1 to 2 such claims every day, 365 days a year.

About Our Speaker

Kristen Jones graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2003 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Kristen has practiced in both retail and hospital pharmacy prior to starting her position at Pharmacists Mutual in 2014. She is a member of ASHP, NCPA and IACP. She currently resides in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Registration Fees

  • Our Virtual Coffee Break webinars are complimentary for MPhA members.
  • The cost is $25 for nonmembers.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Co-hosted by Fairview Pharmacy Services and MPhA • April 22, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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.

Faculty: John Creasy, RPh, Melanie Schwartz, RPh, and Laurie Deegan, RPh, all with Fairview Pharmacy Services

The deadline to register for this program is April 11.

Did You Know?

For the Cosmetics Industry, a Regulatory Makeover

From APhA website, March 2: A congressional effort is under way to intensify federal regulation over cosmetics and personal-care products for the first time in 80 years. A bipartisan group of Senate staffers have reached a tentative agreement to stiffen oversight of safety standards for beauty products, which until now have only been lightly regulated by FDA. Consumer safety groups have long called for tighter regulation of the cosmetics industry amid concerns about chemicals found in beauty and hair-care products, but past efforts to increase regulation have failed. This time around, however, powerful businesses and trade group Personal Care Products Council generally support the effort to produce a new law. Read more.