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February 24, 2017
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Breaking News

Pharmacy Advocacy at Work at the Minnesota Legislature

SF 1049 was introduced in the Minnesota Senate on Feb. 16. This is the companion to HF 1140, and would grant pharmacists the authority to prescribe self-administered hormonal contraceptives, nicotine replacement products, opiate antagonists, and travel medications. Our authors in the Senate are Tony Lourey of Duluth, Julie Rosen of Vernon Center, John Hoffman of Champlin and Jim Abeler of Anoka. The bill has been referred to the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee; three of the authors serve on this committee.

News from MPhA

More Photos from Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day!

Thanks again to all the pharmacists and pharmacy students who joined us last week for the annual Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day. We made some great contacts with new and experienced legislators during the event. Here are a few more photos.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (left) took a selfie with one of our visit teams.

Sen. Greg Clausen (second from left) met with a visit team at his office.

Sen. Carolyn Laine (second from left) met with a group of MPhA members, including Phuong Nguyen, Kent Bridgeman and Immediate Past President Jeff Lindoo.

To see more photos from the event, visit the MPhA Facebook page.

Support the Pharmacy Advocacy Fund

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day really showcased the energy and forward motion that PATF lobbyist Buck Humphrey has brought to proactively promote pharmacy’s advocacy agenda through the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature. This financial lobbying commitment is being shared equally by MPhA and the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Because of the good-faith commitment we have made, we need a commitment from you! Every member of the MPhA Board of Directors has contributed to the fund! Please join them — and contribute financially to our important work! Read more and donate now.

Minnesota News

Phi Lambda Sigma Hosts Leadership & Networking Symposium

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) invites pharmacists and pharmacy students to attend a Leadership and Networking Symposium on Saturday, April 1, at the Campus Club in Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. The keynote will be presented by MPhA member Craig Else, Pharmacy Director at HealthEast. The purpose of this event is to connect students with PLS alumni and other leaders in our profession. There is no cost for pharmacists to attend this event; simply RSVP to Michelle Tran at or (763) 222-4762.

In Memoriam: Martin Erickson IV

Martin Erickson IV, son of MPhA Past President Martin A. Erickson III and grandson of long-time member Jeanne Erickson, passed away on Jan. 10 at the age of 35 as the result of sepsis related to paraplegia post-aorta surgery 4 years ago. Martin was a licensed paramedic and had practiced with Ringdahl EMS in Fergus Falls, Minn., and with AMR in Palm Springs, Calif. The Board and staff of MPhA extend our deepest sympathy to Past President Erickson and the entire family on this devastating loss.

A Celebration of Life is planned for March 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Mayflower Community Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, Minn. 55419, with lunch, fellowship, an opportunity to view photographs, and story sharing to follow.

Before his paralysis, Martin enjoyed riding his motorcycle, having driven it from Palm Springs to the Gulf Coast and later up the Mississippi Valley to Minnesota; he had begun taking flying lessons, following his grandfather's, father's, and uncle Kirk's examples. He was a licensed Amateur Radio Operator (W0JFC, his Grandpa Erickson's former call). In spite of the paralysis, he maintained contacts with his many friends, including driving his pickup truck alone to a friend's wedding in San Diego, Calif., and back. He was kind, compassionate, a community builder, and intellectually curious, having pursued a wide range of academic subjects, from psychology to world religions. He planned to further his education by completing his BS, then a Physician's Assistant Master's degree, with a view to practicing in a psychiatric clinic.

Paige Clark Presents Melendy Lecture in Duluth

This year’s Samuel W. Melendy Lecture in Duluth was presented on Feb. 21 by Paige Clark, RPh, Director of Alumni Relations and Professional Development at Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Clark’s presentation was titled, “Ethics, Policies and the Pharmacist’s Role in Patient Self-Determined End of Life.” She shared her thoughts about Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.

Use Your Member Benefits

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

When most pharmacists begin practicing, they’ve incurred steep education debt. When pharmacist borrowers learn about loan relief programs and correctly implement them, they reduce a major source of stress and save thousands of dollars on their student loans. MPhA is partnering with Navigate, LLC for student loan expert advice.

Through this benefit you will discover:

  • Is Public Service Loan Forgiveness right for me?
  • Will the new Revised Pay As You Earn repayment plan lower my payments?
  • Does private consolidation and refinance make sense for my situation?

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!

Complimentary On-Demand Virtual Coffee Break Webinars Available to MPhA Members

MPhA offers monthly educational webinars that provide you with education from experts on best practices, trends, effective solutions, and quality resources to help you advance your career as an pharmacy professional. E-learning is ideal for those who are unable to travel or are looking for educational opportunities in between conferences. The program provides opportunities to obtain CEs from the comfort of your home or office with both live and on-demand options. View the archive. These webinars are free for MPhA members — another benefit of membership!

Technicians: Get a Discount on Power-Pak Continuing Education — Earn Your Board-Required CE with Unlimited Two-Year Access

MPhA has entered a partnership with Power-Pak, one of the nation’s leading providers of continuing education for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists. MPhA pharmacy technician members receive a 12.5% discount off the Power-Pak CE Pharmacy Technician Library where you can earn your entire CE required by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy during the two-year access period.

Power-Pak’s pharmacy technician recertification courses were developed by educational specialists from Postgraduate Healthcare Education, Power-Pak C.E. in conjunction with faculty from leading colleges of pharmacy. The objectives for each T-designated course align with the core competencies listed in PTCB's Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint. So if you are a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) these resources will allow you to meet your PTCB CE requirements as well.

Normally the two-year access fee is $39.95. There are more than 20 activities across topics from patient safety and new drugs to pharmacy calculations and drug storage. There are also live Webinars every month.

MPhA pharmacy technician members are able to access the library for $34.95. In addition, MPhA pharmacy technician members will receive a discount for the Power-Pak MTM Certificate Training Course for Pharmacy Technicians — $24.95 rather than the $29.95 regular fee.

National News

DIR Bills Introduced in U.S. Congress

From National Community Pharmacy Association Advocacy Center Update: Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), along with 16 of their colleagues, have introduced H.R. 1038, the "Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act," that would prohibit retroactive pharmacy DIR fees. The bill was introduced with very strong support including the chair and vice-chair of the Republican Conference, five members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and also the chairmen of the Judiciary and powerful House Rules Committees.

Additional members of Congress who are sponsors of H.R. 1038 include (in alphabetical order) Reps. Bruce Babin (R-Texas), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), and Pete Sessions (R-Texas).

In the Senate, Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced the identical bill (S. 413) along with six of their colleagues. Additional original sponsors of S. 413 include (in alphabetical order) John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

So far, no members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation have signed on as co-sponsors; please go to the NCPA Legislative Action Center to send an email asking them to sign on.

Additionally, NCPA has developed an infographic titled “How Pharmacy DIR Fees Work” as another tool to bolster our arguments and better explain the issue.

Register for the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update: This is a critical time for your pharmacy! Ensure community pharmacy is heard as lawmakers replace the Affordable Care Act. Join the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In April 26-27 in Washington, D.C. It’s much shorter and more affordable this year so you can come to Capitol Hill and advocate for your patients and your business. Help us urge lawmakers to ban retroactive pharmacy DIR fees, support ‘any willing pharmacy’ legislation, fight mandatory PBM mail order, and enact pharmacist provider status legislation. Register now online or by calling 1-800-544-7447 and make your voice heard in the halls of Congress.

Pharmacists Mutual Recognizes Field Representatives

The Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company 2016 Team of the Year Award was presented to the following Field Representatives and their respective states: Anne Kelley (Alaska, Ore., Wash.), Kevin Dotseth (Idaho, Mont., Ore., Wash., Wyo.), Larry Mai (Calif., Ore.), Marie Werner (Calif.), Melissa McKean (Neb., S.D.), Mike Jarvis (Calif., Nev.), Ryan Goodrich (Ariz., N.M., Nev.), Tom Nilsson (Minn.), Tom Quesenbery (Colo.), and Wayne Brownstein (Calif.).
Field Representatives Recognized

MPhA Events

Register Now for the March 15 MPhA Virtual Coffee Break

Specialty Medications and Emerging Biosimilars

Join us on Wednesday, March 15, for a webinar presentation (free to all MPhA members!) with Tim Affeldt, PharmD, Director of Specialty/Infusion Operations at Fairview Pharmacy Services, LLC. In this webinar you will learn about the current specialty pharmacy marketplace, how specialty pharmacies are involved and the types of roles pharmacists play in a specialty pharmacy. Then you will learn about the current status of biosimilars in the market place including recent activities of the FDA and implications of biosimilars on pharmacists.

Registration Fees:

  • FREE for MPhA Members, including Pharmacy Technicians, students and residents
  • $25 Nonmember

Register Online

Register Now for APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Join us on Saturday, April 8, for this full-day training program! This innovative, intensive, and practice-based continuing pharmacy education is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. 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.

Register Online

Register Now for APhA’s MTM Certificate Training Program

Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Join us on Thursday, May 4, for a full-day training program that qualifies you to register as a provider with Minnesota Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. The program will be held at the Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul.

Our facilitators will be Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and 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. Register no later than April 1 to get started on the self-study portion of the program!

Register Online

Did you Know?

Pharmacists Can Help Fight the Stigma of Mental Illness

From Pharmacy Times: Mental illness is more common than people think. According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, every year, about 43.6 million Americans have some form of mental illness. Thora Brown, PharmD, writes about the topic of how stigma keeps people from seeking proper treatment for mental illnesses — and how pharmacists can help to reassure patients that it is OK to seek help and take the right medications.

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