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April 14, 2017
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Breaking News

Opioid State Targeted Response RFP: Deadline April 28

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has released a statewide request for proposal (RFP) for the Opioid State Targeted Response grant. Up to $4.29 million will be distributed through federal fiscal year 2018. Proposals are due by April 28 at 4 p.m. This is an expedited timeline to meet grant requirements from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Please view the request for proposal (RFP).

For more information contact Dave Rompa at

Reminder: Invite Your Member of Congress to Visit Your Pharmacy During Recess

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update: The U.S. Congress is in the middle of a two-week recess, meaning your representative most likely is back home and accessible for a few more days. Please invite your representative to drop by your pharmacy for a short visit/tour. Tell them you need just 15 minutes of their time. If you can’t arrange a visit, please send a letter.

  • Talk with them about PBM abuses: DIR fees, copay clawbacks, and how restrictive networks are harming the patients you serve. Ask for support of NCPA’s DIR fee (H.R. 1038/S. 413) and MAC bills (H.R. 1316) now pending in Congress.
  • After your visit, email and share with us any feedback and/or photos you got from your meeting.
  • So, get going: Call your representative’s district office today and issue the invitation. Here are tips on how to set up a visit.

There’s never been a better time for you to reach out to your member of Congress in this way. Your meetings will help fuel our success on your behalf. They need to hear from you…in-person, both in-district and on their turf in D.C.

Also, the Minnesota Legislature is on spring break until Tuesday, April 18. Invite your state senator and/or representative to your pharmacy. Talk to them about the good work that your pharmacy is doing now, and how our bill that would give pharmacists the authority to prescribe naloxone, self-administered contraceptives, nicotine replacement products and travel medications would help you serve your patients even better; while this legislation appears to be stalled for this year, the more we are able to communicate with our legislators, the better our position will be for 2018.

News From MPhA

The Pharmacy Advocacy Fund Needs Your Support

Please help MPhA to continue to proactively promote pharmacy’s advocacy agenda through the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature. Every contribution, no matter what amount, helps to close the gap. Lobbyist Buck Humphrey continues to work on behalf of MPhA and PATF on Medicaid reimbursement and many opioid-related bills that could impact pharmacy during this legislative session. MPhA is sharing the financial lobbying commitment with the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists. We do not have money in the operating budget for this expense. Donations from you — our members — are bringing us closer to our goal. Please contribute financially to our important work! Read more and donate now.

MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Event

Please save Tuesday, June 20, 2017 on your calendar for the MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates event! The program will be inspirational, motivational and provide you with the opportunity to network, learn and share with your peers throughout the day. Registration will open soon!

Minnesota News

Amid Opioid Crisis, Significant Decline in Minnesota Painkiller Prescriptions

From MinnPost, April 7: The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy reports that Minnesota health care professionals dispensed about 9 percent fewer prescriptions for controlled opioid painkillers in 2016 than in 2015. For most drugs, the state wouldn’t expect to see this kind of decline. MPhA 2018 President-Elect Jason Varin, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, said awareness of the risks of opioid addiction has likely contributed to the decline. Read the full article.

Minnesota Rural Health Conference

Registration is open now for the Minnesota Rural Health Conference.

In Memoriam: Michael Jorgenson

MPhA Life member Michael M. Jorgenson passed away recently at his home in Annandale. He was 83. Mike owned pharmacies in several towns in Minnesota, including Hogan Drug in Foley and Mike’s Pharmacy & Hallmark in Annandale. In 2001, Mike and wife Joan sold the pharmacy and Hallmark; Mike continued working for the Keaveny family until his official retirement in 2008. Watch for more information in the Spring issue of the Minnesota Pharmacist or visit the Dingmann Funeral Home website for details.

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!

Special Offer for MPhA Members: Individual Subscriptions to PharmacyLibrary Online References for You and Your Practice

MPhA is pleased to partner with the American Pharmacists Association to offer MPhA members a discounted subscription rate for the PharmacyLibrary — the leading collection of online pharmacy resources, updated monthly. The cost of even two of the more than 30 leading references for pharmacy is more than the discounted rate for the entire online library! A few of the references include:

  • Medication Errors, 2nd edition
  • Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals
  • Peripheral Brain for the Pharmacist, 4th edition
  • The Pharmacist in Public Health
  • The Pharmacy Professional's Guide to Résumés, CVs, & Interviewing, 3rd edition

To take advantage of the special rate of $224.99 — a 40% discount off the regular rate — MPhA members should go to and enter promo code MPhA at checkout.

National News

NCPA Attends MedPAC Meeting for DIR Discussion

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update: NCPA staff attended the April 7 meeting of MedPAC (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). One of the staff presentations focused on Payment and Plan Incentives in Medicare Part D and highlighted the growing concern regarding increased catastrophic spending and the ever-growing gap between gross price and net price.

MedPAC staff highlighted that the gap between gross and net price (DIR) has grown by more than 20% a year between 2010 and 2015. Many of the concerns that NCPA has been voicing with regard to DIR were also highlighted in the staff presentation. Commissioners identified several policies that could be considered to supplement the Commission’s 2016 Part D recommendation package, including making changes to how DIR received by Part D plans is factored in Medicare payments to these plans. There was “mixed support” among commissioners on the proposed DIR allocation change, which would provide a more equitable allocation of DIR between plans and Medicare. The commissioners generally agreed that more data was needed to assess how DIR allocation changes may impact plans and beneficiaries before advancing a DIR-related Part D policy.

Nominations Open for National Preceptor of the Year

From National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation: Nominations are being accepted for the NCPA Foundation National Preceptor of the Year award, which recognizes a pharmacist who has made a significant contribution to the education of pharmacy students as a preceptor in a community practice setting. Nominations must be postmarked by April 30, 2017. Get all the details.

MPhA Events

MPhA Statewide Town Hall & CE Webinar with Anne Schullo-Feulner, PharmD, BCPS — Medication Safety Post Myocardial Infarction: Transitions Matter

Wednesday, April 26 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Register Online

April MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Current Treatment Modalities & Clinical Standards for HIV Patients with Daniel Jude, PharmD, AAHIVP, CSP

Wednesday, April 19

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Save the Date!

2017 MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting

Tuesday, June 20 | Midland Hills Country Club

2017 MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event

September 7–8, 2017 | St. Paul RiverCentre

Did You Know?

April Is Minority Health Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health invites people from across the nation to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities — and to work together to accelerate health equity.
The Health Equity Action toolkit has what you need for your events and outreach efforts. Download graphics and logos, find social media guidance and drop-in content, get ideas for commemorating National Minority Health Month and more here.