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April 28, 2017
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Breaking News

DEA Drug Take-Back Day Is Tomorrow

Consumers will have the opportunity to dispose of unneeded or unwanted medications during Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., consumers may safely dispose of unwanted medications at one of thousands of collection sites coordinated by DEA and provided by law enforcement agencies and community organizations in all 54 United States jurisdictions. Additional information and a link to the DEA collection site locator are available in the Dispose Safely section of the AWARXE Prescription Drug Safety program webpages on NABP’s website.

Organized each year by DEA, this nationwide event is an opportunity for consumers to safely and legally dispose of unneeded medications, including prescription controlled substances, such as certain pain medications. The DEA Drug Take-Back Day is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information should be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events. DEA and its partners have collected over 7.1 million pounds (more than 3,500 tons) of pills during its previous 12 Take-Back events.

News From MPhA

Great Education & Networking at MPhA Town Hall Event

Thanks to the 100+ people who attended our Statewide Town Hall & Webinar event earlier this week! Anne Schullo-Feulner, PharmD, BCPS, provided a truly informative presentation on myocardial infarction. We had great interaction in all three of our locations (Rochester, Moorhead and the Twin Cities). We also appreciate our generous sponsors, who helped make this event possible:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Company
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Eli Lilly Diabetes Care
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • Novartis
  • Pharmacists Mutual Companies
  • Sanofi

Attendees at the Rochester location paid close attention to the presentation.

Nominate a Friend or Colleague Today for MPhA Awards and Recognition

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association frequently hears of pharmacy professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty. Help us recognize these pharmacy leaders and inspirations by nominating a pharmacist or pharmacy technician for one of our awards. Nominations are now open.

Read the full award descriptions.
See a list of past recipients.

Nomination form(s) and letters of support must be submitted to the MPhA office by Friday, June 16.

Minnesota News

You Can Still Register for Tonight’s Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance Fundraiser

The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) presents “A Night at the Casino” tonight, April 28, at the TCF Bank Stadium Indoor Clubroom. The fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m. Entry is just $15. To RSVP, go to

Measles Outbreak Highlights Need for Vaccination

The number of confirmed measles cases in Minneapolis reached 29 this week, according the Minnesota Department of Health. Until this week, all of the cases have been among kids in Hennepin County’s Somali community — but now a case has been confirmed in a Somali child in Stearns County. MDH expects that more cases of measles will be identified. In almost every case so far, MDH has confirmed that the children were not vaccinated; the child in Stearns County received the first shot, but didn't get the final vaccine. Get more information from the Minnesota Department of Health. As trusted health care professionals, pharmacists can help counsel patients about the need for vaccinations.

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

State Policy Recommendations for Pharmacist Medication Administration

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update: The Medication Administration Stakeholder Group, convened by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP), has developed state policy recommendations for pharmacist administration of medications. These recommendations encompass all non-vaccine medications, and also specifically address the administration of long-acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotic medications. Access the report.

HHS Provides $485 Million to States to Address Opioid Addiction

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will “soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction.” The funding will be the first of two rounds provided as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to support prevention, treatment and recovery services in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six U.S. territories. HHS Secretary Tom Price sent letters to governors whose states are receiving funding. The letters outline the Administration’s “firm commitment to address the opioid crisis.” The letters also indicate that in the second year of the program, Secretary Price intends to “develop funding allocations and policies that are the most clinically sound, effective and efficient.”

Grow Your Enhanced Services Revenue at Boot Camp, May 5-6

The Re-Engineering Your Pharmacy Boot Camp presented by NCPA’s Innovation Center is a jam-packed two-day training on the operations of an enhanced service business. Successful pharmacy owners share streamlined workflow, staff buy-in strategies, branding and more. Networking, training, and implementation support you need to take your pharmacy to the next level May 5-6 in the New York City metro area. Reserve your seat today!

MPhA Events

Registration Open Now for MPhA’s 2017 Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Event

Join Minnesota pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for a day of inspiration, information, influence building and crafting MPhA’s policy agenda at the 2017 MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, Minn. The program, themed, “Building Influence to Advance Patient Care & Practice,” is open to all members and non-members, in addition to those who will serve as delegates to the MPhA House of Delegates meeting. Non-delegates are welcome to stay and observe the policy deliberations that will lay the groundwork for MPhA’s policy agenda for the next year. MPhA seeks delegates — you will be asked if you are willing to serve and for which constituency during the registration process. MPhA will strive to assign delegates to their desired constituency but retains the right to assign delegates as needed to ensure all groups are represented.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the event is $45 for MPhA members, $60 for MPhA non-members and $20 for student pharmacists and includes breakfast, lunch and reception appetizers. Register now!

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Register Now for MPhA’s Virtual Coffee Break: Primer Webinar for 2017 House of Delegates

Join MPhA Speaker of the House Kati Dvorak, Vice Speaker Tony Olson, Parliamentarian Terry Hietpas and the MPhA leadership for an Open Forum Webinar on Wednesday, May 24 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Central Time during MPhA’s Virtual Coffee Break. We welcome both MPhA members and non-members for this webinar. The purpose is to walk you through the policy agenda for the MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates meeting on June 20 and get your input and answer your questions on MPhA policy.

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Save the Date!

2017 MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event

September 7–8, 2017 | St. Paul RiverCentre

Did You Know?

World Immunization Week

April 24-30, 2017, is World Immunization Week. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 10 million deaths were prevented between 2010 to 2015 due to vaccines. Remember to inquire if your patients are up to date on their vaccinations during MTM services. Visit the WHO site for more information about World Immunization Week.