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Join Us at the 2017 MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event & MTM Symposium!

Chart Your Course for Change with MPhA, September 7-8 in St. Paul

Join your colleagues at this peer-designed event, which will allow to you create an agenda for your practice and professional development. This is not “just another meeting!” We have an excellent line-up of expert national and local speakers and topics! Here’s what’s in it for you:

  • Learn about two new medications for Type 2 Diabetes and their place in therapy from Natalie Roy, PharmD, and Stephanie Swanson, PharmD, Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residents at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.
  • Understand what the new JCPP Pharmacists Patient Care Process is, how it is being incorporated into the curriculum and how to use it as a preceptor from local experts Allyson Schlichte, PharmD, MBA, BACCP, Fairview Pharmacy Services, and Keri Hager, PharmD, BCACP, University of Minnesota.
  • Get the latest information on Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis program from the pharmacist’s perspective from Melani Bersten, PharmD, RPh, Minnesota Medical Solutions.
  • Learn how to help patient navigate situations when they can’t afford or access the medications they need from Sarah Groen, PharmD, BCPS, HealthPartners.
  • Put strategies in place to keep patients in follow up from local expert Ann Moyer, PharmD, HealthPartners Pharmacy Services.
  • Visit the Minnesota Naloxone Project booth in our exhibit hall on Thursday. Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, and Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH, MAT, are working to unify, educate and engage Minnesota pharmacists in finding solutions to a critical public health need while expanding pharmacists’ clinical and public health practice and supporting their role on the health care team.
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Hurry! The early registration deadline is coming up next week, on Thursday, August 24!

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Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation Presents: Great Minnesota Pharmacy Get Together

Thursday, September 7, 6-8 p.m. | RiverCentre, St. Paul

Whether you attend the ALNE or not, the Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation (MPF) invites you to join us at our annual fundraiser for student scholarships.

This year’s MPF event will be held on Thursday, September 7, in conjunction with the MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event, 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul RiverCentre. "The Great Minnesota Pharmacy Get Together" will feature a fun state fair theme. Participants will be able to network with pharmacy professionals while enjoying table games. Participants will be able to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a wide variety of donated prizes from theme baskets to fun events! In addition, the evening will feature the opportunity to purchase a ticket for our Wine pull. We will also give one lucky student a $250 Enrichment Experience grant so they may attend a national or state meeting.

The MPF event registration is included for all Annual Learning Networking Event participants. If you only attend the MPF event, the cost is $20 for student pharmacists and $50 for practitioners and guests.

If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, download this form to make a donation. If you are donating an item, please download this form.

Minnesota News

HealthPartners MTM Program Wins 2017 Pinnacle Award from APhA Foundation

Minnesota-based HealthPartners Medication Therapy Management Program has won the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation 2017 Pinnacle Award in the Group Practice-Health System-Health Care Corporation category.

The integrated health organization provides both care delivery and plan functions through a network of community and clinic-based pharmacists. It has the triple aim promoting improvement in patient experience, health outcomes, and affordability. It was the first health plan in Minnesota to provide an MTM benefit for members of its commercial plans in addition to Medicare and Medicaid members. Today, nearly 900,000 HealthPartners members across all 50 states can access MTM services with a pharmacist — either in-office, over the phone or in-home. HealthPartners has developed a pay-for-performance program to incentivize high engagement in its MTM program, and created standards for MTM services through collaboration with the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and other health system entities, APhA said.

MPhA Member Participates in U of M Chainbreaker Fundraising Event

MPhA member Allyson Schlichte, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Fairview MTM Operations Lead and MTM Provider and her husband Greg were among those participating in the University of Minnesota’s inaugural Chainbreaker bicycle event. All of the money raised by riders over the 3-day event will be used for cancer research.

Use Your Member Benefits

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:

  • Pharmacy Ethics: A Foundation for Professional Practice
  • Pharmacy Research: A How-To Guide for Students, Residents and New Practitioners
  • Pharmacy: An Introduction to the Profession, 2nd edition
  • Physiology Case Studies in Pharmacy
  • Principles of the Human Genome and Pharmacogenomics

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

When Pharmacists Can Provide Flu Shots, More Adults Get Vaccinated

From National Association of Chain Drug Stores news release, Aug. 14: A study by researchers from Avalere and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has found “overall, as states moved to allow pharmacists to administer influenza immunizations, the odds that an adult resident received an influenza immunization rose, with the effect increasing over time.” The information was published in an article in Clinical Therapeutics.

Free Webinar from NCPA: Pharmacy Security to Prevent Robbery, Theft and Diversion

Tuesday, August 22, 1-3 p.m. CDT

Pharmacy owners need to protect their employees and their business from crime. Join this complimentary webinar from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to learn about trends in crimes committed against pharmacies including robbery, burglary and internal theft or diversion by employees. Most importantly, learn how to make your pharmacy a difficult target and train your employees on how to respond to a robbery or when other crime is discovered. Michael L. Warren, risk manager for Pharmacists Mutual Companies, will discuss crime trends and strategies for managing them. It’s Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2-3 p.m. EDT/1-3 p.m. CDT. Register now. Email for additional information or if you have any difficulties signing up for the webinar.

More Americans Have Epilepsy than Ever Before

From CDC News Release, Aug. 11: The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) reports that the number of U.S. adults and children with epilepsy is growing, with at least 3.4 million people living with the disorder. The data were released on August 10 in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It’s the first time epilepsy estimates have been available for every state. Read the full press release.

MPhA Events

Register Now for September Virtual Coffee Break Webinar

USP Chapter <800>: The Basics

In this one-hour webinar on Wednesday, September 20, we will cover the history and content of the NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs (HDs) in Healthcare Settings, and USP Chapter <800> as it applies to all pharmacies. Additionally, we will discuss in more detail the requirements and process for a pharmacy to list HDs in stock and for performing a risk assessment. We will also review the physical requirements of the pharmacy, personal protective equipment (PPE), and staff training requirements.

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September 20, 2017 • Online Webinar
FREE for all MPhA Members • Non-member cost: $25 per person

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

Sunday, September 17 • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

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. The event is co-hosted by Fairview Pharmacy Services and MPhA. For a complete list of learning objectives for the self-study and live seminar, please visit APhA’s website.

Faculty: John Creasy, RPh, Fairview Pharmacy Services; Laurie Deegan, RPh, Fairview Pharmacy Services; Melanie Schwartz, RPh, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Hurry! Registration closes on September 8!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
MPhA member pricing: $349 • Non-member pricing: $449

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Did You Know?

How Will Your Pharmacy Participate in National Check Your Meds Day?

With 90% of the U.S. population living within 5 miles of a pharmacy, you are the community’s most accessible health care provider. Demonstrate your expertise and value on Saturday, Oct. 21 for the inaugural National Check Your Meds Day. Please let MPhA know what you are planning for the day! Sponsored by Consumer Reports and supported by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), patients are encouraged to bring their prescription medications and supplements to a local pharmacy for a brown bag medication review.

Prepare and market for this important day:

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