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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! Nearly 150 of your peers are already planning to attend. Here are the top three reasons to attend:

  • Network & Celebrate! Reconnect with colleagues. Make new connections. Meet the right people to share & gain ideas to improve your practice & achieve your professional development goals. Cheer on your colleagues at the Awards lunch for their contributions to pharmacy.
  • Fun! Join the MPF Great Minnesota Pharmacy Get Together Reception for a night of networking, games, and libations and hors d’oeuvres. There will be a chance to enter into a raffle for great prizes and a wine pull!
  • Learn and Be Inspired! Keep your finger on the pulse of practice through top-notch expert local and national speakers addressing nearly 40 topics, plenary sessions, clinical pearl & roundtables, and breakfast hot topics!

Bonus: Get early registration pricing if you register by midnight on Monday, August 28!

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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.

Making a Donation

Click the following link to make a donation. We are looking for the following types of donations:

  • Bottles of wine (value $10+) for the wine pull
  • Items for the raffle such as gift baskets, art, gift certificates, sports items, experiences (i.e. tickets, tours, hotel stay), etc.
  • Monetary (donations of money must be made using the PDF form)
Registering for the Event
  • If you are registered for the Annual Learning and Networking Event, your registration for the MPF Fundraiser is included as a part of your conference fee
  • If you would like to attend the MPF event only, tickets are $50 for pharmacists and $20 for students/residents/technicians
  • You can register by using the button below >> click "register" >> sign in using your MPhA Username/Password

Please find additional event details and information in our event letter. Your attendance and contribution to the event would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you at the event!

Minnesota News

Ann Philbrick Elected as ACCP Fellow

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Ann Philbrick (who is also an MPhA member) has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP, or the College).

Fellowship in ACCP is awarded to individuals who have made sustained contributions to the College and who have demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research. After nomination by their colleagues, Fellow candidates undergo a comprehensive evaluation of their service to the ACCP and their practice and research accomplishments.

U of M Student Selected as PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholar

Fourth year pharmacy student (and MPhA member) David Vermeulen is the first student from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy selected as a Pharmacy Quality Alliance-CVS Health Foundation Scholar.

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program supports and recognizes student excellence in projects centered on quality-related initiatives. PQA-CVS Health Foundation scholars design, implement and present a project related to quality measurement or improvement with the help of a mentor familiar with the quality landscape.

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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!

National News

CDC Issues Guidance on Td Vaccine Shortage

From American Pharmacists Association Focus, Aug. 22: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidance for immunization providers. If Td vaccine is not available, Tdap should be administered to patients who: a) are due for a booster but have never received Tdap; and b) have tetanus-prone wounds, even if they received Tdap in the past. For patients who are eligible for the primary Td series and patients who are due for Td boosters and have previously received Tdap, the guidance states, “using Tdap in place of Td at the discretion of the provider is a reasonable alternative” when Td vaccine is not available. Read the full article.

NABP: So-Called “Canadian” Pharmacies Are a Danger to Consumers

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) released the Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: August 2017. The report discusses how rogue online pharmacies exploit the American perception that Canadian pharmacies provide safe medication at a lower cost.

In a recent study, NABP reviewed more than 100 pharmacy websites that used “Canada” or “Canadian” in their name or URL, or posted a Canadian contact address, and found that 74% source drugs from countries outside of Canada. None of the 108 websites included in the study require a valid prescription, which can pose a serious health risk for patients.

Half of the so-called “Canadian” websites source drugs from India or a combination of countries where counterfeit products are known to originate. Another 20% dispense drugs from unspecified foreign locations.

The “Canadian” websites in this study are among the nearly 11,700 websites selling prescription medicines that NABP has reviewed in the last nine years. Of those websites, 96% were found to be operating illegally. A list of safe online pharmacies can be found on the Buying Safely page of

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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