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Just One Week to Go! See You 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 200 of your peers are already planning to attend. Here are the top three reasons to attend:

  • Network! Reconnect with colleagues. Make new connections. Meet the right people to share & gain ideas to improve your practice & achieve your professional development goals.
  • Celebrate! Cheer on your colleagues for their contributions to pharmacy at the Awards reception on Thursday evening.
  • 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 pearls & roundtables, and breakfast hot topics!

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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

Make a donation here. 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

Palliative Care Advisory Council

During the 2017 Session, Gov. Dayton signed a law that, among other things, created a Palliative Care Advisory Council. Per the legislation, the “council shall consult with and advise the commissioner on matters related to the establishment, maintenance, operation, and outcomes evaluation of palliative care initiatives in the state.” The commissioner in this case is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

A position is available that can be filled by a pharmacist. Pharmacists often ask how they can get involved in public policy related to health care — this is one opportunity. Download an FAQ document for more information.

The link to information about applying for this position is:

Scam Alert

MPhA has been alerted to a scam that is being perpetrated on pharmacies in several Midwestern states, including Iowa and North Dakota. A caller promises to help the pharmacies secure contracts with the federal government — including preparation of all the necessary paperwork, getting the necessary registrations, providing marketing and other support. The caller claims the company will get pharmacies listed as an approved contractor on their website. But due to the lucrative nature of working with federal contracts, the company tells pharmacies that $5,000 is needed upfront to begin the process.

The two businesses that are being used are called Federal Schedule Services or Federal Supply Services – and Symon and Pearse Management Consultants – Additional business names may be in use.

If you get a call, some good questions to ask them would be: 1) copy of their EIN number for tax purposes, 2) who is their contact with the VA or IHS, 3) how do you get reimbursed for filling prescriptions, 4) is it a 340 B contract, 5) references of businesses they have helped, 6) have them send you a contract first, 7) what is this kind of program called or titled so you can talk to your local VA about the program. If you are a victim of this scam, please contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s office.

MDH Flu Resources

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released its Fall Flu Guide and Dosage Chart. The links are also below and all materials can be accessed through

Dosage Chart

Reminder: You can listen to the MPhA’s Virtual Coffee Break webinar with MDH Education and Partnerships Unit Supervisor Jennifer Heath, DNP, MPH, RN, whenever you have time. It’s just one of our on-demand webinars. These webinars are free to all MPhA members, and just $25 for non-members.

Remembering William “Bill” Vidmar

Long-time MPhA member William John “Bill” Vidmar passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on August 18 at age 82. Bill was born in Chisholm, Minn., and graduated from Chisholm High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army. After two years of service, Bill continued his education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Bill started his career in 1959 as a pharmacist, store manager and district manager for Walgreens.

Bill continued a successful career with Target, Gambles and Snyder Drug. At Snyder Drug, Bill was a vice president and partner until his retirement in 1999. Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth, and by 9 children, 26 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, as well as a sister, sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was involved in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, the Minnesota Pharmacists Association, the University of Minnesota Foundation Presidents Club, the University of Minnesota Century Mortar Club, and many other church and civic organizations.

National News

Pharmacist Provider Status Coalition Meets with HRSA Administrator

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Aug. 27: Members of the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition Steering Committee (PAPCC) met with Dr. George Sigounas, the Administrator of the Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA), to discuss efforts of the coalition, including pending legislation that would recognize pharmacists as official health care providers. Pharmacist-provided services align with several of HRSA’s goals. The Administrator thanked the group for coming and stated that HRSA will work in tandem with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to provide technical comments related to the legislation.

During the meeting, HRSA staff stated that pharmacies closing in rural areas is a very important issue and efforts to ensure the continued viability of these pharmacies are crucial. Members of the PAPCC include the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the National Community Pharmacists Association, plus many large chain pharmacies and others.

Pharmacy Stands Ready in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

From NCPA eCommunications, Aug. 29: Minnesota pharmacists may wonder how pharmacies are handling refills during the Texas flooding. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has provided some information:

  • Emergency Preparedness Refill-Too-Soon Edit Override: The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) members have approved the most effective method for overriding refill-too-soon-type reject during a disaster: Use the Submission Clarification Code 13, Payer-Recognized Emergency/Disaster Assistance Request. The pharmacist is indicating that an override is needed based on an emergency/disaster situation recognized by the payer. Access more information on Emergency Preparedness here.
  • Texas health officials have issued guidance for pharmacies that need to dispense emergency refills. Get more info.
  • Check Healthcare Ready for a list of pharmacies open during the disaster.

The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation encourages donations to its Disaster Relief Fund, which helps independent community pharmacy owners restore their businesses when the unthinkable happens.

In addition, the American Pharmacists Association reports:

While pharmacies and pharmacists in the affected region battle to help others and stay safe, here are ways that the rest of us can help, according to the Houston Chronicle and the Washington Post.

Debbie Garza, CEO of the Texas Pharmacy Association, told APhA, “We have been receiving calls from hospitals in the affected area and have referred folks to NCPDP’s Healthcare Ready Rx Open. We are just communicating resources to our members right now. Everyone is recommending coordination through Red Cross for what is needed. We are not coordinating any pharmacist volunteer efforts. The chains are handling their individual company needs, and the different independent groups in Texas are still assessing their members.”

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?

Happy Labor Day!

We hope that all of our members have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend! In observance of Labor Day, the MPhA office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4.