MPhA News

Small Doses

September 29, 2017
News from MPhA
Minnesota News
Use Your Member Benefits
National News
MPhA Events
Did You Know?

News from MPhA

Mission Moment:


Above: Several MPhA leaders — including President Michelle Aytay, Past President Jill Strykowski, Past President Molly Ekstrand and lobbyist Buck Humphrey — presented information about our organization to more than 100 students from the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) at a “Policy and Pizza” event on September 21 at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.

Career Day 1

Career Day 2

Above: MPhA leaders and MPSA members helped staff our booth at the University of Minnesota Career Fair on Sept. 26. Many thanks to our volunteers — as well as to the students who stopped by.

Career Day 3

Above: Reid Smith staffed our table at the Duluth campus University of Minnesota Career Fair this week. Thanks, Reid!

Editor’s Note: During our recent Annual Learning Networking Event, MPhA made note of Mission Moments — those times when a member clearly exemplified our mission to advance patient care. As we move forward through the coming year, we hope to showcase these Mission Moments as part of Small Doses. If you have an example to share, please send it to Laurie Pumper

Minnesota News

Thrifty White Is Improving Patient Outcomes with New Diabetes Pilot

From Drug Store News, Sept. 22: Thrifty White Pharmacy wants to enhance patients’ lives through a new diabetes care program that places recipients into a medsync program. The program features comprehensive medication therapy management sessions, patient disease management goal setting, and follow through. Thrifty White also offers a compliance packaging service, HealthyPack Rx, that helps organize and manage a patient's medication.

"The diabetes program allows us to connect with that diabetes patient on a deeper level," Ben Shanahan, regional sales manager, Thrifty White Pharmacy, told Drug Store News. "Ultimately the goal is to improve the total health outcome of that patient," he said. "Where our sweet spot is, [it's] improving and/or increasing the adherence to medications, ensuring they're on the right medication and layering what's important to [the patient] from a goal standpoint, so working with them and their care team to align on the two or three goals they've identified that will really engage them to improve their care of diabetes."

Thrifty White recently introduced the dedicated diabetes pilot across 20 markets with plans to roll out the program to all stores in October. The Thrifty White Pharmacy diabetes care program follows diabetes management guidelines set forth by Minnesota Community Measurements, which is comparable to CMS' STAR ratings, Shanahan said.

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Stratis Health Offers Free One-Day Workshop on Motivational Interviewing

Five Dates/Locations Around Minnesota

You work with patients to address their depression, alcohol misuse, or other behavioral health concerns. Or you counsel patients to quit smoking, eat better, exercise more, adhere to the medication that's been prescribed, or make other changes to their health behaviors. Helping patients make positive changes in their health behaviors can feel like the most challenging part of health care. It can feel like we are doing all the work, our priorities aren't aligned, and goals are set but never achieved. Motivational Interviewing offers an evidence-based model for effective conversations about change.

Mia Croyle, MA, is an experienced mental health counselor who specializes in behavior change and is a trainer and coach for Motivational Interviewing. Her research and publications focus on behavioral screenings and interventions. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has facilitated learning workshops for professionals around the nation.

October 17, 2017 - Twin Cities - Register.
October 18, 2017 - Mankato - Register.
October 25, 2017 - St. Cloud - Register.
November 2, 2017 - Fargo - Register.
November 3, 2017 - Brainerd - Register.

If you have questions, contact Jane Gendron, 952-853-8534,

Use Your Member Benefits

Technicians: Get a Discount on Power-Pak Continuing Education — Earn Your Board-Required CE with Unlimited Two-Year Access

MPhA has entered a partnership with Power-Pak, one of the nation’s leading providers of continuing education for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists. MPhA pharmacy technician members receive a 12.5% discount off the Power-Pak CE Pharmacy Technician Library where you can earn your entire CE required by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy during the two-year access period.

Power-Pak’s pharmacy technician recertification courses were developed by educational specialists from Postgraduate Healthcare Education, Power-Pak C.E. in conjunction with faculty from leading colleges of pharmacy. The objectives for each T-designated course align with the core competencies listed in PTCB's Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint. So if you are a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) these resources will allow you to meet your PTCB CE requirements as well.

Normally the two-year access fee is $39.95. There are more than 20 activities across topics from patient safety and new drugs to pharmacy calculations and drug storage. There are also live Webinars every month.

MPhA pharmacy technician members are able to access the library for $34.95. In addition, MPhA pharmacy technician members will receive a discount for the Power-Pak MTM Certificate Training Course for Pharmacy Technicians — $24.95 rather than the $29.95 regular fee.

National News

American Pharmacists Month Starts Sunday, October 1

American Pharmacists Month (APhM) is perfect time to celebrate the vital role you play in health care. You and your fellow pharmacists make a difference every day, so use APhM to show off what you can do, emphasizing the APhM theme, “Know your pharmacist, know your medicine.”

APhA encourages all pharmacists and pharmacy owners to think about the most effective and fun ways you can celebrate. APhA has put together a planning guide filled with ideas and events that spotlight YOUR contributions toward improving medication use and advancing patient care. Included in the guide is a catalog of merchandise you can use to enhance your celebrations.

Throughout American Pharmacists Month and beyond, APhA celebrates and shares compelling stories from its extraordinary pharmacist members. If you're an APhA pharmacist member, APhA invites you to share a story of a time when you provided outstanding patient care that positively impacted the life of a patient.

APhA would also love to share your celebrations this year. Use #APhM2017 on social media or send your photos and videos with a brief description of your celebration to Please also let MPhA know what you and your pharmacy are planning; email today.

Vote for 2017 PTCB CPhT of the Year

From Pharmacy Technician Certification Board: The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) CPhT of the Year Program honors and recognizes individual achievement in patient care, leadership, and innovation to encourage and support excellence among all pharmacy technicians. PTCB was pleased to receive a large pool of nominations for the fifth annual CPhT of the Year. Seven outstanding CPhT finalists now appear on the ballot. Cast your vote by September 30.

Another Health Bill Rejected by U.S. Senate

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, Sept. 27: The latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act ended on Sept. 26 when Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate scrapped a vote on the bill. When the Graham-Cassidy bill failed to attract enough votes to move forward, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said that they hoped to resume work on legislation to stabilize insurance markets and hold down premiums in the next few years.

MPhA Events

Register Now: Southeast Minnesota Pharmacist Night Extravaganzapalooza in Rochester

Thursday, October 12, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. CDT

Join us for an interactive evening and town hall as area pharmacists from the 11 counties of the Southeast District of MPhA gather and welcome current President Michelle Aytay and MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig to Rochester on Thursday evening, October 12, at the Kahler Apache Hotel with food provided by The Canadian Honker. Our meal is provided through the gracious support of Pharmaceutical Specialties of Rochester, makers of Vanicream and the new Vanicream Z-Bar. (

Marsha will provide a dynamic session entitled “21st Century Cures Act,” in which you will learn the goals of this wide reaching legislation, the major provisions within each of the Act’s core areas of discovery, development and delivery of medical products, and how patients, researchers, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, payers and health care providers will be impacted by the Act. The session is approved for 1 hour CE with the MN Board of Pharmacy.

Michelle and Sherwood will then lead the town hall portion of the evening where we can have a good opportunity to share our ideas, concerns and thoughts with each other and MPhA leadership. The Town Hall will begin with thoughts from the University of Minnesota’s new Dean Lynda Welage. Our District has a long history of hosting the Dean, including Dean Banker and Dean Speedie.

The event begins with registration and networking at 5:30 p.m. We promise to adjourn by 8 p.m.

Please register by Monday, October 9, 2017.

October 12, 2017 • Rochester, MN
Members attend FREE • Non-members are $15.

Register Online

Register by October 2: Delivering Medication Therapy Management

Saturday, October 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate training program (3rd Edition) presents a systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining MTM services.

It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully, and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice settings.

Facilitators: Julie Jackman, PharmD, BCACP, Genoa Healthcare; and Michelle A. Johnson, PharmD, BCACP, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 2

MPhA Member Cost: $499 • Non-member cost: $625

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Save the Date: Midwest Pharmacy Expo

February 16-18, 2018 | Des Moines, Iowa

The 2018 Midwest Pharmacy Expo will be held on February 16-18, 2018, and will be back under one roof at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport Conference Center. While the full agenda is still taking shape, we have a few details that we are eager to share! MPhA is one of eight pharmacy associations that collaborate on this event.

We are excited to welcome Jacques Turgeon, BPharm, PhD, chief scientific officer at Tabula Rasa HealthCare, who will kick off our Saturday programming with a keynote on precision medicine. Expo Friday will feature high-level clinical programming designed for pharmacists with advanced certifications or those interested in obtaining certification. Expo will feature a pharmacy technician-specific track of timely topics PLUS an additional session in each block dually-accredited with pharmacists for those looking for more advanced programming. Watch for more information and registration soon!

Did You Know?

NCPA Offers Conference Session on DIRs

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Sept. 24: Dealing with DIRs continues to be a hot topic in pharmacy. In an educational session at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention, pharmacists will learn about resources to help with forecasting, a strategy for financial management to help with cash flow and how to evaluate DIR technology tools and service solutions. Register for the convention today and sign up for this can't-miss session. Only a few weeks remain to save $100 off of on-site registration prices. The NCPA Annual Convention will be held Oct. 14-18 in Orlando, Fla.