MPhA News

Small Doses

October 13, 2017
News from MPhA
Minnesota News
Use Your Member Benefits
National News
MPhA Events
Did You Know?

News from MPhA

Mission Moment:

More than 40 members and guests joined us in Rochester last night for a successful Southeast Minnesota District Pharmacist Night! Many of them are shown here.

Special thanks to Sherwood Peterson for organizing the event — and to Dean Lynda Welage of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy for sharing her reflections on the first 60 days in her new position. MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig provided an informative session on the 21st Century Cures Act, and Sherwood joined MPhA President Michelle Aytay and President-Elect Jason Varin for a lively town hall discussion.

Many thanks to our sponsors for last night’s event!

Boehringer Ingelheim
Cardinal Health
Novo Nordisk
Pharmacists Mutual

Dinner was provided through the gracious support of Pharmaceutical Specialties of Rochester, makers of Vanicream and the new Vanicream Z-Bar.

See more photos from last night’s event at the MPhA Facebook page

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

Updated Asthma Medication Poster from MDH

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Asthma program has updated its asthma medication poster for pharmacists. It is now available for download and viewing on the MDH website. Check out the new addition to the website, featuring each medication category in interactive panels. Just click on each rescue or controller medication and it will appear in larger magnification for better viewing.

Download the posters MDH also has printed posters available in two sizes:
14 x 24 inch poster version (PDF)
14 x 13 inch hand-held, two sided version (PDF)

In addition, pharmacists are welcome to sign up for updates from the MDH Asthma program by going to the webpage; sign up is located in the upper right corner - subscribe area.

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

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

Congressman Jason Lewis Signs on as Cosponsor for Provider Status

From APhA, Oct. 10: On Sept. 25, Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) became the seventh member of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 592/S. 109 (the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Enhancement Act). He joins (in order of co-sponsorship signature) Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Representatives Collin Peterson, Tim Walz, Erik Paulsen and Tom Emmer. This bill would amend Title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage and payment with respect to certain pharmacist services that: (1) are furnished by a pharmacist in a health-professional shortage area, and (2) would otherwise be covered under Medicare if furnished by a physician.

October Is American Pharmacists Month

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.”

On October 11, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) will showcase pharmacists’ services and skills while helping members of Congress and their aides prepare for cold and flu season during APhA’s annual Health Fair in Washington, D.C.

The CDC is hosting an American Pharmacists Month Webinar Series, every Wednesday in October at Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT. Topics covered:

  • October 18: National Diabetes Prevention Program, Medication-related Fall Prevention in Older Adults, and Medication Use in Pregnancy
  • October 25: Opioid Overdose Epidemic and Immunizations

Webinar: (Click “Enter as Guest”)
Phone: 888-819-8867, Passcode 1813244

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.

Hearing on Federal Opioid Response

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Oct. 8: Last week the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held the first in a series of hearings intended to address challenges and opportunities at the federal, state and local level to counter opioid abuse, lower the rates of overdoses, and target resources to the patient populations and communities most in need. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) sent a letter to committee chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) providing several recommendations for addressing the nation’s opioid crisis:

  • Expand Consumer Access to Naloxone
  • Establish Limits on Maximum Day Supply for Certain Controlled Substances
  • Prohibit Certain Controlled Substances from Being Delivered to Patients via Physician Offices or via Mail
  • Expand Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
  • Enhance Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
  • Increase Health Care Provider Education
  • Increase Use and Access to Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Expand the Ability of Pharmacies to Identify Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

MPhA Events

Register for Next Week’s Webinar: Effective Advocacy Involvement in the Policymaking Process

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break • Wednesday, October 18,
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT

Join Buck Humphrey for MPhA's October Virtual Coffee Break. In today's turbulent and rapidly changing health care environment, pharmacy professionals are needed more than ever to explain how pharmacy helps to create healthier communities and why our services deserve recognition. The involvement of pharmacists in all settings, plus pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students, is essential. After participating in this Virtual Coffee Break Webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the biannual cycle of the Minnesota Legislature.
  • List the committees of most influence for Minnesota pharmacy advocacy work.
  • Explain the steps needed to sign up for Committee notices and contact your legislator.
  • Describe steps to build relationships with policymakers and the right congressional staffers.
  • Explain how to generate impactful opportunities to connect with policymakers.
  • Develop a plan of activities to establish a stronger relationship with an elected official.

Members attend FREE. Non-members are $25. Student pharmacists and residents are provided a complimentary registration.

Register Online

Duluth Area Pharmacists/MPhA Town Hall

Tuesday, November 7, 5 p.m. CST

Please join the Duluth Area Pharmacists and MPhA for an advocacy update and a lively discussion with Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force Lobbyist Buck Humphrey. Buck will share Minnesota’s advocacy plans for the next session and he is inviting some area legislators to join. Our evening will close with an interactive Town Hall discussion with MPhA President Elect Jason Varin and Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig. This is your chance to mingle with peers and have your voice heard!

Meal is on your own; CE is free for MPhA members.
Location: Pickwick Restaurant and Pub, Duluth

Register Online

Grand Rapids Area Pharmacists/MPhA Town Hall

Thursday, November 9, 5:30-8 p.m. CST

Come join your colleagues in Northern Minnesota for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! GRAPh’s host and President is MPhA member Heather Bibeau of Big Forks Valley Health System. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors while sharing fellowship before the dinner program. We are pleased to announce that MPhA’s Denise Frank will bring her considerable expertise to share on the current status of USP Chapter 800 and what that means for you and your organizations. Denise will share 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. She will also discuss the requirements and process for a pharmacy to list HDs in stock and for performing a risk assessment. Finally, the physical requirements of the pharmacy personal protective equipment (PPE), and staff training requirements will be presented. MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig will lead the Town Hall discussion. You’ll hear from Dave Johnson, RPh, retail pharmacy manager at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, about efforts to implement the naloxone protocol. You can also share your thoughts and ideas for both future GRAPh and MPhA events. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: Timberlake Lodge, 144 SE 17th St., Grand Rapids, Minn.
Members attend FREE. Non-members are $15.

Register Online

Did You Know?

500,000 Flu Shots Delivered by Pharmacists

From the Pharmaceutical Journal, Oct. 6: More than half a million flu vaccinations have been administered through pharmacies during this season’s flu vaccination service in less than five weeks, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has announced.

At the same point of the flu vaccination program last year, around 450,000 vaccinations had been delivered via pharmacies, but the PSNC warned that these figures may not be directly comparable because of recording differences.

DEA Take-Back Day on October 28

From the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced another opportunity for consumers to dispose of unneeded and expired prescription drugs during the 14th DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. On this day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., thousands of temporary collection sites will be available across the country to accept unneeded prescription drugs, including controlled substances, for safe and legal disposal. To date, DEA’s Take-Back Day initiative has collected a combined total of more than 900,000 pounds of unneeded medications, helping to prevent diversion, misuse, and abuse of the drugs.

Consumers who are unable to participate in the DEA Take-Back Day can find locations of permanent drug disposal sites using the AWARXE Prescription Drug Safety Program’s Drug Disposal Locator Tool. In addition, information about safely disposing of medications at home is available in the Dispose Safely section of the AWARxE web pages.