MPhA News

Small Doses

October 27, 2017
News from MPhA
Minnesota News
Use Your Member Benefits
National News
MPhA Events
Did You Know?

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

MPhA Vice Speaker of the House and Board Member Alison Knutson provided an inspirational message on being an "invaluable" member of the team to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy's second and third year student pharmacists and the practitioner facilitators who participated in this year's PEDRx (Practice and Education Dialogue) event held Oct. 25 on the St. Paul Campus. The theme of the event was creating your professional identity as the pharmacist member of the health care team. Key messages from all three speakers were putting the patient first and in the center.

MPhA President Michelle Aytay and Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation Board member Anjoli Punjabi spoke at the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance meeting this week. They shared with students the importance of participating in pharmacy organizations such as MPhA and APhA.

Editor’s Note: During our Annual Learning Networking Event in September, MPhA made note of Mission Moments — those times when a member clearly exemplified our mission to advance patient care. As we move through the 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

Remembering Stephen Guttormor Hoag

Son, husband, father, grandfather, pharmacist, professor, dean, provost, golfer, curler sailor and friend. All of these are titles he wore well and left behind on October 16, 2017 when his long journey with Alzheimer's disease ended and he became one with the universe. He was a graduate of East High School in Duluth, North Dakota State University BS in Pharmacy and Purdue University MS and PhD in Clinical Pharmacy.

His professional life was spent in academia, first as a professor then Dean (at several universities) and Provost. He possessed all the qualities that made him successful in his profession. He was humble, dedicated, generous, trustworthy, kind, loyal, honest and filled with integrity. He was a gentleman, respected by all who knew him. He relished and embraced the many successes of his family, faculty and colleagues. His accomplishments were varied and many. He lived his life well.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, Drake University, North Dakota State University, Ohio Northern University or the Alzheimer's Association.

A "Celebration of His Life" will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Kitchi Gammi Club, Duluth, at 12 Noon. Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200.

COP Student Chapter Honored by AMCP

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) took the second place award as 2017 Chapter of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of the AMCP student chapters on a year-to-year basis, and inspires chapters to strive for new, innovative managed care pharmacist programming.

Pharmacy Alumni Society Honored

The University of Minnesota has honored the College of Pharmacy Alumni Society as the 2017 Outstanding Society of the Year. The award was presented on October 23.

Board of Pharmacy Reminder on Technician Certification

The Board of Pharmacy’s October, 2017 Newsletter is now available on the Board’s website: This edition of the Newsletter was almost entirely devoted to issues involving pharmacy technicians. Technicians and pharmacists, especially pharmacists-in-charge, are advised to read the Newsletter as soon as possible.

All technicians were supposed to have certified to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy (NOT to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) the completion of their CE for the last two-year cycle by July 31, 2017. The Board sent out e-mails prior to that date giving instructions for certifying completion of the CE. However, over 3,200 technicians failed to certify the completion of their CE by that date. All of those technicians were required to send in proof of completion of CE, such as certificates of attendance. The registration status of technicians who did not send in such proof was changed from “Active" to "Owes CE." Technicians who are in “Owes CE” status will not be able to renew their registration for 2018 until they submit proof that they have completed CE.

Stratis Health Offers Free One-Day Workshop on Motivational Interviewing

Two Dates/Locations Remaining

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 healthcare. 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 behavioral change and is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and coach. 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.

November 2, 2017: Fargo - Register.
November 3, 2017: Brainerd - Register.

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

Use Your Member Benefits

Are Efforts to Control Opioid Addiction Fueling an Increase in Pharmacy Crime?

From Pharmacists Mutual’s Risk Management Newsletter: Despite aggressive measures to control the problem of opioid addiction, the rate of addiction continues to grow at an alarming rate. In the past five years, Pharmacists Mutual has seen a 62% increase in burglary and robbery at pharmacies. Learn more about the problem and what your pharmacy can do to minimize your risk of being a crime target. Read the full article.

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company offers Risk Management Newsletter as a service to its customers.

In addition, MPhA Leadership Residents Stephanie Swanson and Natalie Roy have created a Minnesota Opioid Toolkit on the MPhA website.

National News

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Make sure your patients know that Saturday, Oct. 28, is the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. You and your staff should know where the closest collection points are in your area and encourage patients to clean out their medicine cabinets of old or otherwise unneeded medications. The NCPA Foundation has resources available year-round through its Dispose My Meds™ program. You'll find information on that program here.

Call for Nominations: APhA Immunization Champion Awards

From NASPA Weekly, Oct. 19: APhA is soliciting candidates for the 2018 APhA Immunization Champion Awards. The 2018 awards recognize individuals and organizations within the profession of pharmacy that have made extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities. There are six (6) categories of recognition including individual practitioners, corporations / institution, partnerships with other health care providers and public health, community outreach, a special friend of pharmacy’s immunization efforts and a pharmacy team member. The awards will be presented at the APhA Annual Meeting, March 16-19, 2018, in downtown Nashville, Tenn. Submit your nomination online.

PTCB Expands Eligibility to Include Candidates within 60 Days of Completing High School

PTCB has modified its eligibility requirements to allow certification candidates who are within 60 days of acquiring a high school diploma or equivalent education diploma to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). PTCB expanded our eligibility parameters to allow students nearing completion of high school to take the PTCE before graduation so they can get a head start on acquiring their PTCB credential. The eligibility expansion took effect on August 22, 2017. Read more.

House Committee May Propose New Opioid Legislation

From NASPA Weekly, Oct. 19: On Oct. 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a full committee hearing on the opioid crisis, entitled, “Federal Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis: A Status Update on CARA and Other Initiatives.” NCPA has learned that the committee is interested in working on new opioid legislation following the hearing. NCPA is monitoring several opioid-related bills that could be included in any future legislation and has provided guidance to the bill authors to ensure patients have access to legitimately needed drugs, while also preventing diversion and abuse of prescription drugs.

MPhA Events

Save the Date: Collaborative Continuing Education Program with AADE-MN

Antidiabetic Medications and the Heart: Help or Hindrance? Featuring Sean Stewart, PharmD, BCACP, CLS, Park Nicollet Medication Management Pharmacist

Please join us again this year as we continue our partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE-MN). The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, beginning with social time, networking and dinner (5-6:30 p.m.) and program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program will be live again at the Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Drive, St. Paul, MN 55114 in the University Enterprise Laboratory (UEL) building.

This program is approved for 1.0 Pharmacist Continuing Education Credit through ACPE. Attendees will be able to: Describe the relationship between glycemic control and cardiovascular outcomes. Review cardiovascular effects of the established antidiabetic agents — metformin, sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, and insulin. Summarize recent cardiovascular outcome trials of newer antidiabetic agents — DPP4 inhibitors, GLP-1agonists, and SGLT2 inhibitors.

AADE-MN is handling all registration for the event through its page. A link will be available soon. MPhA Members should enter in code: MPhA to receive complimentary attendance. When registering, you will see several remote locations across the state; MPhA members are welcome to attend, although MPhA will not have representatives onsite. There is also an option to view this presentation live through the AADE Adobe Room Platform, and MPhA members are welcome to utilize this as well. Special thanks to AADE-MN for co-hosting this event this year!

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

Virtual Coffee Break Webinar: The Pharmacist’s Role in Preventing Opioid Overdoses

Wednesday, November 15, 11:30 a.m. CST

Please join MPhA for our next Virtual Coffee Break Webinar. Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, will discuss the various roles that pharmacists can play in preventing opioid overdoses. This includes naloxone education and dispensing through the Minnesota Opiate Antagonist Protocol, controlled substance disposal and Minnesota's Syringe Access Initiative. Professor Blue and colleague, Laura Palombi, PharmD, have been actively surveying Minnesota pharmacists about the roles they currently and plan to play with regard to the naloxone protocol. You’ll hear the latest about this effort and be able to map a plan for your effort after this webinar.

About Our Speaker: Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed her PharmD at the University of Minnesota in 2007 as part of the first graduating class on the Duluth campus. She completed a PGY-1 residency at Allina Health Mercy and Unity hospitals. After residency, she spent 8 years as a clinical pharmacist at Mercy hospital. Heather also worked as the pharmacist consultant for Genevive, formerly Geriatric Services of Minnesota. She joined the College of Pharmacy faculty in Spring 2016. Her current research is based on her clinical practice as she implements pharmacy services in the emergency department at St. Luke’s Hospital Duluth and increases education of opioid overdose prevention in the emergency department, the pharmacy curriculum and the community.

Members attend FREE. Non-members are $25.

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

Save the Date: Midwest Pharmacy Expo

February 16-18, 2018 • Des Moines, IA

The 2018 Midwest Pharmacy Expo will be held on February 16-18, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport Conference Center. The full agenda is still taking shape, but some details are already available! MPhA works with state pharmacy associations from across the region to present this event.

Did You Know?

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

From CDC website: Be Antibiotics Aware is an educational effort led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This work aims to raise awareness about the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use, and provides resources to help health care professionals improve antibiotic prescribing and educate their patients about when antibiotics are needed and when they’re not.

The launch of Be Antibiotics Aware coincides with the 10th Annual U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly Get Smart about Antibiotics Week) which takes place from November 13-19 and is part of the global World Antibiotic Awareness Week. U.S. Antibiotics Awareness Week demonstrates the critical need to prescribe and take antibiotics only when they’re needed in order to protect patients and fight antibiotic resistance, one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health.

Antibiotics save lives, but they aren’t always the answer when you’re sick. Taking antibiotics correctly helps keep us healthy now, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that these life-saving drugs will be available for future generations. Learn more.

COP Interprofessional Conference on Health Care for Older Adults: Save the Date

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy will hold “Our Future Is Aging,” an interprofessional conference on health care for older adults, on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the university’s St. Paul Campus. Learn more.