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January 6, 2017
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Breaking News

MDH Notice to Health Care Providers: Penicillin Shortage

Several forms of penicillin are currently in short supply in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). MDH was recently notified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) about difficulties in obtaining benzathine penicillin G (Bicillin-LA) and penicillin G procaine. Pfizer, the sole manufacturer in the United States, continues to experience a manufacturing delay of these products. CDC is working with FDA’s Drug Shortage Staff and Pfizer to address this situation. Additional information on the availability of these drugs can be found at and the FDA’s Drug Shortage Website. In addition, MPhA members can download a two-page notice about the shortage.

News from MPhA

Help Identify the Future Leadership of MPhA!

The leadership of your Association is critical to its ability to continue to meet your needs! MPhA is looking for members interested in serving 1- and 2-year terms on the Leadership Development & Nominating Committee. MPhA looks to this committee to help identify candidates for President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House, as well as candidates to serve on the Board of Directors and we need your help to identify those individuals.

Who we’re looking for: Individuals with passion to identify future leaders in our organization. You will be asked to meet via conference call 6-7 times between December 1, 2016 and March 2017. Individuals may be asked to reach out to gauge interest and encourage identified future leaders.

What we’re looking for: Individuals willing to meet with others and identify colleagues who may be willing to serve in a leadership capacity.

Interested? Please fill out this form at your earliest convenience.

Call for MPhA Committee Members!

Want to provide your input on issues important to you and your practice? Want to network and meet new colleagues? By participating in MPhA committees, you can do all this and more! You’ll also have an opportunity to play a key role in shaping MPhA’s direction and helping to advance priorities that members identify to support Minnesota pharmacists in advancing patient care. Members from all practice settings and all parts of the state are welcome. All meetings include a call-in option so you can participate by phone without the need to travel.

If you are interested in participating on a committee, please fill out our volunteer form with your information. Committee meetings are being scheduled now through the end of May. Click on the links below for details on how often each committee meets and for how long, so that you can evaluate where you can best contribute.

2016-2017 Committees include:

Get additional information on the topics covered by each committee. You must be current on your MPhA dues to participate. Thank you for volunteering your time and for your continued support of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association!

Find more information about MPhA committees.

Minnesota News

Pharmacy Today Shares Video on Opioid Overdose Produced in Minnesota

The Red Lake Division of Public Safety, Red Lake Chemical Health and Red Lake Hospital Indian Health Services have created a training video, approximately 20 minutes in length, to review opioids, opioid overdose signs and symptoms, risk factors for overdose, and naloxone use during overdose reversal. While created for use in Minnesota’s Indian communities, the video provides good basic advice for anyone interested in learning more about this topic. Watch the video.

12th Annual Pharmacy Gala

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy invites pharmacists to celebrate the 12th Annual Pharmacy Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, beginning at 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

The Pharmacy Gala commemorates a first year pharmacy student, Michelle Mentzer, who passed away from leukemia in 2005. The money raised from the gala goes toward the Michelle Mentzer Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a pharmacy student who exemplifies outstanding qualities. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the COP website.

Use Your Member Benefits

Get Smart about Your Student Loan Repayment Options: MPhA Membership Benefit

When most pharmacists begin practicing, they’ve incurred steep education debt. When pharmacist borrowers learn about loan relief programs and correctly implement them, they reduce a major source of stress and save thousands of dollars on their student loans. MPhA is partnering with Navigate, LLC for student loan expert advice.

Through this benefit you will discover:

  • Is Public Service Loan Forgiveness right for me?
  • Will the new Revised Pay As You Earn repayment plan lower my payments?
  • Does private consolidation and refinance make sense for my situation?

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!

New Year Compliance Readiness Tools

Check out InfiniTrak’s Podcast Series about the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

The latest episode of the Pharmacy Podcast brings you more Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) education with InfiniTrak’s Denise Garcia sharing her latest insights on the law and how InfiniTrak brings a cost-effective software solution to track and trace requirements that put you in the driver’s seat, controlling your information, ensuring your compliance, and freeing up your time to spend with patients.

Listen now!

MPhA has partnered with InfiniTrak, the premiere cloud-based software-as-a-service DSCSA compliance solution to ensure you have the latest information regarding the law and the opportunity to have access to their affordable DSCSA Compliance solution at an additional discount. CLICK HERE to register today or use Affiliation Code 7624e when subscribing. For more information on the DSCSA, be sure to check out MPhA’s on-demand Virtual Coffee Break Webinar on Fakes and Frauds in the Pharmacy (another free benefit of MPhA membership!).

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

PQA Presents Free Webinar

Best Practices from Highly Rated Health Plans Working with Community Pharmacy Partners

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) will offer a complimentary one-hour webinar on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST. The webinar will focus on best practice of community pharmacies working in partnership with health plans to meet the needs of a quality-driven health care system. The webinar is open to PQA members and non-members. Get more information and register.

JAPhA Study Shows Importance of Involving Family Members in Medication Management

From American Pharmacists Association: Poor medication management, particularly in patients who are taking more than one medication to manage chronic disease, can lead to poor therapeutic outcomes and increased health care costs. Previous research has shown that many adults, particularly those with physical or mental limitations, receive assistance with one or more phases of medication management. To determine the type of medication management such patients are likely to receive, a patient-centered medical home family practice clinic in an inner city university hospital in Brooklyn, NY, surveyed patients 40 years or older during their regular clinic visit to see the primary care physician.

In the study, published online in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, patients were asked about three challenges: who ensures that they have their medication at home, who arranges their medications to ensure they are taken properly, and who reminds them to take their medications or hands the medications to them.

Nominate an Immunizing Pharmacist for Recognition by APhA

From APhA Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Digest: 2016 is the 20th anniversary of the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program! Celebrate this milestone by nominating your favorite immunizing pharmacist for the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Recognition Program!

The mission of the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Recognition Program is to recognize deserving SIG members who have made significant contributions towards promoting immunizations. An Immunizing Pharmacists SIG member may be nominated for his/her work in any area related to immunizations. This may include but are not limited to:

  • Strong advocates for immunizations including new practitioners
  • Strong advocates for immunizations including new practitioners
  • Individuals who work or developed innovative practice models and/or innovative methods for billing and reimbursement
  • Individuals who have developed solutions to overcoming barriers to providing immunizations
  • Individuals who mentor and/or precept students, residents, pharmacists and/or technicians in the area of immunizations

For more information including the nomination form, please click here.

Nominations will be accepted through January 29, 2017, 11:59pm.
Please contact Deanna Tran, Chair of the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG Recognition Committee, with any questions.

NACDS Annual Meeting: Registration Now Open

The annual meeting of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) will be held April 22-25, 2017, in Scottsdale, AZ. Registration for the event is open now. Get more information and register.

MPhA Events

Registration Now Open for Pharmacy Legislative Day!

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is one of our most popular advocacy and educational events all year! Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the newly renovated Best Western Capitol Ridge, just a few short blocks from the Minnesota Capitol. Our excellent line-up of speakers includes Heidi Ecker, Director of Government Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Whether you are new to advocacy and politics or an experienced pharmacy advocate, this event is for you!

Sponsor Pharmacy Legislative Day

Register Online

Expo Registration Is Open!

Registration for the 2017 Midwest Pharmacy Expo is now open! With an exciting lineup of CPE programming and a location change, the 2017 Expo is shaping up again to be the premiere live continuing pharmacy education event in the Midwest. MPhA is proud to serve as one of nine states co-hosting this event.
This year’s agenda highlights include:

The 2017 Expo will be held at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport and Conference Center so you will be able to eat, sleep and Expo under the same roof!
The full schedule, session descriptions, lodging information and registration can be found at

Browse the agenda, register and tell a friend today!

Register Now for MPhA’s January Virtual Coffee Break — Now Complimentary to All Members!

Are You Maximizing Your 340B Opportunities?

Join us on Wednesday, January 18, at 11:30 a.m., for an overview of the 340B program for both covered entities and contract pharmacies. As part of the program, we will identify risks and opportunities the 340B program can provide. The information will be based on HRSA audits and current guidelines.

Our speaker will be Bruce Thompson, RPh, MS, DVP at Comprehensive Pharmacy Services; Bruce leads the consultant team with 340B activity. Over the past 30 months, Bruce and the team have assisted 16 organizations with 340B HRSA Audits, and conducted more than 150 reviews. Bruce is also an Associate Graduate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Minneapolis. Bruce has given numerous presentations and publications over his career. Recently his work has been with the 340B program — including program integrity, and expansion of clinical services for the patients, which include expansion of Medication Therapy programs, improving patients care with improved Medication Reconciliation and expanding the role of Pharmacy in emerging health care delivery models.

All MPhA webinars are complimentary for MPhA members, student pharmacists and residents, and just $25 for nonmembers.

Register Online

Register Now for APhA’s MTM Certificate Training Program

Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Join us on Thursday, May 4, for a full-day training program that qualifies you to register as a provider with Minnesota Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. The program will be held at the Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul.

Our facilitators will be Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and Michelle A. Johnson, BCACP, Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services. APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online evaluation; and post-seminar case exercise. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation. Register no later than April 1 to get started on the self-study portion of the program!

Register Online

Save These Dates for Key MPhA Events

MPhA House of Delegates Meeting: June 20 | Midland Hills Country Club, St. Paul
MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event: September 7-8 | RiverCentre, St. Paul

Watch for more information in the weeks ahead!

Did you Know?

New 340B HRSA Audit Process

MPhA Past President Bruce Thompson has shared some important information. As of October 1, 2016, the 340B program and HRSA have changed the audit process quite significantly. Once a pharmacy receives notice of an audit, the data will be due in 2-3 weeks and the onsite visit will happen approximately 2 weeks after that. If you have questions, please contact Bruce at Comprehensive Pharmacy Services

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Peanut Allergy Vaccine Receives Fast Track Designation

From Pharmacy Times: An experimental DNA vaccine in the works may help treat peanut allergies. The FDA has granted fast track designation to the drug candidate ASP0892 from Astellas Pharma for the mitigation of severe hypersensitivity reactions from peanuts. A phase 1 trial began to evaluate the safety, immune response, and tolerability of ASP0892 in adults allergic to peanuts. More than 3 million people in the U.S. are affected by peanut allergy. Read the full article.