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January 13, 2017
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Breaking News

Provider Status Legislation Reintroduced in U.S. Senate

From information provided by the American Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores: On Thursday, January 12, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 109) was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate with the bipartisan original co-sponsorship of more than one-quarter of the body — including Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. The companion legislation is expected to be reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives soon. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) strongly backs the legislation.

“NACDS truly appreciates the leadership of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) in re-introducing the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act as lead sponsors,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “NACDS thanks all of the 27 Senators who have made a powerful statement about this legislation by signing on as original cosponsors and sustaining this bill’s momentum from the 114th Congress into the current 115th Congress.”

Thanks to the work of pharmacists across the nation, provider status legislation had 296 co-sponsors in the House and 51 co-sponsors in the Senate at the end of 2016. Once the bill is reintroduced in the House, the American Pharmacists Association and other pharmacy organizations will ask pharmacists and others to contact your Members of Congress to encourage them to support the legislation by becoming a co-sponsor or to thank them if they are already a co-sponsor.

Visit to learn more about the profession’s provider status campaign. More information is also available through the “Provider Status” tag on, as well as on the website of the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition, a group of organizations representing patients, pharmacists, pharmacies and others. NACDS is a founding member of the Coalition and serves on its Steering Committee.

President-Elect Slams Pharmaceutical Companies in Press Conference

From Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society: President-elect Donald Trump opened his January 11 press conference with an unexpected shot at pharmaceutical companies and their lobbying groups on Capitol Hill, saying, “They’re getting away with murder.”

He also pledged to save “billions” and made some veiled comments about doing more “bidding,” or negotiating, which would presumably lower the cost of what the government pays for pharmaceuticals, and which the lobbying group PhRMA is fiercely opposed to, particularly for Medicare Part D.

Trump’s position puts him on the side of House and Senate Democrats, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who filed an amendment as part of the Senate’s budget resolution that would allow government negotiation of drug prices in Medicare Part D, and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), who introduced a similar bill. See more here.

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

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!

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!).

Special Offer for MPhA Members: Individual Subscriptions to PharmacyLibrary Online References for You and Your Practice

Pharmacy Library

MPhA is pleased to partner with the American Pharmacists Association to offer MPhA members a discounted subscription rate for the PharmacyLibrary — the leading collection of online pharmacy resources, updated monthly. The cost of even two of the more than 30 leading references for pharmacy are more than the discounted rate for the entire online library! A few of the references include:

  • Pharmacy Ethics: A Foundation for Professional Practice
  • Pharmacy Research: A How-To Guide for Students, Residents and New Practitioners
  • Pharmacy: An Introduction to the Profession, 2nd edition
  • Physiology Case Studies in Pharmacy
  • Principles of the Human Genome and Pharmacogenomics

To take advantage of the special rate of $224.99 — a 40% discount off the regular rate — MPhA members should go to and enter promo code MPhA at checkout.

National News

NCPA Offers Recommendations as Congress Considers Health Care Changes

From National Community Pharmacists Association: A letter was sent to U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and House Education and Workforce Committee as they consider ACA replacement package ideas. A letter was also sent to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, who had previously solicited ideas for Medicaid changes. In the letters, NCPA offers recommendations on ACA replacement including provisions that should be maintained in any replacement package. NCPA also offers guiding principles that should be incorporated in any Medicaid overhaul to ensure cost savings and successful patient outcomes.

Pharmacist Named to Key Congressional Panel

From National Community Pharmacists Association: Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), the only pharmacist in Congress, has been selected to serve on the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over key pharmacy legislation including DIR fees, MAC transparency, and any willing pharmacy. Since his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, NCPA has lobbied for his appointment to the committee. In announcing the appointment this week, Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) said, "Buddy's insight will be extremely valuable to the committee as the only pharmacist in Congress. Since the day he became a member of Congress, he has wasted no time offering his unique health care expertise in hopes of creating a better system for all patients." In addition to Carter, Reps. Ryan Costello (R-PA), Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Mimi Walters (R-CA) were appointed to the committee. Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) also announced that Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), a physician by training, was named Chairman of the Health subcommittee, a position vacated by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) following his retirement at the end of the 114th Congress.

FDA Releases Final Compounding Office Use Guidance

From National Community Pharmacists Association: The final guidance sets forth FDA’s policy concerning certain prescription requirements for compounding human drug products for identified individual patients under section 503A of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

It addresses compounding after the receipt of a prescription for an identified individual patient, compounding before the receipt of a prescription for an identified individual patient (anticipatory compounding), and compounding for office use. Unfortunately FDA retained the position that a 503A compounder must receive a valid patient specific prescription before the compounded drug product leaves the pharmacy, therefore prohibiting office use compounding. Although FDA recognizes that some state boards of pharmacy may authorize the writing of prescriptions that do not include individual patient names these do not meet the requirement of a patient-specific prescription in section 503A. Per the final guidance, FDA says that only under section 503B can outsourcing facilities fill prescriptions that don’t include individual patient names.

In addition, the FDA has inappropriately changed definitions within the office use guidance to include dispensing within distribution. NCPA will continue working with Members of Congress in partnership with the DQSA Coalition to ensure access to needed compounded therapies, especially those for office use whose needs cannot be met by outsourcing facilities. See the Final Guidance: Prescription Requirement Under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

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 go 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.

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

Join Us at Midwest Pharmacy Expo!

This year’s Midwest Pharmacy Expo agenda features up to 15.5 hours of the high-quality, live CPE that Expo is known for, including pharmacy law and patient safety topics
Expo starts with the Ambulatory Care Advancement Conference on Friday, February 17, 2017, discussing hot topics and emerging issues facing ambulatory care practice and promote forward-thinking pharmacy practice models that integrate pharmacists on the ambulatory health care team.

Expo Saturday will feature a keynote by Bob Chiusano, author of Mediocrity is Not an Option, to get the day off to an inspiring start! After that, enjoy five breakout sessions featuring 3 tracks for pharmacists: Current News Headlines, Clinical Pearls, and Management.

Expo will wrap up on Sunday with long-time favorites New Drug Update and Gamechangers with a review of compliancy issues sandwiched between them. All of this plus the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Midwest! See the full agenda and register today!

Register Now for Our Virtual Coffee Break Next Week

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

Did you Know?

Help Your Patients Understand the Need for HPV Vaccine

HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year.

Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years. But, sometimes, HPV infections will last longer, and can cause certain cancers and other diseases. HPV infection can cause:

  • cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women;
  • cancers of the penis in men; and
  • cancers of the anus and back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx), in both women and men.

Every year in the United States, HPV causes 30,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring. Get full information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

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