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February 16, 2018
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Health Fair at the Capitol • Friday, February 23, 1-5 p.m.

St. Paul State Capitol Building Rotunda, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, St Paul, MN 55155

The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) is hosting its first-ever Health Fair at the Capitol on February 23, 1-5 p.m., in the Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul. Any and all are welcome to stop by and learn about what Minnesota’s student pharmacists are doing for our communities, and how we advocate for and educate the public on safe medication use and the management of common health conditions. To learn more about MPSA's 13 ongoing patient care projects, visit Please contact Derek Vo, Kelly Potz, or Kyler Anderson for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: March 24, 2018

The Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation will hold an exclusive 4-course wine tasting dinner with a gathering hour preceding at the Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The menu is being custom created by chef Kevin Gillis to match the wines. Dinner is limited to 50 people. Watch for more details soon!

2018 Board of Directors Nominations Due One Week from Today

The MPhA Leadership Development Committee is looking for members who are interested to serve on the Board of Directors and begin a two-year term in June 2018. We need the best skills, passion, and varied perspectives to build an energetic, inclusive, and strategic governing Board. Serving on the MPhA board of directors is an opportunity to provide leadership and direction to the association as we strive to meet our mission: Serving Minnesota pharmacists to advance patient care. With health reform implementation rapidly underway, it is a very exciting time to be at the table to discuss the changes that are occurring and help chart the course for the profession.

The deadline for submitting your nomination is Friday, February 23, 2018.

If serving on the MPhA Board of Directors interests you, please fill out the online Call for Nominations form.

The Board of Directors is composed of the following members: President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, the Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House, two rural and two metro directors elected from nominees put forward by the districts/regional groups, five directors at-large elected from nominees put forward by the academies, a pharmacy technician ex-officio representative and ex-officio representatives of associate organizations. MPhA’s Board of Directors can recognize associate organizations that are comprised of pharmacists or student pharmacists that are independent of MPhA, but share common interests, members, and need for inter-organizational communication and coordination. Associate organizations are granted one seat on the MPhA Board of Directors ex officio without vote, which they may choose to exercise. The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (MN-ASCP), the Minnesota College of Clinical Pharmacists (MCCP), the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy are associate organizations. Staggered terms have been established so that each year there are board positions up for re-election. This means the opportunity for fresh new ideas from energetic pharmacists to participate and make a difference!

In 2018, MPhA is seeking nominees/applicants for:

  • 2 Member-at-Large Positions
  • 1 Metro Board Member Position
  • 2 Rural Board Member Positions

The MPhA board of directors meets on a monthly basis with alternating 3-hour meetings (in person), and 1-hour meetings (via conference call). The incoming MPhA President has discretion to modify the schedule to best meet the needs of the board and the association. Board members are expected to bring issues to the board meetings on behalf of their constituency. Board members play an important role as liaisons to committees and participate in welcoming new pharmacists to the profession.

To learn more about the board of directors and MPhA, contact To apply, please submit your nomination now.

Minnesota News

Changes at MHCP Website

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has updated its website for enrolled providers. There is a new state MAC list and Minnesota SMAC specialty drug list (both available as downloadable pdfs).

Your Input Needed: Survey on Birth Control Access in Pharmacies

From Women’s Health Practice and Research Network Research Group: Community pharmacists are invited to participate in an online survey study of pharmacists in the United States regarding access to contraception in pharmacies. This study is being conducted by members of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Women’s Health Practice and Research Network. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This survey is being administered by Integrated Business Services, Inc., an independent research firm. This survey is confidential. No personal identifiers will be collected and all results will be presented in aggregate form only. Additional details are available in the online survey at the link below.

To thank participants, there will be a drawing for an iPad Mini. You can enter the drawing upon completing the survey. To participate, please follow this link:

Governor Releases New Report on Minnesota’s Opioid Crisis, Introduces Bipartisan Legislation

Joined by a bipartisan coalition of legislators, Gov. Mark Dayton has announced a slate of legislative proposals that would combat the opioid crisis and save lives across Minnesota. The governor’s proposals build on the recommendations of a new report released on Feb. 14 that outlines strategies to address the opioid crisis that is harming people and communities across the state. Building on past actions taken by his administration, Gov. Dayton’s opioid abuse proposals would annually invest about $12 million in high-impact strategies to treat and prevent opioid abuse, especially in communities that are disproportionately impacted by opioid addiction. Read the full news release.

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

Federal Budget Agreement Enacted

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Feb. 9: President Trump signed into law a sweeping budget measure enacted by Congress to fund the government through March 23 and increase budgetary caps through fiscal year 2019. The measure directed $6 billion to address the opioid epidemic and included a range of health care provisions. Of note to pharmacy, the law requires a GAO study of the prevalence and effectiveness of medication synchronization programs in Medicare Part D. The move comes in response to recommendations NCPA previously provided Senators working to improve care for patients with chronic conditions.

Additional provisions include closing the Part D coverage gap (or “doughnut hole”) in 2019, one year earlier than scheduled; extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program for four more years; a two-year extension of the Medicare Independence at Home demonstration project supported by long-term care providers; giving Part D plans greater access to Medicare Part A and B data; repealing the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board; and requiring CMS to more rigorously enforce the requirement that durable medical equipment suppliers in the competition bidding program offer at least 50 percent of the diabetes test strip brands used by beneficiaries.

CDC Includes Pharmacists in Proven Models for Heart Disease Prevention

From APhA Focus newsletter, February 13: Identifying effective ways to directly lower high blood pressure and cholesterol for Americans continues to be a priority for CDC. The latest example is a guide, newly released from CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, on best practices for cardiovascular disease prevention. The guide highlights strategies that are proven to be effective but are not yet widely used in practice settings. Read the full article.

Non-opioids Effective for Acute Extremity Pain

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today newsletter, February 2018: Amid the opioid crisis, emergency department (ED) clinicians continuously seek evidence-based alternatives for analgesia. In a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial published in JAMA last November, Chang and colleagues suggested that a non-opioid alternative may be just as efficacious as three opioid-containing regimens for treating acute extremity pain in the ED. Read the full article.

MPhA Events

Register Now! Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • Best Western Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

Make a difference to advocate for your professional interests and for pharmacy’s interests to advance patient care — come to Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day! Even if you have never talked with, called or written your legislators before, this event will give you the tools you need to do so! Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is the one annual event that represents the voice of all pharmacy settings in Minnesota. More than 130 people have already registered, leaving just 50 seats remaining. Don’t miss out!

Learn about the issues, gain the tools you need to advocate, and network with colleagues and the policymakers who will support pharmacy issues. The day is broken into a morning session, afternoon at the Capitol and an evening reception and program, complete with meals throughout the day and more than 5 hours of continuing education! Best yet, this year’s event is right on the Capitol grounds at the Best Western Capitol Ridge with complimentary parking and within an easy walk of all your meetings.

Support MN Pharmacy Advocacy

8th Annual Independent Pharmacy Conference 2018

April 26-29, 2018 • Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Discover solutions together at the Independent Pharmacy Conference — network with other independent pharmacy owners and managers, plus meet key vendor contacts and industry leaders. Learn and earn 9 continuing education credits with presentations on hot-button topics. The Independent Pharmacy Conference events are specially catered to help independent pharmacies grow and succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. Attendees are sure to leave the conference energized and ready to return to their pharmacy with new ideas for success. This event is co-sponsored by Pace-IPC, the American Pharmacy Services Corporation, RxPlus Pharmacies, the Independent Pharmacy Alliance and other organizations. Visit for additional details and to register.

Minnesota Professional Pharmacists Society Meets on Feb. 20

The Minnesota Professional Pharmacists Society (MPPS) was organized in the 1990s as an organization for senior pharmacists to meet and maintain old friendships. The group meets monthly at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bloomington for lunch and a presentation eligible for state board CE credit. MPPS is actively seeking and welcomes new members including pharmacists, those from the pharmacy industry, and technicians. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. It is suggested you confirm ahead before your first visit. Coming meetings will be Feb. 20 and March 20, 2018.

Interprofessional Conference on Health Care for Older Adults

March 1, 2018 • Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul, MN

It is projected that by the year 2050, the number of people age 65 and older in the U.S. will double from approximately 40 million to 80 million. As the number of older adults increases, more are living with chronic medical conditions requiring treatment with multiple medications. In addition, many older adults are faced with functional, psychosocial, and economic challenges. The goal of this conference is to enhance participant knowledge and competencies in providing care to older adults as part of the interprofessional team to improve health outcomes. Get more information and register now!

Registration Fees
General Admission: $150
Student: $50

Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates through Efficient and Effective Communication

Free Webinar • March 8, 2018 • Noon-1 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Paul Hunter, Associate Medical Director, City of Milwaukee Health Department, this webinar will discuss why immunization rates increase when clinicians give strong recommendations for HPV vaccination; why fewer parents and patients are hesitant about vaccinations than most clinicians think; and why incorporating a blended model of directive statements and non-judgmental listening may be an efficient and effective method of recommending and administering vaccinations.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Co-hosted by Fairview Pharmacy Services and MPhA • April 22, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health.

The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.

Faculty: John Creasy, RPh, Melanie Schwartz, RPh, and Laurie Deegan, RPh, all with Fairview Pharmacy Services

The deadline to register for this program is April 11.

Did You Know?

Pharmacists Remain among Most Trusted and Ethical Professionals

From Pharmacy Times, February 9: Pharmacists have once again been ranked among the most honest and ethical professionals in the United States, according to the results of the latest Gallup poll on the topic. Of the survey’s 1049 respondents, 62% rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “high” or “very high.” This percentage of favorable responses was the fifth highest of the survey, with nurses (82%) taking the top spot for the 16th year in a row. Read the full article.