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Small Doses

March 23, 2018
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News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

MPhA Members Testify at State Senate Hearing

MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig testified with Steve Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, on patient fair practices, including addressing "gag clauses" and medication synchronization provisions, introduced by Sen. Scott Jensen (SF 2836) and heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee on Tuesday afternoon, March 20.

Below: Also on March 20, Brian Sick, MD, and Jill Strykowski, MS, RPh, testified at the Minnesota House and Human Services Reform Committee on expanding patient access to opioid antagonists, tobacco cessation products and travel medications. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Roz Peterson.

MPhA Members in Action at APhA Annual Meeting

Kaity Kuske, Michelle Aytay, Anjoli Punjabi and Rebecca Pickler represented MPhA as our delegates at the American Pharmacists Association House of Delegates meetings during the annual meeting in Nashville last weekend.

Grace Baek (shown at left in the photo below), third year student pharmacist at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and current Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance President, was elected APhA-ASP Speaker of the House. Grace, you make us so proud!

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s APhA-ASP Chapter (Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance) won the 2016-2017 Chapter Operational Leadership Award. Abdi Bile accepted on behalf of MPSA. Congratulations!

Member Amanda Brummel presented on Advanced Payment Models as part of the APhA Annual Meeting.

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 will continue to showcase these Mission Moments as part of Small Doses. If you have an example to share, please send it to Laurie Pumper


REGISTER NOW! Foundation Wine Dinner, March 24: Space Is Filling Quickly

Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation logo

The Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation (MPF) will hold an exclusive 4-course wine pairing dinner with a pre-dinner gathering at the Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club tomorrow — Saturday, March 24, 2018. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The incredible menu has been custom-created by Chef Kevin Gillis to match the wines from Santa Margherita and Marietta Vineyards. Just a few seats remain...register now!

The private Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club is a lovely setting on the Mississippi River where guests will watch the sunset while gathering for the elegant dinner. The event is limited to 50 people. Unlike past events, this is a wine pairing—full pours—not a tasting. Guests will enjoy the program featuring wine connoisseur Davina Albanese describing the five wines you’ll experience then Chef Gillis will give insights on his food pairings for each. A gourmet indulgence to support student pharmacists! The cost is $125 for all who wish to attend.

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Legislative Update: Pharmacy Bills Advance

The Health and Human Services Reform Committee met on March 20 to hear HF 2962. This bill would allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco and nicotine cessation products, opiate antagonists, and travel medications. Rep. Roz Peterson, (R) District 56B, introduced the bill in the Minnesota House. Jill Strykowski, MS, RPh (Co-chair of the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force and Director of Pharmacy at Allina Mercy and Unity Hospitals) and Brian Sick, MD (Associate Professor of Medicine and Interprofessional Academic Deputy at University of Minnesota) effectively testified in front of the legislature. Both leaders explained that this bill would increase medication access for thousands of Minnesotans across the state and allow pharmacists to practice at the top of their education and training.

Dr. Cody Wiberg, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, was also present to answer questions from the committee. Many student pharmacists and faculty members from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy as well as other pharmacy leaders attended the hearing to show their support. Despite some concerns from the Minnesota Medical Association, HF 2962 successfully passed on to the Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

Thank you to all pharmacists and student pharmacists who have been advocating for pharmacists’ prescriptive authority. Your continued support and efforts will help to ensure that Bills HF 2962 and SF 3015 are passed during the 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session, thus advancing our great profession and improving patient care!

Minnesota News

MDH Seeks Applicants for e-Health Task Force

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) invites applications for the Minnesota e-Health Task Force. This new task force is scheduled to meet from May to December 2018 and will help move Minnesota in the direction of a “connected networks” approach. The application deadline is March 30. Get instructions on the Minnesota e-Health HIE Task Force webpage.

HealthPartners, Park Nicollet Pharmacies Begin Distributing Naloxone

HealthPartners and Park Nicollet pharmacies have begun distributing naloxone to patients who have a prescription for opioid medication and are at higher risk of an overdose. These include patients who have three or more opioid prescriptions within the last six months and patients who are taking benzodiazepines (primarily used for anxiety) or medication for substance use disorder.

Until recently, only physicians and certain emergency medical personnel were authorized to administer naloxone. However, more than 40 states, including Minnesota, now have legislation for others to administer it.

An order by the Minnesota Department of Health in 2016 made the opioid-reversal medication available without a prescription. The order allows pharmacists to provide naloxone to people who are at risk or know of someone at risk of an opioid overdose. The Food and Drug Administration has approved injection or nasal delivery devices for naloxone that can be used by laypersons with little or no training. Read the full news release.

MPSA Annual Fundraiser Set for April 27

MPSA is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 400 University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy students. The organization is committed to the advancement of the pharmacy profession and the development of student pharmacists by providing extracurricular opportunities that foster professional engagement. The funds raised from the MPSA annual auction will go toward professional development opportunities for pharmacy students and sponsorship of health care related community outreach events in Minnesota.

MPSA members provide community outreach through several service projects across Minnesota and internationally. All screenings and services are provided to patients free of charge and include:

  1. Glucose monitoring
  2. Cholesterol checks
  3. Blood pressure readings
  4. Influenza vaccination clinics
  5. Medication safety presentations in local schools and churches
  6. Diabetes screenings and counseling
  7. Education on appropriate over-the-counter medication use and medication adherence

More information about the specifics of the auction and MPSA can be found at

The Auction will be held on Friday, April 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Campus Club at the Minneapolis East Bank campus. If you or your colleagues want to attend this event and/or donate to MPSA, please complete the RSVP form.

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

NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Summit

From NCPA Email, March 6: The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 2018 Congressional Pharmacy Summit will take place April 11-12 in Washington, D.C., and you are invited. Take the fight for pharmacy choice and PBM transparency to Capitol Hill by being an advocate for your patients and your business. For more information, visit or call 1-800-544-7447.

MPhA Events

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Friday, May 4, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Register by April 9!
This program approved by Minnesota Medicaid

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. The MTM Certificate training program (3rd Edition) presents a systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining MTM services. It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully, and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice settings.

Facilitators: Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy; 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.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Co-hosted by Fairview Pharmacy Services and MPhA
Sunday, 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.

Shared Solutions Addictions Summit

Friday, April 6, 2018 • 9 a.m.-Noon • Mayo Memorial Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

The Shared Solutions Addiction Summit is a gathering of key strategic leaders and supporting organizations that recognize our ability to fully address the current National Opioid Epidemic through shared approaches that focuses on addiction/substance use disorder (SUD) as a chronic health condition, best treated across the full continuum of care, through collaboration with our health systems, coordination between clinical care teams, with support from peers and other community partners. This Summit is designed to be a starting point to a coordinated statewide prevention-intervention-treatment-recovery education campaign that provides essential training to both professionals and the public at large. This event is free for MPhA members.

Speakers/Panelists include: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar; U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer; David Abelson, MD, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); Jeffrey Schiff, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Dave Hartford, President, MARRCH; Allen Levine, PhD – Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota; The Honorable Shaun Floerke, Chair, Minnesota Drug Court Initiative; Wendy Jones, Executive Director, Minnesota Recovery Connection; Bentley Graves, Director Health Care, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; Randall Seifert, PharmD, Minnesota Pharmacists Association; Dean Gilbertson, LADC, CEO, House of Hope, Inc.

College of Pharmacy Pharmacogenomics Conference

Friday, June 22, 2018 • 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

This one-day conference will provide education on a range of topics including cancer somatic mutations and selection of targeted therapies, emerging Pharmacogenomics (PGx) areas such as analgesics and how to apply PGx in minority populations, clinical PGx guidelines, use of PGx in children, implementation of PGx in practice settings, insurance reimbursement, evidence for cost effectiveness and improved quality of care.

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Did You Know?

Potential Health Effects of Reducing Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

From Pharmacy Today, March 19: In response to FDA’s announcement last summer that it would seek regulatory action to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, researchers sought to gauge the potential public health effects. The results suggest that curbing nicotine content in cigarettes could drive down the massive burden of smoking-related death and disease. Read more.