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Small Doses

March 30, 2018
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Minnesota News
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Mission Moments:

Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation Wine Pairing Dinner Raises Funds for Student Pharmacists

A nearly full room celebrated Minnesota pharmacy on a sunny spring evening on March 24. More than 30 people gathered at the Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club for a wine dinner that raised funds to support student pharmacists.

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


Legislative Update

This past week, Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force co-chair, Jill Strykowski, and her colleague, Dr. Brian Sick, testified in support of Representative Roz Peterson’s HF2962/SF3015 before the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Reform Committee. Dr. Sick gave convincing testimony and urged members of the Committee to support the legislation that would have the Board of Pharmacy determine through protocol how pharmacists will be able to prescribe in three medication categories: opioid antagonist for the treatment of overdose, all tobacco cessation medications other than buproprion and travel medications recommended by the CDC and for use when traveling abroad.

After several questions for the testifiers and Representative Peterson, the House HHS Reform Committee members voted overwhelmingly to pass out of Committee HF2962 and send its final House committee before hopefully heading to the General Register, the House Floor. HF2962, the PATF legislation, will be heard on Tuesday, March 27th in Room 200 of the State Office Building (SOB) in the HHS Finance Committee. 

The companion legislation to HF2962 is not yet confirmed for a hearing in the Minnesota Senate, as of this update. However, we are optimistic that SF3015 will get heard by the legislature’s 2nd deadline, Thursday, March 29th.

SF3015 and SF3014 are bills that will go a long was to expanding health care access and increase patient adherence by utilizing one of the most trusted and often times, most convenient health professional - a Minnesota pharmacist to: 

-SF3015: be able to prescribe in 3 medication categories - Naloxone, tobacco cessation medications and travel medications; 
-SF3014: have the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy decide what medication administration pharmacists can offer to their patients.

There are several other important pharmacy bills moving through the Minnesota legislative process at the Capitol in St. Paul this week. HF3024 & HF3012 will go a long way to allow pharmacists to inform their patients of their medication purchasing options and require that the lowest allowable cost/price be offered to patients in Minnesota, even if it is the cash price.

Both these bills have made the 1st deadline by passing out of the House HHS Reform and Commerce & Regulatory Reform Committees this past week, however, only HF 3012, SF 2596 – gag order prohibited is currently scheduled in House HHS Finance for Wednesday, March 28th at 1:00 PM in Room 200 of the Senate Office Building. We anticipate HF 3012 being scheduled by March 30th.

These two bills will go a long way to rein in some of the egregious practices required in many pharmacy benefit manager contracts. SF2596 (gag order prohibited) was laid on the table for possible inclusion in the Senate HHS omnibus last week. Language providing for partial fill/medication synchronization for patients in benefit contracting was amended onto Dr./Senator Jensen’s SF2596 bill and is currently included in the Senate version of this bill. There are several access and affordability bills that are making their way through the Senate and the House and will probably be included in one final omnibus bill. 

We are urging all MPhA members to contact their legislators and the Senate and House Chairs to encourage them to hear and support MPhA and Minnesota pharmacy legislation at the Capitol this week:

  • SF3015
  • SF3014
  • HF2962
  • HF3012

If you do not know who your legislators are, please see: Who Represents Me? Please continue to write your Representatives and Senators. PLEASE remember to carbon copy HHS Chairs, Senator Benson and Representative Dean.

Senate HHS Policy and Finance Chair, Michelle Benson:
Michelle R. Benson (31, R)
3109 Minnesota Senate Bldg. 
95 University Avenue W. 
St. Paul, MN 55155 

House HHS Finance Committee Chair:
Matt Dean (R) District: 38B
401 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155

Your Vote Matters: MPhA Board Elections

All MPhA members should receive an email with a link to our candidates for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors election. The deadline to cast your vote is April 13. Review the candidate bios and make your decision today!

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 today, March 30. Get instructions on the Minnesota e-Health HIE Task Force webpage.

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.

Hy-Vee Now Offering Naloxone at Minnesota Pharmacies

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, March 28: In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Hy-Vee Inc. is providing naloxone without a prescription at Hy-Vee pharmacies in Minnesota. Minnesota pharmacists can dispense naloxone without a prescription via a physician-signed protocol with a designated pharmacy or pharmacy chain; MDH endorsed this physician-signed protocol for Hy-Vee. Naloxone is available upon request at Hy-Vee pharmacies in either a nasal spray or injection. Minnesota is the sixth Midwestern state in which Hy-Vee pharmacies offer naloxone without a prescription.

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.

FDA Advances Oversight of Drug Compounding, Moves toward Implementing New Laws on Outsourcing Facilities

From FDA News Release, March 23: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, has announced a key step forward in implementing the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) and section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The provisions (among other things) limit the bulk drug substances that outsourcing facilities can use in compounding. Gottlieb noted that FDA is directed to develop a list of bulk drug substances for which there is a clinical need — the 503B bulks list. Read the full news release.

MPhA Events

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.

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.

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.

GRAPh/MPhA’s Town Hall

Thursday, May 10, 2018 • 5:30-8 p.m.
Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids, Minn.

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 Bigfork Valley Hospital & Clinics. 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 President-Elect Jason Varin and Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig will provide and update on Minnesota Pharmacy’s advocacy efforts in 2018 and lead a Town Hall. You can also share your thoughts and ideas for both future GRAPh and MPhA events. We look forward to seeing you there!

Advancing MN Pharmacy: 2018 Advocacy Accomplishments
In this session, you will receive an update on PATF and Public Affairs activities and plans and have the opportunity to ask questions about the advocacy agenda.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:

  • List the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force's 2018 legislative initiatives.
  • List the MPhA’s 2018 legislative initiatives.
  • List three ways you will become involved in moving this agenda forward.

Register Online