MPhA News

Small Doses

April 6, 2018
News from MPhA
Minnesota News
National News
MPhA Events

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

UMD Pharmacy Faculty Participate in Rx Writing Challenge

College of Pharmacy faculty, residents and students at the Duluth campus are among more than 250 pharmacy writers across the globe participating in the #RxWritingChallenge. Participants commit to writing at least 30 minutes per day from April 1 through April 14.

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


Reminder: Vote for Your MPhA Leaders Now

All MPhA members should have received an email with details of balloting for our 2018-2019 leaders. The deadline for submitting your ballot is a week from today, on Friday, April 13. Please take a few minutes to review the candidate bios and make your selections:

Legislative Update

We have taken a significant step forward in making law, with the pharmacists prescribing authority language in House File 2692 and its companion Senate File 3015. In the House, the prescribing legislation took the next step to final passage. HF 2962 was heard in the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee where the bill was amended, received a fiscal note and ultimately was laid over for inclusion in the House HHS Finance supplemental budget bill that will be deliberated and put together after the Easter/Passover legislative recess. To summarize, the bill as amended has made it through all its stops in the House and will now move through the finance legislative process there.

HF 2962 would mean:
Pharmacists would be able to prescribe:

  • Opioid antagonist for the treatment of overdose – currently only Narcan/Naloxone (the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force worked with the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, Rep. Dave Baker and others);
  • Smoking cessation medications, excluding bupropion and only FDA approved (after working with ClearWay and the Minnesota Psychiatric Society);
  • Travel medications recommended by the CDC specifically for patients/residents traveling abroad (the MBOP protocol will maintain a specific list of these travel medications and update them periodically).

The final amendments included:

  • Provisions that tighten up the Travel Medication language in HF 2962 by including language that says:
    • “…"Travel medication" means a medication that is recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for individuals traveling outside of the United States…”
  • Provisions that spell out how pharmacists are to be paid for services (in addition to the dispensing fee and product cost). The original bill language included a provision that would have stated all federal and state laws concerning insurance coverage would apply to prescribing under the bill. After receiving technical assistance from Chad Hope at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), the amendment language placed in MN 256b, under the Medication Therapy Management (MTM), a 9th qualifying service under MTM for MA coverage (fee for services & managed care) service will be covered.
    • “…#9) Prescribing products or medications as permitted under section 151.216, in accordance with standardized protocols developed by the board of pharmacy…” The health plans also agreed to this language and agreed with DHS, that paying for the pharmacist service would not increase costs.
  • A provision for Veterinary Emergency compounding: allows a pharmacist in Minnesota to compound and provide drug product for veterinary use without a specific patient prescription. (Rep. Roz Peterson authored for MBOP.)

This was after an amendment to the House bill last week that tightened up the tobacco cessation products provision by adding:

  • “…only FDA approved tobacco cessation medications… and excluding bupropion...” (includes Chantix).

HF 2962 is now in a very good place to be included in the House Finance Supplemental Omnibus bill that will ultimately be conferenced with a similar omnibus piece of legislation from the Senate. Sen. Julie Rosen, one of the authors of the pharmacist prescribing legislation, will put together the Senate Finance bill as Senate Finance Chair.

While the pharmacists prescribing legislation has made it through all policy and finance committees in the House, it was dealt a significant blow in the Senate last week. Senate HHS Finance Chair Michelle Benson indicated she will not hear the companion to HF 2962, SF 3015. While this does not “kill” the pharmacists prescribing legislation, SF 3015 did not meet second deadline in terms of making it out of the Senate HHS Finance and Policy Committee, the policy committee scope bills are heard in. Sen. Benson questions whether pharmacists should prescribe and also is keenly aware of opposition to the bill by the Minnesota Medical Association.

The legislation is not dead because it could be heard in Senate Finance, Sen. Rosen’s committee, and be included in the Senate Supplemental budget bill — where it could be conferenced with the House legislation. Even if it’s not included in the Senate Supplemental budget bill, it still could become part of the final Supplemental budget bill if the Senate and House conferees accept the House pharmacists prescribing legislation with the fiscal note of $14,000 in ’19 and $6,000 in the next biennium.

Only the next two months will tell the ultimate fate of the pharmacists prescribing legislation. The legislature is set to adjourn no later than May 21.

Minnesota News

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.

Jordan Mendkoff Appointed to ASHP Commission

Jordan Mendkoff, who is pursuing his doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, has been appointed to the ASHP Commission on Affiliate Relations for the 2018-2019 year. Congratulations from MPhA!

National News

Germs with Unusual Antibiotic Resistance Are Widespread

From Pharmacy Today, April 4: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that health departments working with the agency’s Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network identified more than 220 instances of germs with “unusual” antibiotic resistance genes in the U.S. in 2017. Germs with unusual resistance include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics. Read more.

ER Doctors Don’t Realize How Often They Prescribe Opioids

From Pharmacy Today, April 2: According to a study conducted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine and published in Academic Emergency Medicine, two-thirds of emergency department doctors are not aware of how often they prescribe opioids. “After seeing their real data, the people with inaccurate self-perceptions, on average, had 2.1% fewer opioid prescriptions per 100 patients 6 months later and 2.2% fewer prescriptions per 100 patients at 12 months,” said study author Sean Michael, an assistant professor at CU. Read more.

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.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 11

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

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Pharmacist Workforce

The objective of this session is to describe pharmacy practice capacity for meeting contemporary medication-related needs for Minnesota and the United States. Findings from National Pharmacist Workforce Surveys and Minnesota Pharmacist Workforce Surveys will be described and discussed.

View Full Details

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.

GRAPh/MPhA 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 an 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