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Small Doses

April 20, 2018
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Minnesota News
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Mission Moments:

COP Dean Emeritus Receives Purdue University Honor

Congratulations to University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Dean Emeritus Marilyn Speedie! She has been named a Purdue University Distinguished Woman Scholar for 2018.

Snow Doesn't Stop Leadership Emphasis Area Reunion

Some pharmacists and future pharmacists braved the weather last Saturday for the Leadership Emphasis Area 10-year reunion at the College of Pharmacy, facilitated by Professor and Associate Department Head Todd Sorensen and Professor Kristin Janke, both of the COP Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems.

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:

The Minnesota legislature spent the past week putting its finance bills together. Both the House and Senate are still working through their own legislative provisions that will ultimately be included in final House and Senate finance omnibus bills. The legislative process to move these bills to the House and Senate floor will be put together over the next two weeks. Significant action has been taken on several bills/provisions included in the omnibus legislation affecting Minnesota pharmacists and pharmacy.

Legislation, which has been modified at each committee stop along the way, would allow Minnesota pharmacists to prescribe in three medication categories. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the House HHS finance bill last week. However, the legislation has not been included in the current House omnibus legislation because it received a small fiscal note, meaning it costs the State to implement. While the legislation was heard and passed out of both House Committees it was referred to, there is still work to be done to find the funding to implement the legislation. In an April 19 House HHS Finance Committee hearing, the legislative language was offered as an amendment to the Finance Omnibus bill, but was then withdrawn because of the fiscal note. The fate of the pharmacists prescribing legislation in the House will most likely be decided in the next two weeks.

In the Senate, pharmacy prescribing did not receive a policy hearing before the spring recess; however, the bill may be brought up in the Senate Finance Committee during the conference committee process. Senate leadership and the authors of the legislation are working to have pharmacists prescribing in three medication categories included in the final finance legislation that will be conferenced between the House and Senate before the end of the Minnesota legislative session, which ends May 21. Read the full report.

MPhA Website Update:

The MPhA Editorial Advisory Committee recently worked with staff to update an important resource for our members. Visit our links page (a members-only benefit) to easily find various state and federal agencies, national organizations related to pharmacy and state pharmacy associations. If you have additional suggestions for this page or any other page on the MPhA website, please contact MPhA Communication Director Laurie Pumper.

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.

In Memoriam: Tom McKennell

Tom McKennell passed away surrounded by family on March 27, 2018, at the age of 90. A retired faculty member from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, where he spent 25 years a director of continuing education, Tom also served as secretary/treasurer of the Century Mortar Club. He is remembered by the College of Pharmacy as an exceptional ambassador of the college and a caring person who worked tirelessly to bring continuing education to all regions of the state.

Tom was a recipient of the University of Minnesota's Pharmacy Alumni Society Distinguished Pharmacist Award. He received the Hallie Bruce Memorial Lecture Award from the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1982; the award recognizes an individual of high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals who has made significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy in Minnesota.

All are invited to join his family at Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd. in Stillwater, on Friday, April 27. Visitation is 4-6 p.m., followed by the service then dinner. The burial will take place at the Pine Hills Cemetery in Scarborough Ontario later this summer.

MPhA Events

Deadline Extended! APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Friday, May 4, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Register by April 23!
This program approved by Minnesota Medicaid

Register by April 23 for a seat in this program! 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.

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Register Now for May 16 MPhA Virtual Coffee Break to Prep for House of Delegates Meeting

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 • 11:30 a.m.

Join MPhA Speaker of the House Tony Olson, Vice Speaker Alison Knutson, Parliamentarian Terry Hietpas and the MPhA leadership for an Open Forum Webinar on Wednesday, May 16 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CDT during MPhA’s Virtual Coffee Break. We welcome both MPhA members and non-members for this webinar. The purpose is to walk you through the policy agenda for the MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates meeting on May 31 and get your input and answer your questions on MPhA policy.

Speaker Olson and Vice Speaker Knutson will review the order of business at the House of Delegates — including MPhA committee recommendations. We will also review the work of MPhA’s various committees. If you have ideas for new business items (which must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of the House of Delegates meeting), this is an excellent time to raise them and see if MPhA has a current policy.

Make your voice heard and let MPhA know what is on your mind by participating in this Open Forum Webinar. There is no fee to participate in this program — but you do need to RSVP so we may set up the webinar and send you dial-in information.

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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.

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MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting: Traveling the Road Forward

Thursday, May 31, 2018 • 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

The 2018 Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting will be inspirational and motivational and provide you with the opportunity to network, learn and share with your peers throughout the day. The morning program will feature invigorating messages of creating change and professional advancement, tips for working across generational differences, and insights into succession planning to achieve your professional advancement goals.

We will share MPhA and pharmacy’s advocacy successes in the afternoon and be challenged to lay the groundwork for future advocacy initiatives to enable pharmacists to meet the health needs of Minnesota communities. During the House of Delegates, you will hear about the State of MPhA from leadership, discuss policy proposals and new business and install MPhA’s new leadership for the year. We’ll close our day with a networking reception honoring our Past Presidents and MPhA volunteers. The day is designed to provide us with a glimpse of how far we have come to advance patient care and practice and where we need to go next.

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Pharmacogenomics Conference: Genomic Testing to Individualize Drug Therapy

Friday, June 22, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

Registration Fees
General Registration: $100
Student Registration: $50

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National News

DEA’s Drug Takeback Day is April 28. Are You Ready?

From NCPA Email, April 18: Will your pharmacy be participating in National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, on Saturday, April 28? If so, the National Community Pharmacists Association wants to know about it. Take NCPA’s quick online survey – it's four questions, tops. NCPA often gets media inquiries in advance of the event, and wants to be able to gauge member participation and know where to refer reporters who want to interview member pharmacies. Just click here – it takes less than a minute.

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and National Prescription Drug Takeback Day (April 28), here's a bonus for you: The NCPA Foundation is offering a free box of 12 Sharps TakeAway™ Medication Recovery Envelopes – a $78 value – from the NCPA Foundation, made possible by a donation from Cardinal Health. To order your Sharps TakeAway™ Medication Recovery Envelopes, please contact Max Daniel at, or call 703-838-2653.

Most Consumers Keep Unused Opioid Prescriptions

From AAOA Email, April 13: A poll commissioned by Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) reveals that nearly nine of 10 consumers keep their opioid prescriptions for future use. This statistic highlights the need for enhanced education around the importance of and best practices for safe storage and disposal of prescription medicines, especially opioids.

Ahead of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28, you are invited to share these findings and other AAOA resources with friends, family members and colleagues to ensure that we all do our part to dispose of any unused or expired prescriptions as soon as possible.

FDA Commissioner Says Drug Makers Should “End the Shenanigans”

From Pharmacy Today, April 16: FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said recently that pharmaceutical companies should “end the shenanigans” that prevent makers of generic drugs from creating inexpensive generic copies of brand-name medicines. Makers of generics need samples of brand-name drugs to show that a generic copy is equivalent to the original. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating the practice of refusing to provide samples. Read more.

Maryland Price-Gouging Law Ruled Unconstitutional

From Pharmacy Today, April 16: An appeals court has ruled that a Maryland law passed in 2017 to stop sharp increases in the price of generic medicines is unconstitutional. It’s a setback to efforts by states to keep a lid on the cost of drugs. The Maryland law gave authorities new power to monitor drug price changes and seek fines or court orders reversing those increases. But the Association for Accessible Medicines, a drug industry trade group, sued, arguing that the law could hurt competition by scaring drug companies out of the business. Read more.