MPhA News

Small Doses

April 27, 2018
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Minnesota News
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Mission Moment:

St. Paul Corner Drug among 2017 Top MTM Centers

OutcomesMTM (a Cardinal Health company) has announced the winners of its Top MTM Centers, Pharmacy Chains and PSAOs of 2017. St. Paul Corner Drug made the list of top MTM centers in the Central Region, which includes Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin in addition to Minnesota. The awards are based on an organization’s overall effectiveness in delivering CMRs and resolving drug therapy problems though TIPs.

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.


MPhA Election Results

Congratulations to the following members who have been elected to the MPhA Board:

  • President-Elect: Craig Else (Fridley)
  • Treasurer: Tim Affeldt (Minneapolis)
  • Board Members At Large: Michelle Johnson (Mounds View) and Ann Byre (Minneapolis)
  • Metro Board Member: Amanda Brummel (Minneapolis)
  • Rural Board Members: Heather Bibeau (Bigfork) and Reid Smith (Esko)

These new officers and directors — along with Jason Varin (Minneapolis), who will become President — will be installed as part of the annual House of Delegates meeting. Register now! Additional information is found in the Events section of this newsletter.

Legislative Update

Important legislation at the State Capitol is being considered that would allow pharmacists to be part of the solution when it comes to greater access to health care and life-saving medications and treatments for Minnesotans. This week and next are crucial to advancing pharmacy in Minnesota. The House HHS Omnibus Finance Bill had its last hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee on April 25 before being sent to the floor and on to a conference committee with the legislation being considered in the Senate.

HF2962 – medication administration, is still alive. We need your help advocating for this provision to make sure it is included in the House Omnibus legislation and in similar legislation in the Senate. To be successful in seeing these important changes become law for the benefit of the people of Minnesota, we need your help by doing the following:

For Pharmacist Prescribing and Medication Administration:

Contact your legislator and ask for their support of this important initiative. Then please contact House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Matt Dean and ask that he include Pharmacists Prescribing (HF2962) and medication administration (formerly HF3250) in the House Omnibus Finance Bill.

Contact Sen. Scott Jensen and tell him you support his language including pharmacists prescribing (HF2962) and pharmacist medication administration (formerly SF3014, the House companion legislation) as an amendment to Sen. Julie Rosen’s bill, SF730 (addressing the opioid crisis). Contact Sen. Rosen and tell her you support these amendments.

Click here to contact your legislators now

Minnesota News

Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Announced

Just-out guidelines will help Minnesota communities reduce opioid prescriptions; encourage safe, consistent standards when opioids are called for; and deliver compassionate support to people who need ongoing opioid therapy. Built on the understanding that opioids are not the best option for treating chronic pain and may actually worsen it, Minnesota’s guidelines focus on post-acute care — the first 45 days after an injury or surgery — as a critical time for preventing long-term use.


Gov. Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature established the Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program in 2015 to reduce opioid dependency and substance use by Minnesotans due to the prescribing of opioids by health care providers. The Opioid Prescribing Work Group was convened through 2019 to advance the program’s work, which includes developing statewide guidelines on appropriate opioid prescribing. The opioid prescribing guidelines are a joint effort of the medical community and the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Human Services.

Visit the opioid prescribing guidelines website to read about the:

  • Framework for Minnesota’s guidelines
  • Pain phases
  • Care settings addressed by the guidelines.

Opportunity to Volunteer as Guest Pharmacist Speaker

Prairie Hill Evangelical Free Church in Eden Prairie presents a “Stepping On” program — a fall reduction class for seniors who are living independently. As part of the series, there is a section on medications where pharmacists are invited to speak. The pharmacist would simply talk informally (no PowerPoint required) with attendees about medications that may affect balance.

The next opportunity is on Tuesday, May 15, 1:15-2:10 p.m. in Eden Prairie. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Faith Community Nurse Eileen Weber at If you have questions about what has been covered in previous programs, contact Joe Litsey, PharmD, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy, at 612-965-4883, 763-513-4364 or Our thanks to Joe for his service to the community, and for sharing the opportunity!

MPhA Events

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.

Register Online

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

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018 • 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
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.

Register Now

Pharmacogenomics Conference: Genomic Testing to Individualize Drug Therapy

Friday, June 22, 2018 • 7:00 a.m.-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

Register Online

FDA Webinar: Pharmacists’ Requirements under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 • 1:00 p.m. EDT/Noon CDT

This series of educational webinars is designed to aid physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, other health care professionals, and students, to provide better patient care by knowing how to find relevant FDA regulatory information that will improve drug safety. This webinar will provide key requirements for dispensers (primarily pharmacies) under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) for enhanced drug distribution security for protecting patients from receiving illegitimate prescription drugs, such as counterfeit or stolen drugs. The webinar will also review current and future dispenser responsibilities under the law and highlight FDA resources available to dispensers to educate themselves further and stay up to date on the latest DSCSA implementation.

Registration Fees

There is no cost to attend this webinar.

This knowledge-based activity has been assigned ACEP Universal Activity Number JA0002895-0000-18-060-L03-P and ACPE Universal Activity Number JA0002895-0000-18-060-L03-T for 1.00 contact hour(s). Partial credit cannot be awarded, therefore you must attend the entire activity to receive CPE credit. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will need their NABP e-profile ID number as well as their DOB in MMDD format in order to claim CE credit.

Register Online

After registering, you will receive a calendar invitation with details on how to join the webinar.

Connecting the Dots between Payers & Providers in IBD Decision-Making

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 • 7:00 to 8:45 a.m. • Bloomington, MN

MPhA members, including those in the MPhA Managed Care Academy, are invited to attend a program featuring speaker John M. Inadomi, MD, Cyrus E. Rubin Chair and Head, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. This is a complimentary CME/CE event provided by PRIME Inc. through an independent educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. This session has been approved for 1.25 hours of credit for pharmacist through ACPE.

Get more information and register

National News

DEA Aims for Record during National Prescription Drug Take-back Day

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, April 25: DEA’s 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will involve more than 5,600 collection sites across the U.S. The event, scheduled for tomorrow (April 28), aims to prevent medication abuse and theft by allowing the public to safely dispose of potentially dangerous drugs. The public can find a nearby collection site at or by calling 800-882-9539. (DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.)

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As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, April 23: The number of new prescriptions for drugs to treat opioid addiction nearly doubled in 2017, from 42,000 per month to 82,000, according to the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. The trend comes amid a campaign by the Trump administration and many states to expand access to these medications in an attempt to combat the national opioid epidemic. Read more.

FDA Takes New Steps to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, April 23: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its latest action to encourage and support the development of treatment options for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). The agency released a draft guidance aimed at helping industry to develop new medications for use in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence. “We know medication-assisted treatment us effective in treating addiction, and we at the Department of Health and Human Services are using every avenue we have to boost access to it,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.