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May 4, 2018
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Mission Moments:

MPhA Member Engages in Public Outreach on Opioid Crisis

Norrie Thomas, PhD, MS, RPh, adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health System at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, talked about the problem of opioid abuse and addiction on a Twin Cities radio program earlier this week. She suggested that the pharmaceutical industry should share part of the burden for helping to solve the opioid crisis. Listen to the interview. Dr. Thomas is a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives this year.

MPhA Presence at MPSA Auction Event

MPhA President Michelle Aytay and daughter Katie Aytay (center) joined with MPSA’s Kyler Anderson and Resident Dani Odenthal in supporting the annual Derby-themed Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance Auction Event.

MPhA Student Member Receives Honor

Kayla Mills, a student at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Twin Cities campus, has been honored as the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Chapter Member of the Year. Congratulations, Kayla!

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 has less than 20 days left until the mandated adjournment date as set by the state constitution. The Senate will take up its Omnibus Tax Bill by the end of this week. The next two weeks will be spent working on conference committee reports, the bonding bill, any tax conformity legislation that may be considered and several stand-alone bills.

  • The House passed the Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance Omnibus legislation on Tuesday, May 1: It includes gag order and claw-back pharmacy contracting reform, pharmacist emergency dispensing language, and much of the opioid crisis solution provisions. It does not include pharmacists prescribing or medication administration at this point. However, stakeholders (including MPhA) are still working hard to have one or both of these provisions included in the final HHS Omnibus legislation.
  • Early in the week, the Senate passed its Finance Omnibus bill which included all State government agencies and appropriations/supplemental budget legislative language. To date, neither pharmacy prescribing or medication administration has been included in the Senate legislation. However, the bills will not be finalized until they are conferenced in the next two weeks.

On Monday, April 30, the Senate passed SF2836, Sen. Jensen’s bill that would require that pharmacy benefit contracts with pharmacies do not prohibit Minnesota pharmacists from providing their patients with information on the lowest cost of medication. It also included language for the synchronization of patient medication refills in Minnesota.

Several provisions addressing the opioid epidemic in Minnesota were adopted as part of the Senate Finance bill earlier in the week. However, the Senate opioid stewardship fee and grant legislation, Sen. Rosen's SF730, has yet to see a floor vote. The good news is her opioid legislation had its final hearing in Senate Finance Committee on May 1 and was amended into final form for a Senate vote. The legislation would charge a licensing fee to opioid manufacturers and wholesalers operating in Minnesota based on the product volume distributed/sold of up to $20 million ($12 million in aggregate from manufacturers; $8 million in aggregate from the wholesalers). The fee revenue generated would fund a new Opiate Stewardship account — a special revenue fund that will pay for the Minnesota Deptartment of Health grants as well as Prescription Monitoring Program upgrades.

Both the House (HF1440) and Senate bills also include limitations on the number of days a schedule II-IV opiate prescription refill is valid (45 days in the House and 30 days in the Senate). If the House or Senate will take up the opioid stewardship legislation, they need support from House and Senate majority leadership. House leaders have indicated they are not interested in a new fee/tax and have included $10 million in appropriations from the State General Fund to address the opioid crisis. It is anticipated that both bills will pass their respective chambers and then be conferenced to determine what, if any, fee will be assessed in Minnesota.

MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Five Months to Reporting Deadline:

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy requires the completion of 30 hours of continuing education by September 30.

MPhA’s continuing education program provides more than a licensing requirement — you’ll also get the opportunity to network with your colleagues, stay on top of your professional game and practice to the top of your license. Don’t miss our Leadership Summit/House of Delegates Meeting, our Virtual Coffee Break Webinars, Town Halls or the Annual Learning Networking Event!

Grand Rapids Area Pharmacists (GRAPh)/MPhA Town Hall: Updated 2-for-1 Program

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 and incoming Director Heather Bibeau of Bigfork Valley Hospital & Clinics. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors and other health professionals while sharing fellowship before the dinner program.

We have joined with Novo Nordisk to combine our May 10 programs — so you get a 2-for-1! Dr. Eric Johnson, Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Services, will share how to reduce cardiovascular events in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Then 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!


5:30 p.m.

Registration, Social Hour (cash bar) and Exhibits

6:00 p.m.

CE Presentation and Meal (provided by Novo Nordisk)
Reducing Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Legislative Update

7:30 p.m.

Town Hall

8:00 p.m.


Program Costs

Members: Complimentary
Non-Members: $15

Register Online

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. • Online Webinar

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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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.

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National News

Minnesota among States Hit Hardest by Insect-Borne Diseases

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, May 2: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that illnesses caused by bites from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas have tripled in the U.S. since 2004. Minnesota and Wisconsin are among the states with the most reported cases of tick-borne disease and near the top of the list for reported cases of mosquito-borne disease. CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, said, “Our nation’s first lines of defense are state and local health departments and vector control organizations, and we must continue to enhance our investment in their ability to fight against these diseases."

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