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Small Doses

June 8, 2018
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News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

Successful Drug Take-back Event Staffed by GRAPh Members

A team of volunteers from the Grand Rapids Area Pharmacists worked at a drug take-back event on Saturday, June 2. In just 3 hours, they collected 48 pounds of medication waste. Thanks to MPhA Board Member Heather Bibeau, Director of Retail Pharmacy at Bigfork Valley Pharmacy, for helping to organize the event and for sharing the photos.

Drug Takeback

The take-back team, shown left to right: Dr. Sara Elioff, Director of Hospital Pharmacy; Linda Koppelmann, CPhT; Kyle Buckingham, CPhT; Dr. Heather Bibeau, Director of Retail Pharmacy; Nancy Scheitler, Pharmacy Clerk; Michael Cowan, Grand Rapids Deputy Sheriff; Jodi Cormican, CPhT; Vanessa Nei, CPhT; Cassandra Kremer, CPhT; Aden Casey, Pharmacy Student.

Heather Bibeau

Dr. Heather Bibeau shows the large container of medication waste gathered at the event.

Duluth-Based Project Taps the Power of Black Women

Olihe Okoro

From an article in the Duluth News Tribune, June 3: MPhA member Olihe Okoro, PhD, MPH, MPharm, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, is leading a project in the Duluth area to leverage a community-based health education intervention to help promote prostate health and well-being among African American men. To do that, Dr. Okoro and her team are presenting a series of eight sessions on the causes of prostate cancer and other health challenges — and offering those classes to women who have a relationship of some sort with black men in the Twin Ports.

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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.

Alliance fro Patient Medication Safety

Nominate a Friend or Colleague Today for MPhA Awards and Recognition

Do you know a pharmacist or pharmacy technician who goes above and beyond the usual? The Minnesota Pharmacists Association wants to hear from you! Help us recognize these pharmacy leaders and inspirations by nominating a pharmacist or pharmacy technician for one of our awards. Nominations are now open.

Read the full award descriptions
See a list of past recipients

Nomination form(s) and letters of support must be submitted to the MPhA office by Friday, June 29.

Minnesota News

Open Positions on Drug Formulary Committee, E-Health Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Drug Formulary Committee has an opening for a pharmacist, and the Minnesota E-Health Advisory Committee has two openings for Rotating Professionals (pharmacists are specifically called out as qualifying for this position) plus an opening for Academics and Research. The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office announced the openings on June 4, and applications should be submitted by June 25.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days (June 25) of the “Publish Date” listed on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21-day application period.

How to Apply

Visit the Open Positions page.
Scroll down to find the correct Agency/Board/Council.
Choose the correct seat type, and click button that says APPLY
The system will walk you through creating an application profile.

Page 2 of the application will now allow you to attach the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Résumé or Biography

Applicants are encouraged to use the online application as the Appointing Authority will have access to your information as soon as it is submitted.

Applications submitted via downloadable application may experience some delay in reaching the Appointing Authority.

Paper applications may be submitted by email to: or by mail or in person to:

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155-1299

In accordance with the Minnesota Open Appointments Law, the Secretary of State acts as an administrator in publishing vacancies, receiving applications and recording appointments. Applications will be reviewed and appointments made by the appointing authorities; questions about specific vacancies and appointments should be directed to the appointing authority. Applications are kept on file for a one-year period.

Microvolunteer Opportunity: Pharmacists Needed for Two-Day Dental Clinic

As part of the Minnesota Dental Association Foundation’s free two-day Mission of Mercy dental clinic, two or more pharmacists are needed to dispense medications and counsel patients. The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy issues a variance to allow pharmacists to perform the final check on medications issued under the order of a dentist. This year the event will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center on September 7 and 8.

Get more information by watching a video and/or visiting the MDA website. There is a link to volunteer on the MDA website, or you can contact Executive Director Carmelo Cinqueonce at

MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Less than Four 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, or Town Halls!

You can check the CE credits earned through MPhA programs by going to Log in; then scroll under Membership>Member Central>Manage Profile, and click. When you are on the Manage Profile page, look under “Content and Features” and select Professional Development. You will see all the MPhA activities you have attended. You can specify a date range, then print or email your transcript. If you need any assistance, please contact Bryan Mowry at

Last Chance! Register Now for MPhA Town Hall

Sunday, June 10, 2018 • 5:30-8 p.m.

Braham Community Center, Braham, Minn.

Join your colleagues in the Braham/Mora area for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! MPhA Past President Brent Thompson and Pharmacist Patty Lind will host the event at the Braham Event Center. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors while sharing fellowship before the dinner program. This event is complimentary to MPhA members!

You’ll hear Tina Larsen, PharmD, provide a program on pharmacogenomics and medication use. Then MPhA 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 events. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Now


5:30 p.m.

Registration, Social Hour and Exhibits

6:30 p.m.

CE Presentation and Meal: Pharmacogenomics and Medication — Applying to Practice

7:30 p.m.

Town Hall

8:00 p.m.


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

  • Categorize common actionable pharmacogenomic polymorphisms.
  • Apply pharmacogenomic results to the following classes of drugs: analgesics, antidepressants and antiplatelets/anticoagulants.
  • Familiarize popular topics related to CRISPR, newly approved gene therapy.

Register Now: June 20 MPhA Virtual Coffee Break

Updates to Diabetes Guidelines: A Focus on Evidence and Clinical Application of Newer Agents

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. • Online Webinar

Updates will be provided on the American Diabetes Association guidelines as well as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists guidelines, with a focus on newer agents and evidence supporting use of these medications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize and apply the 2018 clinical guidelines for the treatment of hyperglycemia;
  • Recommend appropriate anti-diabetic agents according to patient characteristics and comorbidities;
  • Apply evidence-based medicine beyond the guidelines to clinical decision making in patients with diabetes;
  • Summarize several cardiovascular outcome trials related to antidiabetic agents and apply trial data to clinical decision making.

Register Now

About Our Speakers:

Kylee Funk is clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Funk provides comprehensive medication management at the University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic. Her research is around the impact of CMM, pharmacist and nurse practitioner partenerships, and innovative techniques for diabetes education. Dr. Funk and Dr. Schweiss are co-directors for the Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome course.

Sarah Schweiss is clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on the Duluth campus. She also serves as the Assistant Director for the University of Minnesota's PGY-1 residency program. Dr. Schweiss provides comprehensive medication management at St. Luke's Mount Royal Medical Clinic. Her scholarly expertise lies in the realm of innovative diabetes education, interprofessional diabetes care, and novel teaching methods among ambulatory care pharmacy residency programs. Dr. Schweiss co-directs the College's Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome course with Dr. Funk, and also serves as the course director for an interprofessional diabetes experience elective.

National News

FDA Takes Action against Websites that Market Unapproved Opioids

From FDA News Release, June 5: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the agency has warned more than 50 online networks that they must stop illegally marketing unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medications. “The FDA is taking additional steps to protect U.S. consumers from illicit opioids by targeting the websites that illegally market them and other illicit drugs, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “The Internet is virtually awash in illegal narcotics and we’re going to be taking new steps to work with legitimate internet firms to voluntarily crack down on these sales.”

The FDA will host a meeting with Internet stakeholders to identify new methods of working collaboratively to deal with these issues. The Online Opioid Summit on June 27 will address topics including research into the ease with which illicit opioids can be purchased online and industry approaches to addressing opioids marketed online, followed by a roundtable discussion to identify gaps and new solutions.

Read the full news release

NCPA Needs Pharmacy Owner Volunteers to Help with Business Plan Competition Judging

From National Community Pharmacists Association, June 6: Pharmacy owners are needed to serve as judges for the next Student Business Plan Competition. Donate a few hours of your time to help prepare the next generation of community pharmacy owners.

Learn more and sign up

Thrifty White Teams with PrescribeWellness

From Chain Drug Review, June 5: PrescribeWellness has announced a unique partnership with Thrifty White Drug Stores, an employee-owned pharmacy with more than 100 stores in six states. The partnership will further enable Thrifty White pharmacists to provide clinically focused services, enhance the patient experience, improve pharmacy workflow, offer comprehensive patient engagement and support services, and drive better patient outcomes.

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