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Small Doses

June 22, 2018
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Mission Moment:

Gunda Georg Named Regents Professor

Gunda Georg

MPhA member Gunda Georg, PhD, has been appointed a Regents Professor of the University of Minnesota. The Regents Professorship, the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty, recognizes faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the University through teaching, research, scholarship, or creative work, and contributions to the public good. Georg is professor and head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, and the Robert Vince Endowed Chair and McKnight Presidential Chair.

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 for 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 Monday, July 30.

Minnesota News

Apply by Monday for 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. Applications should be submitted by Monday, 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

COP Wins 2018 ACCP Clinical Research Challenge

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is the championship team in the 2018 ACCP Clinical Research Challenge (CRC). Student team members Karla Marz, Parker Johnson and Victoria Smith and faculty liaison Ann Philbrick, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, submitted a proposal entitled Antibiotic Stewardship in a Small Hospital: Overcoming Barriers with Telemedicine.

Teams achieving the top 40 scores after the initial online Journal Club Round submitted an LOI. Teams achieving the top 20 scores after round 2 were invited to compete in round 3: Research Protocol Development. Teams were tasked with developing a research proposal designed to demonstrate the clinical pharmacist’s value in providing antimicrobial stewardship services in a small, rural, critical access hospital environment.

Proposals were reviewed by the CRC Review Panel, and submissions ranking in the top one-third were sent to the CRC Oversight Panel for evaluation and selection of awards.

Read the full report

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 Virtual Coffee Break Webinars, live or on demand!

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

Don’t Be an Audit Target: MPhA Virtual Coffee Break

Register Now!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. • Online Webinar

Pharmacy audits continue to plague pharmacies. This webinar could save you thousands of dollars. We will explain the types of pharmacy audits that are occurring and then touch upon prescription requirements and some real-life examples of things that are occurring in the pharmacy audit world, and exactly how to avoid them.

Learning Objectives:

  • List three types of audits that are being conducted by third parties;
  • Explain the prescription requirements needed to avoid penalties during audits;
  • Describe two examples of frequently penalized areas in audits and how to avoid them.

Register Now

About Our Speaker:

Mark Jacobs, RPh, FASCP, is a pharmacist with 25 years experience working in a community pharmacy including 20 years in pharmacy management. Mark has served his profession in several capacities including President of the Beloit Pharmacists Association, The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the American Pharmacists Association Committee on Pharmacy Work Life Issues. Mark has worked for Ed Heckman as a Pharmacy Audit Consultant at PAAS National® (The Pharmacy Audit Assistance Service) since 1999. PAAS National® serves over 4000 pharmacy members with audits in all 50 states, having saved members over $463 million in audit recoveries.

National News

House Passes Bill to Help USPS Block Illegal Opioids

From Pharmacy Today, June 18: The U.S. House has passed a bill to shake up the international mailing system in an attempt to reduce the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) role in the country’s opioid epidemic. The bill would require USPS to receive “advanced electronic data” (AED) on the contents of international packages before they reach the U.S. The legislation would apply rules currently enforced on private shipping companies to USPS by 2021. USPS currently collects such data on 40% of inbound international packages.

Arkansas PBM Law Struck on Appeal

From Pharmacy Today, June 20: On June 8, a U.S. appeals court unanimously ruled in favor of Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) in its challenge of an Arkansas law governing how pharmacists are reimbursed for generic drugs. At issue is Act 900 of 2015, a law that prevents PBMs from paying affiliated pharmacies more than they pay other pharmacies for the same prescription. The law also bars PBMs from paying pharmacies a lower price than the wholesale cost of a drug. Pharmacists said the law was necessary to stop benefits managers from shorting them on reimbursements.

In the ruling, the court agreed with a lower court that Act 900 is pre-empted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, meaning the federal law takes precedence over the state law. The circuit court then reversed part of the lower court’s ruling that said Act 900 was not pre-empted by Medicare Part D, a federal program. Read the full article

CDC Asks Pharmacists to Help Prevent Diabetes

From NASPA News, June 15: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new guide to help pharmacists participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), the CDC’s initiative to combat type 2 diabetes. The Rx for the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Action Guide for Community Pharmacists outlines how pharmacists can promote awareness, screen at-risk patients, and either provide the National DPP for their patients or refer to another provider.

NASPA was proud to participate in the development of this guide, along with many other contributors including NASPA Associate Members, AACP, APhA, NACDS, NCPA, Kroger, and more.

Get more information and download the guide