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Small Doses

July 6, 2018
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Mission Moments:

Scott Setzepfandt Chosen for Alumni Service Award

Scott SetzepfandtMPhA Past President Scott Setzepfandt has been selected as the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s 2018 recipient of the Alumni Service Award. This award recognizes the service of a volunteer who has had a major impact on the University, its schools, colleges, departments, or faculty, or to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) or any of its constituent groups. This is the highest award given by the University of Minnesota for voluntary service to the University. Scott will be recognized at an awards program on Oct. 4, during Homecoming Week.

Pharmacy Faculty Receive AHC Fellowship for Teaching

MPhA members Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, and Diana Langworthy, PharmD, BCPS, have been named 2018-2019 Fellows in the new AHC Fellowship for Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms. During the coming year, their work will be focused on the Acute Care Pharmacotherapy course. Dr. Blue describes their plans, “It is our vision to transition the course from a largely lecture-based course to one that allows the students increased opportunities to verify and build on foundational concepts through the integration of effective and efficient active learning tools into course sessions and through additional team based learning (TBL) sessions.”

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

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 Three 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 recorded) and other events!

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

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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.

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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.

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Pharmacist Prescribed OTC Medications for Minnesota Medicaid

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. (CDT) • Online Webinar

Minnesota Medicaid allows pharmacists to prescribe OTC medications to Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) recipients and retail pharmacists are not consistently taking advantage of this prescribing authority. Enhancing your knowledge of pharmacist prescribing OTCs can improve job satisfaction and heighten your professional practice.

Register Online

About Our Speaker:

Adam Pavek is currently the consulting Pharmacy Director for Itasca Medical Care and a consultant with Ventegra, Inc. Previously, Adam was at the Minnesota Department of Human Services where he managed the Medicaid prescription drug list, led the fee-for-service Medicaid Drug Formulary Committee and Universal Pharmacy Policy Workgroup. He earned his pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007. Since completing his residency, Adam has gained a variety of practice experience including: retail pharmacy, adjunct professor at the MN College of Pharmacy, Co-Director of UHCP Managed Care residency, immunizing pharmacist, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) pharmacist, and pharmacy consultant.

National News

Study Shows Pharmacist Post-discharge Follow-up Reduces Readmission, Saves Money

From Pharmacy Today, July 2: Researchers conducted a study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to measure the real-world budget effect of implementing a pharmacist follow-up program. High-risk patients were identified on admission to the hospital for participation in post-discharge follow-up by a transition of care pharmacist. In a projected 1-year analysis that assumed the pharmacy team could successfully contact and manage 150 high-risk individuals each month, the hospital's net annual savings were about $1.05 million. Read the full article.

Lucinda Maine: Pharmacists Can Help Manage Drug Costs if Laws Just Let Them

From The Hill, June 29: Lucinda Maine, PhD, RPh, the executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (and an alum of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy) wrote an opinion piece for The Hill. She states that pharmacists are in a good position to help address skyrocketing drug prices "if state and federal laws would allow.”

Maine continues, “There is so much more pharmacists can do to improve outcomes and reduce costs but are prevented from doing so largely because of limitations imposed by state and federal regulations including lack of access to essential patient information.” Read the full opinion piece.