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Small Doses

July 13, 2018
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Mission Moment:

Cody Wiberg Receives Friend of College Award

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Cody Wiberg was announced as the recipient of the Century Mortar Club Friend of the College Award in December 2017. His award was shipped to the wrong place. This week, MPhA President Jason Varin presented the award to Cody during a Minnesota Board of Pharmacy meeting. Many of Cody’s colleagues, students, past presidents and others were on hand to congratulate him this week.

Cody Wiberg receives award from Jason Varin

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

Less than Three Weeks Left to Nominate a Friend or Colleague 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. Make your nominations now.

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

Minnesota Pharmacists Should Fill Prescriptions for Expedited Partner Therapy

By Susan Chhen, PharmD Candidate of 2019, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

This article is written in response to concerns received by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regarding pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for expedited partner therapy (EPT) for chlamydia or gonorrhea.

EPT has been legal in Minnesota since May 2008. EPT allows providers to prescribe treatment for chlamydia or gonorrhea to a patient to deliver to his/her sex partners whom the patient believes will not go to a clinic for evaluation. Prescriptions for EPT may be written without a name in the event that the patient does not know or is unwilling to give the names of partners to providers. Some partners may also prefer to remain anonymous and not give their names to the pharmacist.

Pharmacies are encouraged to work with their system to determine how to process EPT medications without a patient name. Pharmacies may need to create a fake name that can be utilized for EPT unnamed prescriptions. For example, John Doe #1, John Doe #2, etc. At this time, EPT medications are not reimbursed by Medicaid or any known insurance companies within Minnesota. Pharmacies should process, dispense and educate on EPT medications as outlined in the “Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Guidance for Medical Providers in Minnesota”, provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, available here. Watch for additional information in the Summer issue of the Minnesota Pharmacist.

Pharmacists Needed for Annual Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic

As part of the Minnesota Dental Association Foundation’s free two-day Mission of Mercy dental clinic, pharmacists are needed to dispense medications and counsel patients. You can choose a half-day shift on either Friday or Saturday. 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. Several pharmacists have already signed up — this is a fun opportunity to give back to our community while working with fellow pharmacists and dentists.

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

Register Now for Next Week’s Webinar!

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:

Eric Hartkopf, PharmD, is a Pharmacist Analyst at PAAS National® (The Pharmacy Audit Assistance Service). PAAS National® serves over 4000 pharmacy members with audits in all 50 states, having saved members over $463 million in audit recoveries.

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

Register Now!

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

IPC Awards Ten Pharmacy Scholarships

Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) is thrilled to announce the recipients of its 2018 Student Scholarships. Ten pharmacy student winners were awarded a $1,500 scholarship, with matching funds from McKesson Corporation.

Students at IPC Conference

Winning scholarships were given based on an essay competition where students detailed their most memorable Independent Pharmacy Conference experience.

IPC hosted and sponsored over 30 pharmacy students from 11 universities who attended the eighth annual Independent Pharmacy Conference held in Hilton Head, South Carolina April 26-29, 2018. The event presented students with tremendous opportunities to learn about what an independent pharmacy business entails and network with successful store owners, industry experts and pharmacy vendors, as well as IPC staff. Many of the students commented on how impressed they were with the guest speakers, as well as the IPC Board Member panel discussion where board members shared their personal stories regarding independent pharmacy ownership.

IPC has awarded nearly $130,000 in support of future community pharmacists since 2011, with 84 scholarships distributed. To date, IPC has sponsored 380 student conference attendees hailing from universities across the United States. Learn more about IPC.

New Report Shows Benefits of Expanded Pharmacy Tech Role

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, July 11: A new paper recommends expanding the role of pharmacy technicians to improve patient care. The report, developed by the University of Pittsburgh with members of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and others, promotes a unified goal of advanced pharmacy technician practice, including broader technician roles and administrative responsibilities in dispensing medicines and supporting patient care services.

The report includes eight evidence-based positions on the benefits for expanding pharmacy technicians' roles. Read the full report.

NACDS Partners with ACOG and APhA on Immunization Referral Tip Sheet

From Chain Drug Review, July 5: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has partnered with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to create a tip sheet for obstetricians and gynecologists to implement an immunization referral system with other healthcare stakeholders, including pharmacies.

Obstetrician-gynecologists and pharmacists, including NACDS member companies, were actively engaged in the development of the tip sheet, which provides relevant information to enhance healthcare stakeholder collaboration and increase national immunization rates. Immunization referral is an important step in continued and expanded pharmacy-physician practice collaborations.