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Small Doses

July 27, 2018
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Mission Moment:

Strong Minnesota Involvement at AACP Event

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pharmacy Education 2018 event concluded earlier this week in Boston. From presentations by University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy faculty to poster session involvement, from a celebration of AACP President-Elect Todd Sorensen to the Distinguished Teaching Scholar award presented to Kristin Janke, there was plenty of Minnesota involvement at the event.

UMN COP at AACP Pharm Ed 2018

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

Last Chance! 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. Nominations are due by Monday, July 30!

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

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 (6 a.m. to Noon or Noon to 5:30 p.m.) on either Friday or Saturday. Volunteers are especially needed for the early shift on 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

MDH Unveils New Online Opioid Dashboard

MDH Opioid Deaths Graph

The purpose of the Minnesota Department of Health Opioid Dashboard is to be a one-stop shop for all statewide data related to opioid use, misuse, and overdose death prevention. The page shows indicators such as total opioid overdose deaths, prescription opioid misuse and opioid prescribing practices; where applicable, the page also shows whether the situation is improving, getting worse or is stable. Visit the site 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

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.

MDH Adult Immunization Update: MPhA Virtual Coffee Break

Register Now!
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. • Online Webinar

Get the latest information on Minnesota immunization recommendations for adults. Topics will include updates on zoster vaccines, hepatitis B and influenza vaccines. Best practice resources for pharmacists in Minnesota regarding administration, storage and handling of vaccine and use of the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) will also be presented.

Registration Fees

  • $25 for nonmembers.
  • MPhA pharmacist members, pharmacy technician members and student members may attend at no cost.

Register Online

About Our Speaker:

Jennifer Heath is the supervisor of the Education and Partnerships Unit in the Vaccine Preventable Disease Section at the Minnesota Department of Health. She has been with the department since 2009 and in her role as supervisor since 2016. The Education and Partnerships Unit leads several initiatives to improve immunization coverage throughout Minnesota, including provider education, promotion of adult and adolescent vaccines, school and child care reporting, and outreach and influenza vaccine promotion.

Save the Date: “Partnering for Population Health,” MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 4-5, 2018 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

MPhA ALNE logo

Join your colleagues for this year’s Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium, “Partnering for Population Health.” Your peers have designed this unique event on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5, and it will allow you to create an agenda for practice and professional development. Registration will open soon!

Sponsorship opportunities are going fast! Learn more about sponsorship and check out our current sponsors and exhibitors.

National News

Drug Manufacturers Sue Internet Sites, Seek Ruling to Limit Financial Liability

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, July 23: Endo International and Mallinckrodt have sued several convicted drug dealers and Internet sites for illegally offering opioids. The companies also named Tennessee counties and towns, seeking a ruling that effectively limits the firms' financial responsibility over claims they fueled a public-health crisis through their marketing of the opioid analgesics.

The suit, filed in state court in Kingsport, Tenn., comes nearly two months after a Tennessee judge rejected the pharmaceutical firms' effort to have the Tennessee municipalities' opioid suit thrown out. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III also sued opioid makers in May, saying their marketing of the drugs as nonaddictive violated federal and state laws. Gerard Stranch IV, a lawyer for Sullivan County, Tenn., which is among the municipalities that sued the companies, said the case is frivolous. He said, "What they're trying to do is intimidate other cities and counties from filing these lawsuits against them."

John Hueston, an outside attorney for Endo, said: "This is the first in the nation type of filing that properly describes the cause of the so-called opioid epidemic as the true source, which is the illegal supply chain, which has been documented by regulators, the scientific community and even some of the authorities connected with the plaintiffs themselves."

Pharmacists’ Participation Strengthens Community Antidrug Coalitions

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, July 23: The opioid crisis is on the national radar, but its real effects are most striking up close. Scarcely a neighborhood across the country has been shielded from the pain that can result from substance abuse and misuse. Community antidrug coalitions are taking action on a local scale—and they’re looking for pharmacists to join their cause.

Read the full article.