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Small Doses

August 10, 2018
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Mission Moment:

Student Pharmacists Provide Health Screenings in Minneapolis

Student pharmacists have been busy this summer! Operation Heart and Operation Diabetes of MPSA offered free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings and health education at the Nokomis East Neighborhood block party on July 7; the students were welcomed with open arms to this wonderful community. The event featured traditional Mexican dance and a Somali Dance Troop, along with food and fun! State Senator Patricia Torres Ray stopped by the event and posted a picture and shout-out to student pharmacists for the services and care they provided to this community of immigrants!

Sen. Patricia Torres Ray with student pharmacists Blood pressure screening Operation Heart health education

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

MPhA Members Needed to Represent at NCPA Convention

If you plan to participate in this year’s Annual Convention of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) in October, we have a microvolunteer opportunity for you! MPhA needs a representative for the Resolution Committee and for the Nomination Committee, as well as delegates. The time commitment is limited, yet you’ll make a big difference for the future of pharmacy. If you are interested, please contact Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig. The deadline to submit nominations is September 28, 2018.

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

College of Pharmacy, Duluth, 15 Year Celebration

The Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event, which will be held at The Historic Union Depot in Duluth, will begin at 6 p.m. with a social, followed by dinner and entertainment. Group rates are available at two hotels in downtown Duluth. For more information, visit the College of Pharmacy website.

MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Less than Two 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

MPhA MTM Academy Networking Event

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 • 5 p.m. • Utepils Brewing, Minneapolis

Molly Ekstrand, Paul Rukavina and Allyson Schlichte are excited to announce another MTM Academy Networking event. We consistently hear that one aspect of membership you enjoy the most is the opportunity to connect with colleagues and network. No registration is required! Just show up, meet new colleagues and catch up with friends. Join us at Utepils Brewing, 225 Thomas Ave. N., Suite 700, Minneapolis, Minn., 55405 on August 14. We will be there from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Buy your own beer — a food truck will also be available.

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

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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.

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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 UMN 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

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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.

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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.

“Partnering for Population Health,” MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 4-5, 2018 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park • Registration Opens on August 6

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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.

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Why attend ALNE? “I enjoy participating in ALNE each year as it is a great place to see colleagues and network with them. I also appreciate the clinical content and how relevant it is to our practices.” –– Amanda Brummel, PharmD, BCACP, Director, Clinical Ambulatory Pharmacy Services, Fairview Pharmacy Services

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

National News

Proposed Merger Gets Pushback from California Insurance Commissioner

From NCPA qAM Email, Aug. 6: California's insurance commissioner is urging the U.S. Justice Department to block the merger of CVS Health and Aetna, saying it would "have significant anti-competitive impacts on American consumers and health care and health insurance markets."

In his letter to the DOJ, Commissioner Dave Jones says the merger would harm independent pharmacies, writing that it "could drive small, independent pharmacies out of business or result in CVS purchasing them, thus further concentrating the retail pharmacy market."

In a statement, CVS said it "strongly" disagrees with the recommendation, adding that the California Department of Insurance "does not have direct approval authority over this proposed acquisition."

Medicaid Expansion Has Made Diabetes Meds More Accessible to Poor, Study Shows

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, Aug. 8: According to pharmaceutical and health economists at the University of Southern California, Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has benefited low-income people with diabetes. The researchers report that prescriptions for diabetes drugs increased about 40% in the 30 states that widened Medicaid eligibility in 2014–15, compared with previous years, while prescriptions were not meaningfully changed in the states that declined to increase Medicaid access.

The study, published in Health Affairs, reinforces for some the idea that Medicaid expansion can help patients manage chronic disease and better afford treatment. But critics warn that there eventually could be financial fallout for some patients based on the dynamics between insurers and the pharmaceutical industry.