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Small Doses

August 17, 2018
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Mission Moment:

Brundage Elected Regent for ACCP

Richard Brundage

Richard C. Brundage, PharmD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, has been elected as a Regent to the American College of Clinical Pharmacology for the 2019-2023 term. Members of the Board of Regents are elected by ACCP’s voting membership.

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, September 7 and 8. 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. The event will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 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

UnitedHealth in Talks to Buy Genoa

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today newsletter, Aug. 10: According to a report from Axios, UnitedHealth Group is considering an acquisition of Genoa Healthcare. The report indicates that Genoa, which operates pharmacies inside mental-health centers, could go for more than $2 billion. Genoa is currently owned by Advent International, a Boston-based private equity firm.

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? Just 6 Weeks 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. Login at, then scroll under Membership>Member Central>Manage Profile, and click. When you are on the Manage Profile page, look under “Content and Features” and click on Professional Development. From there you can specify a time period to search (e.g., October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018) and you’ll see all your ACPE and MN Board of Pharmacy credits for MPhA programs. Remember, only ACPE credits may be entered into the NABP CE Monitor. As such, the MPhA website provides a more complete picture of your CE credits as the Board of Pharmacy reporting deadline nears. If you need any assistance, please contact Bryan Mowry at

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.

“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

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.

Register Online

Why attend ALNE?

“The ALNE is a great event year after year to connect and collaborate with colleagues. I really appreciate the opportunity to hear from experts in a variety of relevant topics. I always take valuable information back to my practice to better serve my patients.”
–– Maddie Atol, PharmD, Health Partners

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

National News

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

From NCPA website, Aug. 3: This is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), established to encourage individuals of all ages to make sure they’re up to date on their vaccinations! There are several ways you can celebrate #NIAM18:

Every year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of immunization and the need for improving national vaccination coverage levels. NIAM is co-sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and CDC.

Stay up to date on your immunization knowledge! Register now for the MPhA Virtual Coffee Break Webinar for the latest information on Minnesota immunization recommendations for adults.

Eli Lilly Defies California Law with Insulin Price Hikes

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today newsletter, Aug. 13: Eli Lilly has chosen not to follow a California law that took effect in January requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose as well as justify planned price increases for prescription drugs. Eli Lilly has informed customers it will not issue such notices until an industry lawsuit challenging the law's legitimacy is resolved. Under California law, drug makers must notify insurers and some state agencies of any price increase that exceeds 16% over 2 years on medications with a wholesale cost exceeding $40 for a course of therapy. However, drug makers are not penalized if their prices are deemed too high.

Consumer advocates have been critical of Eli Lilly's decision to significantly raise prices on its human insulin products. Many patients are using less insulin than prescribed, putting their health at-risk, a study from Yale University concluded.

ASHP Awards and Honors

The ASHP Awards Program is designed to publicly recognize and express gratitude to those who have made important contributions to advance pharmacy practice in acute and ambulatory care settings. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2018. Get more information and make a nomination.