MPhA News

Small Doses

August 31, 2018
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Mission Moment:

MPhA Members Help Create Free Resource on Preventing Opioid Overdoses

Naloxone: A critial Tool to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH, MAT, and Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, were among those involved in developing a continuing education course designed to help pharmacists and other providers learn more about factors that increase an individuals' risk of opioid overdose, identify signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, and understand the pros and cons of different naloxone formulations. Watch for more information in the Summer issue of the Minnesota Pharmacist journal.

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.

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.

Happy Labor Day from MPhA!

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association wishes all of our members a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. In observance of the holiday, the MPhA offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3.

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance: New Name for Pharmacy Advocacy

The Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force (PATF) has officially changed its name to the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance (MnPA). The change is effective immediately. MnPA will continue the work of advocating for pharmacy, primarily at the state level. Watch for a survey that will be sent to all Minnesota registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in early September. The Alliance will also provide regular updates about its activities in this newsletter and in the Minnesota Pharmacist.

Last Call! 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

MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Just 4 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, 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?

“I attend for the networking to see old friends and make new connections. I also really enjoy the strong clinical programming, and hearing the about the innovations and expertise my colleagues share when they are presenting.”
–– Michelle Johnson, PharmD, BCACP, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Sponsorship opportunities are going fast — only a handful of spaces remain! Learn more about sponsorship and check out our current sponsors and exhibitors.

Managed Care Academy CE Breakfast

September 12, 2018 • Ryan’s Café & Café Fusion, Bloomington

Prime CE (not affiliated with Prime Therapeutics) and the Minnesota Chapter of AMCP will offer a free CE with free breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The topic is Implications in Persistent Asthma: Navigating New Evidence, Comorbidities and Patient Factors, and the speaker will be Allen P. Baptist, MD, MPH, Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Asthma Management Program. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 9 a.m. The program will be held at Ryan’s Café & Café Fusion, 8400 Normandale Lake Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437. For additional information and/or to register, please contact Charalette Mathwig.

Save the Date: MPhA/Southeast Minnesota Pharmacists Town Hall

October 16, 2018 • Rochester Location TBA

Pharmacists from the 11 counties of the Southeast District of MPhA will gather in Rochester on Tuesday, Oct. 16, for an evening of networking and sharing of ideas. Watch for more information and registration soon!

National News

NACDS Makes Case for Pharmacy to Health Care Caucus

From Chain Drug News newsletter, Aug. 23: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has sent a letter to the bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus urging it to look to pharmacy as it explores innovative approaches to improve health care quality. The group called on the Caucus to support new quality-based payment models that would encourage the inclusion of community pharmacy in the health care continuum and support for recognizing pharmacists as providers, especially in medically underserved areas. The letter said, "lack of remuneration imposes a major barrier for pharmacist participation in innovative models of care and needlessly limits the number and types of care services pharmacists provide."

NACDS said it supports the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Enhancement Act, which would recognize pharmacists as providers in medically underserved communities and lead to better access to services for patients in those communities. It also referenced research that points to pharmacy's value and the proven results of pharmacists' positive effect on quality of care and reduced overall costs. Read the full article.

Living with Diabetes: Why Vaccinations Are so Important

During National Immunization Awareness Month, it’s a great time to remind your patients with diabetes about the importance of vaccination. Diabetes can make it harder for the immune system to fight some infections, so those living with diabetes may be at higher risk of getting certain diseases. Get more information.

Influenza Virus Vaccine for the 2018-2019 Season

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has provided information about flu vaccine lots that have been released by FDA and are available for distribution by the manufacturers. For information on flu vaccine distribution schedules, please contact the manufacturers directly. Get more information.