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Small Doses

September 14, 2018
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Mission Moments:

MPhA Members Assist at Mission of Mercy Event

Many thanks to all the pharmacists who volunteered at the annual Mission of Mercy event, sponsored by the Minnesota Dental Association September 7-8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Pharmacists filled more than 350 prescriptions over the two-day event.

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UMN Pharmacy Team Advances in Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy team in the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge! The team has made it to the top 16 teams. The quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds will be held live at the ACCP Global Conference in Seattle, Washington, October 20-23, 2018.

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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.

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Minnesota News

Pharmacists: Attend MDH Rural Health Listening Sessions

From MDH email, Sept. 11: The purpose for the Minnesota Department of Health’s upcoming October rural health listening sessions—in Alexandria, Bemidji, Chisholm, Marshall and Waseca—is to gather information to inform MDH’s Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and other state Office of Rural Health and Primary Care projects. The Flex Program was created to improve access and quality, and focuses on Minnesota's Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) as the hub of rural systems of care.

The target audience for these rural health listening sessions is anyone who works in, works with or uses rural health care. If you would like to attend or get more information, please contact: Emma Distel at 651-201-3528.

MDH Wins AIRA Centers of Excellence Award

From AIRA website, accessed Sept. 11: The Minnesota Department of Health has been honored with the first place Centers of Excellence Award from the American Immunization Registry Association for actively implementing strategies in support of the activities and goals of its immunization program. Three programs received honorable mentions this year: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, North Dakota Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Health. This is the first time MDH has won the award since the award’s inception in 2004.

MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Just 2 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

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

October 4-5, 2018 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park • Register Now for Early-bird Discount!

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Claim your discount! Monday, September 17, is the deadline for early registration rates at ALNE. Today is the deadline to reserve your hotel room at our special rate. 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. Attendance is trending above our great numbers from last year!

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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, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Celebrate 125 Years of Excellence!

Be sure to stay for more fun after the official close of ALNE! The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is celebrating 125 years of providing excellent education to pharmacists from across Minnesota and around the globe. The “Big Bash” begins with a social at 4:30 p.m. and a program at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by October 1.

Are You Missing Patient Care Revenue Opportunities? Join Us for APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services and Expand Your Practice

Friday, October 12, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • St. Paul
This program approved by Minnesota Medicaid

The Minnesota MedEdgeRx Network and Minnesota Medicaid provide reimbursement for important medication management services (MTM) for patients. Yet, many more opportunities exist than there are certified pharmacist providers to conduct the services. Are you leaving patient care and revenue opportunities on the table? Register by September 28 for this program!

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Then, sign up and become a certified MTM provider! This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for MTM services. The MTM Certificate training program (3rd Edition) presents a systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining MTM services. It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully, and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice settings.


  • Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy
  • Michelle A. Johnson, BCACP, Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online evaluation; and post-seminar case exercise. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Sunday, October 14, 2018 • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

You will get the comprehensive knowledge, skills and resources needed to provide immunization services to patients across the lifespan by attending this certificate training program, which is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Register by September 28 for this full-day program with presenters John Creasy, Laurie Deegan and Melanie Schwartz, all of Fairview Pharmacy Services.

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Register Now: MPhA/Southeast Minnesota Area Pharmacists Night Spectacular

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • Apache Hotel, Rochester

Southeast Minnesota Area Pharmacists District Chair Sherwood Peterson, Jr., has organized a spectacular pharmacist night and invites you to join him and a stellar lineup for a very special evening as fellow pharmacists from the 11 counties of the Southeast Minnesota Area District of MPhA gather and welcome current President Jason Varin, U of MN College of Pharmacy Dean Lynda Welage, MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig to Rochester on Tuesday evening, October 16, at the Apache Hotel (formerly the Kahler Apache Hotel) with food provided by The Canadian Honker.

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Our meal is provided once again through the gracious support of Pharmaceutical Specialties of Rochester, makers of Vanicream and numerous other sensitive skin products. (

Our keynote speaker is world-renowned oncologist, palliative care specialist and author Dr. Edward T. Creagan of the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Dr. Creagan's special dynamic presentation for this evening, "Grit: Rx for Personal and Professional Survival; Proven Survival Tips to Go the Distance," will not only educate but entertain those in attendance.

Dr. Creagan is the author of over 400 scientific papers and has given more than 1,000 presentations throughout the world. Dr. Creagan has authored 2 books: How NOT to Be My Patient and his recently released title Farewell, which delivers vital end-of-life questions with candid answers from 40,000 conversations with terminally ill patients.

The evening will conclude with remarks from MPhA President Jason Varin and University of Minnesota COP Dean Lynda Welage with time for some Q & A from audience members.

Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum

January 2-4, 2019 • Deep Portage Conference Center, Hackensack, MN

In partnership with MPhA, this unique pharmaceutical care all-teach, all-learn conference will return in 2019! Space is limited to 70 participants. Applications are due by October 18, 2018. Get more information and make your application now at

National News

CDC Urges Travelers to Get Flu Vaccine

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, Sept. 10: With reports in the news about airline passengers with influenza, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding people of its recommendation that everyone age 6 months and older receive a seasonal flu vaccine, preferably by the end of October.

CDC cautioned people who have symptoms of influenza—such as fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches—to "stay home, don't travel, and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care." Individuals with symptoms of influenza and are in a high-risk group—such as older adults, young children, and pregnant women—or who are very sick or worried about their illness, should contact their health care provider. CDC also recommends that when talking to your health care provider about upcoming travel, patients should ask about routine vaccines that are right for them and also make sure they and their family are current on all routine vaccinations before traveling.

New Bill Would Allow Pharmacists to Help Customers Save Money

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, Sept. 10: New legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would enable pharmacists to discuss upfront with Medicare customers the least expensive way to afford prescription drugs. The Senate passed the bill—which bars PBMs from writing rules into contracts with pharmacists that keep them from telling patients that some drugs may cost less if paid for in cash than the copay—with a unanimous vote on Sept. 4. The measure is now being considered in the House.

Sen. Stabenow, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), could also see action soon on legislation that would prohibit the practice of writing gag orders into pharmacists' contracts for patients with employer-sponsored, private or insurance sold on state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) won subcommittee approval for a companion measure in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 7. Stabenow noted that the bills had to be split up in the Senate because different committees handle different kinds of insurers.

October Is National Pharmacists Month: How Will You Participate?

APHMFrom an American Pharmacists Association email: October is American Pharmacists Month and APhA is getting excited to lead our community of pharmacists, student pharmacists, technicians, educators, and industry partners in informing patients and caregivers of unique opportunities to access pharmacists’ services. Our expertise, though underutilized, can positively impact the lives of patients in many ways.

This October, APhA hopes to exceed past campaign successes. We want to renew the public perception of pharmacists to one that positively and accurately represents all that we can contribute as providers. We will introduce a new, refreshed campaign image and messaging for American Pharmacists Month that recognizes the vital role we all play in health and wellness.

Next week, APhA plans to launch a website that describes the details of our campaign and how you can participate. We will provide easy-to-access media kits for social sharing, downloadable graphics and store assets that can be printed locally for your pharmacy, and American Pharmacists Month buttons that you can order for free—compliments of APhA. The campaign is designed for simplicity and impact, and we hope you will be part of the plan.