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September 28, 2018
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Mission Moments:

MPhA President Varin Speaks about EpiPen Shortage on MPR

There's been a widespread shortage of EpiPens and comparable generic devices that deliver medication to tame allergic reactions. Minnesota Public Radio published a report on the topic on Sept. 27; MPhA President Jason Varin was interviewed as part of the report. In addition to the comments that appeared online, Jason also stated to the reporter, “The pharmacy that already cares for you and your family should be willing to call other local pharmacies to help you.” Read or listen to the full article.

MPhA Members Appear in UMN Video about Pharmacists’ Care

Sarah Westberg and patient

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has created a short video that shows how pharmacists are critical members of patient care teams. Several patients talk about how pharmacists (including MPhA Board Member Sarah Westberg and member Marjan Khazaeli) have made a positive difference for them.

Laura Palombi Named to Duluth Newspaper’s 20 under 40

The Duluth News Tribune has named MPhA Member Laura Palombi one of the newspaper’s 20 people under 40 award winners for 2018. Among her responses to questions, Laura said, “In five years, I hope to be working with community members to implement programming that reduces stigma toward substance use disorders and increases community support for individuals in recovery and their families. I hope that we will find ways to make substance use a less-appealing option for youth and adults alike by leveraging the strengths of our Minnesota communities.” Watch a video and read the full interview.

Are You Ready to Live a Mission Moment?

MPhA ALNE logo

Come network, learn and share with colleagues to advance patient care at our Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium, “Partnering for Population Health.” It’s next week and it’s the biggest Minnesota pharmacy event of the year!

Why Attend ALNE?
“I was able to explore two collaboration partnerships with two different organizations after attending last year's ALNE. I am looking forward to meeting professionals from the public health sector at this year's ALNE and see what other collaboration opportunities may arise!.”
—Sarah Shore Anderson, MTM Clinical Pharmacist, RedBrick Health

Celebrating 125 Yeras of ExcellenceCelebrate 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.

MPhA Rural Members: We Need You for a Board Vacancy

The MPhA Board of Directors has an immediate opening for a member to serve as a Rural Pharmacist on the Board. The term will run from the date of approval by the Board through June 2020. The MPhA Board meets on a monthly basis with alternating 3-hour in-person meetings and 1-hour conference call meetings.

Board members are expected to bring issues to the board meetings on behalf of their constituency. Board members play an important role as liaisons to committees and participate in welcoming new pharmacists to the profession. To learn more about the board of directors and MPhA, contact Nominate yourself or another MPhA Rural Member now.

MPhA Member Benefit: Opioid Toolkit

To help our members in their work to combat opioid addiction, MPhA has created a page on our website devoted to bringing you resources on opioids, including Safe Prescribing, Naloxone, Disposal and Other Resources. Check it out today!

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.

MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Just 2 Days 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

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 this Sunday, October 1 and get certified!

Register Online

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

Today is the last day to register! 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.

Register Online

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.

Register Online

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.

Apply Now: Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum

Creative Advocacy: Spreading the Fire • January 2-4, 2019 • Deep Portage Conference Center, Hackensack, MN

The purpose of the Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is to illuminate issues related to the practice of pharmaceutical care, foster collegiality among students, faculty and practitioners and to invigorate the pharmaceutical care practice as the cornerstone of pharmacy.

The goal of this year’s conference is to tap into our creativity to build effective
advocacy for Comprehensive Medication Management services
with stakeholders including patients, health care team members,
pharmacists, administrators, educators, and policy makers.

The 2019 Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is brought to you by a group of Minnesota pharmaceutical care practitioners in partnership with the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.

Please visit for more information and the conference application. Applications due October 18, 2018.

National News

Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act Goes to President

Americans overspend by an estimated $135 million on prescriptions through their insurance, in cases when those same prescriptions would cost less out of pocket. Yet, pharmacists are often under gag orders that prevent them from telling customers about the discrepancy. If President Trump signs the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act now that it has been approved by both the U.S.nSenate and House of Representatives, that will change. Both Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith signed on as co-sponsors for the bill.

October Is National Pharmacists Month: How Will You Participate?


From an American Pharmacists Association email: October is American Pharmacists Month. Throughout the month, APhA and its partners and advocates will help bring awareness to the many ways pharmacists provide care.

Submit Your Research Project/Study Idea to PQA

From PQA Email, Sept. 18: Interested in collaborating with PQA on a research project/study? Do you have an idea you would like to share with PQA for consideration? Complete the submission form by 4:00 p.m. CDT on October 31, 2018 for consideration by the PQA Research Coordinating Committee (RCC). PQA's RCC meets quarterly to review and prioritize submitted projects for subsequent partnership/collaboration. The RCC will use PQA’s Research Prioritization Framework to help inform its decision.