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October 5, 2018
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MPhA’s ALNE 2018 Brings Together Pharmacy, Public Health for Collaboration on Population Health

More than 250 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, expert speakers and industry partners gathered to network, learn and share at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park yesterday, continuing through today, for our Annual Learning Networking Event. All of our programming is aimed at living our mission of advancing patient care.

ALNE attendees gathered over lunch to discuss topics and build camaraderie

As always, our Roundtable sessions were very popular. Thanks to all those who facilitated the Roundtables — and to our keynote and session presenters!

Precepting Roundtable Medical Cannabis Roundtable New Drug Update Roundtable

We are proud to present the winners of MPhA’s Awards (below). Left to right: Generation Rx co-winner Emily Ming, Bowl of Hygeia recipient Laura Schwartzwald, Generation Rx co-winner Emily Evan, Distinguished Young Pharmacist Caitlin Frail, Harold R. Popp Award recipient Jill Strykowski, and Outstanding Pharmacy Technician Award winner Vanessa Nei. Alison Knutson, who was not able to attend ALNE, received the Excellence in Innovation Award. Congratulations to all!

2018 MPhA Award Winners

Visit the MPhA Facebook page to see videos of Laura Schwartzwald and Jill Strykowski accepting their awards — plus many more photos.

We couldn’t bring this excellent event to our members without the support of our sponsors and exhibitors. Please join us in thanking them!

Watch for a full report on ALNE 2018 in the Fall issue of the Minnesota Pharmacist.

Mission Moments:

MPhA Member Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today E-newsletter, Oct. 1: MPhA member Karen Bastianelli, associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Duluth, was interviewed for an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Sept. 26. Bastianelli discusses the main disposal options for unwanted or outdated prescription drugs, saying the most effective is medication take-back events. Read the full article.

Allina Health Pharmacy Volunteers Pack Opioid Overdose Kits

Volunteers from Allina Health Pharmacy took time last week to help fight the opioid addiction epidemic by packing Narcan kits. It’s part of an annual community service event for leaders at Allina Health Pharmacy. The event garnered coverage from both KSTP-TV and the Star Tribune.

Pharmacists Pack Narcan:  Star Tribune photos

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

Opioid Epidemic Response: Employer Toolkit

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Business Partnership have developed a toolkit for employers, recognizing that substance abuse and substance use disorder affects employees, workplaces, families and communities. When employers respond to the opioid epidemic, it benefits employees and the people who surround them. Learn more.

Celebrate Pharmacy Week with GRAPh

October 24 • Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids

Come celebrate Pharmacy Week with your friends and colleagues from the Grand Rapids Area Pharmacists! No presentation or CE credits — just the opportunity to mix, mingle and share your ideas for future GRAPh events. The event will be held at Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids, Minn., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, starting at 6 p.m. and concluding by 8 p.m. This is a non-sponsored event, so each member is responsible for the cost of drinks and dinner. Questions? Email Sara Elioff, PharmD, RPh.

MPhA Events

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.

2018 OSHA Update: MPhA Partners to Provide Live Webinars to Meet Required Annual Training

October 18, 29, 30 • Online Webinars

If you are a pharmacist providing immunizations or CLIA-waived testing services, or a pharmacy technician or other health care professional assisting with these services, you must have live Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) training on bloodborne pathogens every year or face fines of up to $90,000 — that is confirmed with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

In many cases, your employer may offer training to you. If your employer does not offer training, or if you are an employer looking for training options, the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) has partnered with the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF) to offer a webinar for $40 (for MPhA members only) that meets all of OSHA's training requirements, including the live component. In partnership with the Tennessee Pharmacists Consortium for Education (TPCE), this webinar will provide attendees with one (1.0) hour of live ACPE Continuing Education.

Webinar schedule:

Thursday, October 18, 4 p.m. CDT
Monday, October 29, Noon CDT
Tuesday, October 30, 6 p.m. CDT

To receive the $40 member rate, MPhA members must register as a non-member and enter promo code “FALL18” at checkout. Each attendee must register for the program through the online registration process that you will receive in your confirmation email after payment. For more information please visit the website or contact Julie Schuffman at

Apply Now: Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum

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

Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum 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 are due October 18, 2018.

National News

Sales of JUUL E-cigarettes Skyrocket, Posing Danger to Youth

From a CDC news release, Oct. 2: Sales of JUUL, an e-cigarette shaped like a USB flash drive, grew more than seven-fold from 2016 to 2017, and held the greatest share of the U.S. e-cigarette market by December 2017. The findings, from an analysis of retail sales data from 2013-2017, were released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in JAMA.

Use of JUUL by youth in schools, including in classrooms and bathrooms, has been widely reported. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and JUUL contains among the highest nicotine content of any e-cigarette on the U.S. market. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm a child’s brain development, which continues into the mid-20s.

“The popularity of JUUL among kids threatens our progress in reducing youth e-cigarette use,” said Robert Redfield, MD, director of CDC. “We are alarmed that these new high nicotine content e-cigarettes, marketed and sold in kid-friendly flavors, are so appealing to our nation’s young people.” Read the full news release.

NCPA Urges DIR Fee Elimination at White House Meeting

From NCPA’s aAM e-newsletter, Sept. 27: Representatives from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) met at the White House last week with Trump Administration advisors from the Domestic Policy Council to urge elimination of pharmacy DIR fees as a part of the president's drug pricing strategy. It was NCPA's highest-level meeting yet on the issue.

Pharmacy owner and NCPA member Rob Frankil of Sellersville, Pa., and NCPA Advocacy Center staffers Karry La Violette and Ronna Hauser attended the meeting. They stressed that DIR fees are the most pressing issue facing community pharmacists and urged the administration to address remedies in its drug pricing blueprint. They also discussed a proposed Part D rule for 2020, which is currently awaiting clearance by the Office of Management and Budget.

NCPA Staff at White House