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November 9, 2018
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College of Pharmacy Alumna Chosen for 2019 Remington Medal

Lucinda Maine, PhD, FAPhA, is the recipient of the 2019 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Maine, who is an alumna of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, was recognized for her decades of excellence as a leader on the national and global levels, as a role model and mentor, and in providing a strategic approach to fulfill a vision for pharmacy and pharmacy education that has meant better patient care and better health for the world.

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

Minnesota Election Update

From Capitol Hill Strategies, Nov. 7: As we move toward the 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature, the pharmacy advocacy community will work with some new faces in positions of power. The DFL entered the 2018 elections needing to win 12 seats to take control of the House; it appears that the House DFL has taken 18 seats. The results increase their membership from 57 to 75 members and leave the GOP with 59 members heading into the 2019 Legislative Session.

Notable Republican legislators defeated include powerful House Chairs Jenifer Loon, Sarah Anderson and Jim Knoblauch, along with Assistant Majority Leader Roz Peterson. Other members defeated include Kelly Fenton, Dennis Smith, Cindy Pugh and Kathy Lohmer. A number of outcomes are within the margin needed for an automatic recount. Rep. Melissa Hortman was chosen as Speaker of the House on Nov. 8; the House DFL Caucus chose Rep. Ryan Winkler as the new House Majority Leaders and Rep. Liz Olson as Majority Whip. The House Republicans are expected to elect a Minority Leader today (Nov. 9).

The Minnesota Senate retains a 34-33 Republican majority, thanks to a special election win by Jeff Howe.

Legislators will work with another DFL governor, as Tim Walz won his race.

Minnesota’s delegation to the U.S. Congress will also change. Third District Rep. Erik Paulsen, who championed several bills of interest to pharmacy, was defeated by Dean Phillips. Other new faces include Jim Hagedorn in the First District, Angie Craig in the Second District, Ilhan Omar in the Fifth District and Pete Stauber in the Eighth District. Seventh District Rep. Collin Peterson, who has supported many pharmacy-related bills, will be back for another term.

Minnesota e-Health Initiative Inaugural Meeting

The Minnesota e-Health Initiative is reconvening the e-Prescribing workgroup. The workgroup will focus on two key issues: Increasing adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substance by Minnesota’s prescribers; and developing stakeholder consensus on addressing barriers to full implementation of the NCPDP SCRIPT standard and e-prescribing processes. The workgroup is being co-chaired by Steve Simenson (Goodrich Pharmacy) and Lee Mork (Allina).

The inaugural meeting will be held at Sterling Pharmacy in Eagan, from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Get more information here.

Meeting materials will be posted in advance. These workgroup meetings are open to the public.

Thrifty White Hosts Tour to Talk about DIR Fees

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, Nov. 2: The NACDS RxIMPACT grassroots advocacy program gave lawmakers on recess an opportunity to discuss with pharmacists the critical repercussions caused by pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees. House Ways & Means Committee Member Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) had a meeting and tour of the Thrifty White headquarters in Plymouth, MN, with the pharmacy team and NACDS Past Chairman Bob Narveson, president and chief executive officer of Thrifty White Pharmacy.

The pharmacy team discussed DIR fees and provider status legislation. Earlier this year, Rep. Guthrie was part of an NACDS RxIMPACT campaign urging HHS Secretary Alex Azar to move forward with a proposal to respond to rising drug prices by addressing DIR fees in the Medicare Part D program.

In Memory: Roland O. “Rolly” Leuzinger

Roland LeuzingerMPhA Past President Roland O. Leuzinger has passed away at the age of 85. Rolly, who served as president in 1977-1978, was a recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 1978 and the Harold R. Popp Award in 1983. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia. Get full details.

MPhA Events

MPhA Brainerd Town Hall: The Need for Effective and Efficient Diabetes Management across the Health Care Continuum

Tuesday, November 13, 5:30-8:15 p.m. • Grand View Lodge, Nisswa

Come for food and fellowship with your interprofessional colleagues as MPhA and NovoNordisk host an event celebrating American Diabetes Month in Nisswa! We’ll have a social hour followed by an interactive program from Dr. Eric Johnson, an Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Education Resources. Then, MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig and MPhA Member Laura Schwartzwald will provide news about pharmacy advocacy in Minnesota, plus a Q&A during our town hall segment. Don’t miss it!

Register Online

MPhA/NCPA Networking Event in Minneapolis

Thursday, November 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m. • Applebee's, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis (on the UMN Campus)

Pharmacists in any setting, new practitioners, residents and student pharmacists are encouraged to attend this event. It’s designed to allow students and pharmacists to network and get to know one another in a relaxed setting while learning about what NCPA and MPhA have to offer in the coming year. There is no cost to attend, and free appetizers will be available. RSVP at by November 10.

Then, ride the Green Line or drive just a little more than a mile to help us celebrate American Diabetes Month! (See details below.)

Celebrate American Diabetes Month in St. Paul with Interprofessional Colleagues from AADE and MPhA

Thursday, November 15, 5-7:30 p.m. • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

For the third year, MPhA is partnering with the American Association of Diabetes Educators for an evening of networking, food and fellowship at the Ewald Conference Center beginning with dinner and social hour followed by a very timely program presented by dynamic speaker David Tridgell, MD, an adult endocrinologist with Park Nicollet. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to mix and mingle and share with your colleagues at this annual complimentary event.

Topic: The Rising Cost of Insulin — Poster Child for a Dysfunctional System
Location: Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul, MN 55114

Registration is open now!

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

Friday, November 16, 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 November 2 for this program!

Register Online

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.

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: The MedEdgeRx MTM Network, Supporting High Quality Patient Care

November 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Online Webinar

In this session, you will learn about the background and opportunities provided by the MedEdgeRx™ (formerly UPlan) MTM Network. Our speaker will describe the values of patient care and the pharmacist’s role as a member of the evolving health care team. Learn how you can become involved!

Register Online

Our speaker is Gary Schneider, BPharm, RPh, Director of the MedEdgeRx (formerly UPlan) Medication Therapy Management Network at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. The network is comprised of approximately 300 MTM pharmacists located in community, chain, hospital and institutional pharmacies around the state. The credentialed pharmacists provide medication management services to high-utilization, high-cost patients. The network’s goal is to optimize medication use and to prevent drug-related problems which lead to higher medical expenses tied to excessive doctor visits, ER visits, hospitalizations and re-admissions. It also strives to provide enhanced patient care and improved quality of life through pharmacy’s active involvement on the health care team.

MPhA pharmacist members, pharmacy technician members and student members may attend our Virtual Coffee Breaks at no cost. The cost is $25 for non-members.

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

November 27 & 29 • 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:
Tuesday, November 27, Noon CST
Thursday, November 29, 6 p.m. CST

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 or contact Julie Schuffman at

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

December 13, 2018

MPhA/GRAPh Town Hall
Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids

February 5, 2019

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

May 6-9, 2019

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation Conference

June 12, 2019

MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting
Midland Hills Country Club, St. Paul

National News

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Nets More than 900,000 Pounds

From DEA News Release, Nov. 2: The most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27 collected more than 900,000 pounds of medications at nearly 6,000 sites across the U.S. During 16 take back events, the DEA and its law enforcement partners have now collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions.

Free Webinar: Collaborative Practice Agreements

In 2015, cardiovascular disease alone contributed to one in three deaths in the United States. A team-based, patient-centered approach to care results in personalized, timely, and empowered patient care as well as facilitates communication and coordination among team members. Pharmacists, with their expert knowledge and training in medication management as well as their high accessibility to the public, are well positioned to assist the health care team in the treatment and management of chronic disease. Learn how you can improve patient outcomes by developing a collaborative practice agreement, including sample language, practical considerations, and more with the CDC’s newest continuing education course: Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Agreements: Who, What, Why, & How. Learn More.

Nearly 50% of Consumers Have Abandoned a Prescription at the Pharmacy Due to Cost

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, Oct. 31: Nearly half of consumers have abandoned a medication prescribed by their physician because it was too expensive, according to a survey released by DrFirst, a provider of e-prescribing and patient medications management solutions. The nationwide survey found that 73% of consumers would change pharmacies if they knew that doing so would save them money on a prescription. According to the findings, as little as $10 in savings would motivate 38% of respondents to switch pharmacies. Read the full article.