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December 7, 2018
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Mission Moment:

MPhA Member Elected AAAS Fellow

MPhA member Natalia Tretyakova, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, and recognizes efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Tretyakova was elected in the Section on Pharmaceutical Sciences for distinguished contributions to the field of chemical carcinogenesis and chemical biology.

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MPhA Events

Coming Next Week: MPhA/GRAPh Town Hall

Thursday, December 13 • Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids

Come join your colleagues in Northern Minnesota for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! GRAPh’s hosts are MPhA members Heather Bibeau and Sara Elioff of Bigfork Valley Hospital & Clinics. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors and other health professionals while sharing fellowship before the dinner program.

We have joined with Novo Nordisk and you’ll have a 2-for-1! You’ll hear Dr. Eric Johnson, Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, discuss the need for effective and efficient diabetes management across the health care continuum. Then MPhA President Jason Varin will provide an update on Minnesota Pharmacy’s advocacy efforts in 2018-2019 and lead a Town Hall. You can also share your thoughts and ideas for both future GRAPh and MPhA events. We look forward to seeing you there!

The event is complimentary for MPhA members (pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists); non-members pay just $25.

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MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Non-Discrimination — Are You in Compliance?

December 19 • Online Webinar

Discrimination is a hot topic! Are you compliant? If you receive any payments from government programs for goods or services, then Section 1557 applies to you. In addition to prohibiting discrimination, it gives patients who have experienced discrimination the right to civil litigation. This program will cover the background and key provisions of 1557, including examples of discrimination, and provide information and tools that you can use for staff training and to ensure compliance.

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About Our Presenter:

Denise Frank has 30+ years of experience as a pharmacist. Currently she is an independent consultant at Frank Consulting, LLC, and a Senior Associate with Gates Healthcare Associates, Inc., in the areas of pharmacy practice, technician training, compounding, pharmacy and wholesaler accreditations, and operational and regulatory compliance. She is also the Program Director for an ASHP/ACPE accredited online technician training program for CareerStep, and a certified consultant for ACHC. She is a former member of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

Previously serving as a surveyor and then the Accreditation and Inspection Services Manager for NABP, her responsibilities included development and maintenance of accreditation and inspection programs, and supervising NABP inspectors. Prior to this, she was an independent pharmacy owner, worked for a health system, and was a pharmacy manager and district manager for a pharmacy chain. Denise is an active member of several national and state pharmacy organizations, and with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy serving as a mentor and a pharmacy alumni board member.

Register Now: 2019 Midwest Pharmacy Expo

February 8-10, 2019 • Hilton Des Moines Downtown, Des Moines, IA

Join pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists from across the Midwest on February 8-10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa, for the region’s premier live continuing pharmacy education event. This year’s Expo features an agenda packed with timely and import CPE topics, plus a few new wrinkles. MPhA members receive member rates at this event!

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16.75 hrs CPE available for pharmacists with topics covering USP 800, point of care testing, cardiology, and professional burnout, plus Friday's Clinically Intensive Workshops. Details

10.25 hrs CPE available for pharmacy technicians with all available sessions fully integrated with pharmacists with topics include USP 800, professional burnout, medical cannabidiol, and more! Details

Keynoting Expo will be Paul Radde, PhD, who will present “Re-igniting from Professional Burnout: Assess, Prevent and Reverse the Syndrome” to help pharmacy professionals address burnout in their lives.


Connect with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from across nine Midwestern states, plus hear from experts from across the country!

Be Inspired

Come for the education, connections, and ideas, and return to your practice recharged and reinvigorated!
See the full Expo agenda and register at

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

February 5, 2019

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul. Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Roz Peterson

April 4

MSHP/MPhA Joint CE Town Hall
St. Cloud Area

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

Minnesota News

MDH Study Shows Young Adults with Diabetes Struggle with High Blood Sugar more often

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today newsletter, Dec. 3: Adults aged 18–44 years with diabetes were found to be more prone to having high blood sugar levels and being hospitalized compared with older adults who have the disease, according to a new study by the Minnesota Department of Health. The study found that only 4 out of 10 younger adults on average met their blood sugar targets, compared with nearly 8 in 10 older adults with diabetes. Adults younger than age 45 years were hospitalized as a result of uncontrolled blood sugar levels 3 to 5 times more often.

The study included both people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The lead researcher, Renee Kidney, MPH, PhD, says more research is needed to learn what factors may be keeping younger adults from seeking care. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the finding show Minnesota needs to tailor its outreach and care to the needs of younger adults with diabetes.

National News

Bipartisan Drug Pricing Bill Introduced

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today newsletter, Dec. 5: A bill introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) attempts to crack down on any efforts by drug companies to overcharge taxpayers for Medicaid rebates. The bill would give HHS new authority to reclassify a drug and recoup rebates when a manufacturer deliberately misclassifies a drug in order to pay lower rebates. The lawmakers specifically mentioned Mylan, which paid $465 million to settle a lawsuit with the Justice Department in 2016.

Coalition Proposes Ways to Combat Drug Shortages

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today newsletter, Dec. 5: A coalition of health care groups (including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) is calling on the federal government to take steps to address the ongoing shortages of critical medications across the country. The coalition's 19 proposals were issued the day before a public meeting held by FDA and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy that was designed to get stakeholder input on the root causes of drug shortages and what to do about them. The coalition recommends strategies that would allow health care providers to prepare for an imminent shortage of certain drugs. The group wants FDA to share information on the type of products that may be impacted during a public health emergency and the expected duration of the impact on the drug supply chain.

Pharmacy Technician Day Breaks Records

From Pharmacy Technician Certification Board email, Dec. 4: Recognition of Tech Day has grown and this year was expanded to countries across the world. In honor of the day on October 16, the pharmacy technician community participated in multiple ways, drawing record numbers of technicians into the international conversation. Technicians participated in various activities, including the #RxTechDay chat throughout the day, sharing photos via the Facebook event, downloading graphics and badges to wear and display, and adding a Technician Day frame to their Facebook profile. PTCB appreciates the commitment of so many pharmacy technicians who are dedicated to their work and their patients.

APhA Immunization Champion Awards Deadline Extended

From APhA’s email, Dec. 6: The submission deadline for the APhA Immunization Champion Awards has been extended to December 17, 2018! The awards recognize individuals and organizations within the profession of pharmacy who have made extraordinary contributions towards improved vaccination rates within their communities.


Self-nominations and nominations by others are both welcome. Submit your nomination by 11:59 p.m. PST on December 17, 2018, for candidates in one of the following award categories:

  • Community Outreach
  • Corporation/Institution
  • Friend of Pharmacy
  • Individual Practitioners
  • Pharmacy Team Member
  • NEW Category - Travel Health


Awards will be presented at an awards celebration during the 2019 APhA Annual Meeting, March 22–25, 2019, in Seattle.