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December 14, 2018
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Mission Moments:

Caroline Gaither Announced as Candidate for APhA Board

Caroline GaitherMPhA member Caroline Gaither, PhD, FAPhA, senior associate dean for Professional Education and professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, has been nominated as a candidate for the American Pharmacists Association Board of Trustees. Ballots will be emailed on March 22, and voting will conclude on May 13.

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MPhA Member Ann Philbrick Quoted in Duluth Newspaper

MPhA member Ann Philbrick, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, was quoted in the Duluth News Tribune last week regarding the new shingles vaccine. She encourages people (particularly those over age 50 who have had chicken pox) to get the vaccine. “I definitely think it’s a better vaccine,” she said. “It’s more effective, and it appears that it’s going to last longer.”

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MPhA Events

Coming Next Week! 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.

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Pharmacists’ Role in Public Health — Battling STIs

January 16, 2019 • Online Webinar

In this multidisciplinary, collaborative presentation, we will discuss Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) and its use as a public health tool in fighting bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates. EPT is recommended by the CDC and is allowed by the state of Minnesota. We will discuss successes and opportunities for pharmacy and pharmacists to support this proven intervention.

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Our speakers will be Daniel Jude, PharmD, clinical pharmacy specialist with TrellisRx, and Candy Hadsall, RN, MA, with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Registration Fees

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

Registration Opening Soon! 2019 Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day

February 5, 2019 • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

Are you ready to make a difference to advocate for your professional interests and for pharmacy’s interests to advance patient care? Come to Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day and learn how! Even if you have never talked with, called or written your legislators before, this event will give you the tools you need to do so!

Friend of Pharmacy Rep. Roz Peterson (R-56B) will open the day with insights from her decade serving as a legislator and interacting with colleagues as she moved pharmacy and other issues forward. Roz will provide a view from the inside of the Capitol and share tips for how to engage with your legislator for the maximum impact. We’ll celebrate her achievements as she is bestowed with the Friend of Pharmacy Award from the Minnesota pharmacy and retailer community.

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is the one annual event that represents the voice of all pharmacy settings in Minnesota for legislators, the governor and other policy makers! It is your opportunity to learn about the issues, gain the tools you need to advocate, and network with colleagues and the policymakers who will be supporting pharmacy’s issues. The day will feature a morning session, afternoon at the Capitol and an evening networking reception and program, complete with meals throughout the day and more than 5 hours of continuing education! This year we are back on the Capitol grounds at the Best Western Capitol Ridge with complimentary parking and within an easy walk of all your meetings.

The Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance, MPhA, MSHP, the Minnesota Retailers Association and the Minnesota Grocers Association look forward to seeing you there!

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

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

Soaring Insulin Prices Cause Lawmakers to Draft Remedies

From Star Tribune, Dec. 12: A bipartisan group of Minnesota legislators is considering regulations to rein in the soaring cost of insulin. With more than 460,000 diabetics in Minnesota, legislators say they are hearing many complaints from frustrated and worried constituents. A vial of insulin can cost between $300 and $400, and the more convenient insulin pens can cost nearly $700 for a box of five, with some patients using one box every week. But many pay different prices based on their insurance coverage, as well as co-payments and deductibles.

Several states have considered bills that would require pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent about prices, including requiring them to justify higher prices. Another option being considered is the institution of drug prices. Last session, Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska, who is a doctor) introduced a bill that would have created a drug cost review commission with the power to review drug price increases and set lower prices. However, the bill did not get a committee hearing.

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Minnesota Faces Challenge in Halting Spread of C. diff

From Minnesota Public Radio, Nov. 26: For years, a bacteria known as Clostridium difficile (C. diff) was thought to be a problem only for hospitals and care facilities. But some evidence suggests that more cases of C. diff are happening outside of hospital settings. It’s not a new trend in Minnesota, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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National News

Consumers Still Prefer Independent Pharmacies

From Consumer Reports magazine, Dec. 7: When it comes to filling prescriptions, consumers still prize the friendliness, courtesy and expertise of the local pharmacy. That’s according to Consumer Reports’ (CR) most recent ratings of walk-in pharmacies based on responses from more than 78,000 CR members. Independent pharmacies earned high scores on measures like courtesy, helpfulness, as well as pharmacists’ knowledge and accuracy.

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NCPA Executive Residency Isn’t a Typical One

From NCPA website, accessed Dec. 12: The NCPA Executive Residency is a springboard into a career of association work or independent practice that will provide you with distinction as a future leader in the health care field. The executive residency, conducted at NCPA Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, helps distinguish you from your fellow graduates by opening doors to new and rewarding opportunities in numerous areas of pharmacy and health care. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.

NCPA's headquarters is located in Old Town Alexandria, and is just steps away from the King Street Metro station. Alexandria, hometown of George Washington, is rich in tradition, with a history that dates back more than 350 years. Alexandria is also only five miles from the heart of downtown Washington D.C. The District of Columbia is home to the National Mall, historic monuments, the Smithsonian, and many other attractions. It also boasts a variety of unique neighborhoods, each with its own style, one-of-a-kind restaurants, shops, and plenty of nightlife.

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