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January 11, 2019
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Mission Moment:

Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization Outreach

At least a dozen members of the Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy recently participated in an outreach event at Ummatul Islam community. Thanks to them for their work in this community.

Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization

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MPhA Events

Register Now! 2019 Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day

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

You can make a difference! Join us to advocate for your professional interests and for pharmacy’s interests to advance patient care — come to Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day! 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 the Honorable Roz Peterson (former representative, 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!

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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.

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

February 20

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break on Medication Repositories
Online Webinar

March 20

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break on Risk Reduction
Online Webinar

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

National News

Government Closed — but DEA Still Operating

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has confirmed with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that its offices, including those involved in registration and diversion, are open and operational during the government shutdown. Pharmacists who have issues related to registration are encouraged to email DEA at: (be sure to include your DEA registration number in your email). Those needing support for DEA’s Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS) can complete a CSOS Support Request Form at:

Due to minor technical issues with call lines, APhA advises pharmacists to use online communications like those noted above. Pharmacists can also locate field office registration program specialists by clicking here. If you encounter issues and cannot reach DEA, please email Jenna Ventresca, APhA Dir. Health Policy (, detailing your issue, including methods of communication attempted.

Cardinal Health Acquires Mirixa

Cardinal Health has acquired Mirixa, which will integrate with OutcomesMTM. Merging these two programs will offer efficiencies to pharmacists delivering MTM services.

For 2019, both Mirixa and OutcomesMTM will continue to operate in parallel, and pharmacists are encouraged to complete available opportunities in both platforms.

Over time, the two platforms will be unified to streamline MTM delivery and documentation, which means:

  • Less time managing multiple MTM platforms = more time to provide MTM services for your patients and earn revenue for your MTM Center!
  • You’ll only need to remember one username/password combination to access MTM opportunities for your patients!
  • No need to learn or keep up with changes or requirements for two different platforms – your MTM opportunities will be centralized in one easy-to-use site.


Test Your Knowledge

Show what You Know about Pharmacy

Generics are now used for the vast majority of prescriptions filled in the U.S. Ever wonder how many persons work in the Office of Generic Drugs at FDA?

This snippet is taken from the 2017 Annual Report of the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The success of the generic drug program is due in large part to the generic drug user fee program and to the dedicated staff that make up FDA’s generic drug program. In 2017, OGD’s 470 staff members worked with Agency counterparts to meet and exceed the commitments of GDUFA I, while standing up and preparing to implement GDUFA II. At the end of FY 2017, Congress reauthorized the generic drug user fee program for another five years, and OGD is off to a robust start with implementing the new goals and commitments of GDUFA II.