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February 15, 2019
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Mission Moments:

Student Pharmacists Participate in Research Symposium

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s annual Research Symposium was held earlier this week in the Twin Cities and Duluth. The event in Duluth received coverage from one of the local TV stations.

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Student Pharmacists

Midwest Pharmacy Expo Recap

Many thanks to the MPhA members who attended and/or presented at the Midwest Pharmacy Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, last week! Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig was one of the presenters; her topic was HIPAA and text security.

Midwest Pharmacy Expo

Do you have news to share about MPhA members and their achievements? Help us spread the news about the good work that our members are doing across Minnesota! Send material to Communication Director Laurie Pumper at

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Wanted: Candidates for 2019 MPhA Board of Directors

The MPhA Leadership Development Committee is looking for members who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors and begin a two-year term in June 2019. We need the best skills, passion, and varied perspectives to build an energetic, inclusive, and strategic governing board. Serving on the MPhA board is an opportunity to provide leadership and direction to the association as we strive to meet our mission: Serving Minnesota pharmacists to advance patient care. With health reform implementation rapidly underway, it is a very exciting time to be at the table to discuss the changes that are occurring and help chart the course for the profession.

The deadline for submitting your nomination is March 1, 2019.

Submit a Nomination

If serving on the MPhA Board of Directors interests you, please fill out the online Call for Nominations form.

The Board of Directors is composed of the following members: President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, the Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House, two rural and two metro directors elected from nominees put forward by the districts/regional groups, five directors at-large elected from nominees put forward by the academies, a pharmacy technician ex-officio representative and ex-officio representatives of associate organizations. MPhA’s Board of Directors can recognize associate organizations that are comprised of pharmacists or student pharmacists that are independent of MPhA, but share common interests, members, and need for inter-organizational communication and coordination. Associate organizations are granted one seat on the MPhA Board of Directors ex-officio without vote, which they may choose to exercise. The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (MN-ASCP), the Minnesota College of Clinical Pharmacists (MCCP), the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy are associate organizations. Staggered terms have been established so that each year there are board positions up for re-election. This means the opportunity for fresh new ideas from energetic pharmacists to participate and make a difference!

In 2019, MPhA is seeking nominees/applicants for:

  • 3 Member-at-Large Positions
  • 1 Metro Board Member Position

The MPhA board meets monthly with alternating 3-hour meetings (in person, typically during odd-numbered months), and 1-hour meetings (via conference call, typically during even-numbered months). The incoming MPhA President has discretion to modify the schedule to best meet the needs of the board and the association. Board members are expected to bring issues to the board meetings on behalf of their constituency. Board members play an important role as liaisons to committees and participate in welcoming new pharmacists to the profession.

To learn more about the board of directors and MPhA, contact To apply, please submit your nomination now.

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MPhA Events

Don’t Miss Next Week’s MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Medication Recycling

February 20, 2019 • Online Webinar

More than 40% of Americans report struggling to pay for their medications. At the same time, every year Long Term Care (LTC) facilities in the United States (including Minnesota) are throwing away billions of dollars’ worth of safe and effective medication. Medication repositories allow LTC facilities to donate their unused, safe medications that would otherwise be wasted to patients who can’t afford them. Medication repositories can lower the cost of medication, improve health care outcomes, reduce health care spending at the state level, and even remove pollutants from the environment. Twenty-one states already have functioning medication repository programs, but state law currently prohibits this common-sense solution in Minnesota. We expect legislation to be introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this year to address this topic.

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Rowan Mahon holds an MPH from the University of Minnesota and is currently a PharmD/MHI student at the University. In 2017 she founded the Public-health Advocacy Student Alliance, which is an interprofessional student organization at the University of Minnesota representing different health care professions including Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Healthcare Administration. PHASA works under the mission of empowering students to improve health disparities through policy and advocacy measures. Rowan was the head organizer for PHASA’s legislative effort and played a key role in forming the legislation that was created last session.

Registration Fees

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

Register Now: APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Friday, May 31 • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services.

Seats are limited for this course. Submitting registration materials by November 9 does not guarantee a seat in the program. If space is still available, you will receive confirmation of your admission. If the program is closed, your credit card will not be charged, and you will be notified. Participants must complete the self-study component, attend the live training seminar, and complete the follow-up case studies to receive full credit and certification for this course.

To Receive Full Credit for this Course:

  • Participants must complete the self-study component
  • Participants must attend the live training seminar
  • Participants must complete the 12 follow-up case studies

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MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: From Student to Practitioner: Laying Out a Roadmap for Success

March 19, 2019 • Online Webinar

Graduation (from a residency program or pharmacy school) is exciting, but how do you make sure you’re ready for the next step? In this session, we’ll discuss important skills to handle potential challenges, such as time management, continuing education, work-life balance, and more. You’ll learn about challenges new practitioners encounter and get examples of solutions.


Sara Massey is a first-year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Resident practicing at Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, Missouri. Throughout she served as the President of the UMKC APhA-ASP Chapter and held national leadership positions in APhA-ASP and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, where she focused on both student development and education. During her residency, she has enjoyed working with diverse patient populations and is excited to continue to grow as a teacher and preceptor and develop strong patient-provider relationships at clinic.

Kyle Walburg received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2018. She is currently in her first year of a two-year PGY1 Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency through the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Her practice site at Broadway Family Medicine allows her to practice with an underserved population; as her practice site is a family medicine residency training site, she enjoys the daily opportunity to advocate for the pharmacy profession with primary care providers.

Registration Fees

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

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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

UMN College of Pharmacy Health Fair at the Capitol

Join student pharmacists from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on February 21, 2019 at the Capitol Rotunda! Learn about the role of pharmacists on a health care team, explore the diverse patient populations pharmacists serve and talk to the next generation of pharmacists! Stop by to engage with the local Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance initiatives.

Who: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Students
What: A free educational health fair for the public on safe medication use, managing common health conditions and healthy living
When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Capitol Rotunda - 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, St Paul, MN 55155

National News

Rampant Rise in Youth Use of Tobacco Products

From a news release by U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Feb. 11: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released additional data from the joint FDA/CDC 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. These data are a sobering reminder of the initial results shared last fall indicating a rampant rise of youth e-cigarette use, which has prompted the FDA to take a series of escalating regulatory actions as part of its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan. The FDA is advancing those actions, and committing to some new steps. The epidemic use of e-cigarettes among children is one of the biggest public health challenges currently facing the FDA.

Approximately 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users (used in the past 30 days) of some type of tobacco product in 2018, up from 3.6 million in 2017. This increase is driven by an alarming surge in e-cigarette use. More than 3.6 million middle and high school students were current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2018, a dramatic increase of more than 1.5 million students in one year. The study authors suggest — as the FDA also noted at the time of the initial release of this data in the fall — that the rise in e-cigarette use in the last year is likely due to the recent popularity of certain types of e-cigarettes, such as JUUL. Further, youth who use e-cigarettes also are using them more frequently and using flavored products more often than last year. Many youth tobacco product users are also using multiple products.

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The Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance is pursuing pharmacist prescribing of tobacco cessation products to help address this issue.

NCPA Pharmacy Fly-In, April 10-11

NCPA Pharmacy Fly-In

The National Community Pharmacists Association will hold its annual Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In event again this year. You’ll get briefings on key issues, share your story with members of Congress, and fly home… all in about 48 hours. NCPA anticipates that CMS will finalize its proposed drug pricing rule — on which NCPA members recently submitted 3400+ comments in support of the DIR provisions — sometime in early April, which could make this event all the more important as a grassroots advocacy opportunity.

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NACDS and NCPA Thank Patient, Consumer Groups on DIR Fee Reform

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) lauded 24 patient and consumer groups for advocating for pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform.

In a Feb. 11 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, the groups took a stand in support of proposed DIR fee reform “to protect beneficiary pocketbooks and health.”

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