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Small Doses

February 22, 2019
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Mission Moments:

Student Pharmacists Participate in Research Symposium

On Feb. 14-15, student pharmacists volunteered with GenRx and OTC Med Safety to educate 312 eighth graders at Olson Middle School in Bloomington on prescription drug misuse and how to read OTC medication labels! Afterwards, students tested their knowledge with a fun game of Kahoot! MPSA volunteers included GenRx coordinators Patty Maglalang and Mahli von Arx, OTC Med Safety coordinator Megan McCormick, and PD1s Erika Harvey and Emily Lekah! Thank you, student pharmacists, for your leadership, collaboration, and service! You are truly making our world a better place!

GenRx and OTC Med Safety with Student Pharmacists

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At the Capitol this Week

MPhA members have been busy working with policymakers at the Capitol this week. The House Health and Human Services Policy Committee held a hearing on Feb. 20 on the PBM Licensure and Registration bill, HF 728. Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, pharmacist Jessica Astrup Ehret and physician Alex Vosooney provided compelling testimony in support of the bill. Legislators expressed the need for transparency and efforts to create a fairer system for patients and payers. You can watch the hearing by visiting the House archive. The bill passed out of committee and is now headed to the House Commerce Committee. MPhA is issuing legislative alerts for members to contact their representatives as the bill continues through the House. Legislative updates are posted regularly on the MPhA website. View the latest news here.

The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance held a very successful information Health Fair at the Capitol rotunda on Thursday afternoon. Watch next week’s Small Doses for a wrap up and photos.

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Wanted: Candidates for 2019 MPhA Board of Directors

One Week until Deadline!

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.

Submit a Nomination

MPhA Events

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

Register Online

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.

Register Online

Don’t Miss This Event! Independent Pharmacy Conference 2019

May 2-5 in San Antonio, TX

The 2019 Independent Pharmacy Conference, May 2-5 in San Antonio, is the event of the year for independents. Open to all independent pharmacies regardless of memberships, this event delivers savvy business advice via nine exceptional CE courses. You will also take advantage of a 70-vendor trade show showcasing key vendors with the latest solutions for your success.

Continuing Education will focus on your business success; this year’s lineup features a look at key profit drivers; long term care insights, the latest pharmaceutical industry trends, 340B opportunities, a legislative update, effective marketing strategies, and, understanding the CBD Oil arena, and more.

The three-day conference also features a 60+ vendor trade show exposition, networking opportunities, an inspirational keynote from Scott Hamilton and fabulous receptions & entertainment. You won’t want to miss this fantastic event.

To register or for more conference information, click here.

Register Online

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 Study: Rising Concern About Synthetic Opioids

From Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 20: An analysis released Tuesday by the University of Minnesota has found that overdose deaths that involve heroin may be leveling out in the country, although states are seeing an increase in overdose deaths involving drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine.

"It looks like we need to stop looking at the opioid crisis as just the opioid crisis," said Colin Planalp, a research fellow at the university's State Health Access Data Assistance Center. "To really get a handle on this problem, we need to look at ways to address multiple kinds of drugs, otherwise we run the risk that we will reduce or solve one problem — only to see another problem come and replace it."

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In Memoriam: Philip Ming-Chi Kor

Philip Ming-Chi Kor of Eagan passed away on January 6, 2019, at age 70. Philip was a hard-working man, a pharmacist who owned and operated Ross West Bank Pharmacy for almost 30 years and worked full time at Snyder Drugs for 20 years. Although he worked very hard, he enjoyed every minute of it and always had a big smile on his face. He loved working with his co-workers and his patients — and in return, they truly enjoyed his company. Phil Kor’s ability to sustain his independent pharmacy practice and withstand the constraints of big chain pharmacies and big insurers for so many years is truly remarkable. In Phil Kor’s honor, the independent West Bank Pharmacy will stay open and continue to support the health of our West Bank and U of MN community.

National News

Supreme Court Denies Maryland’s Attempt to Revive Generic Pricing Law

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, Feb. 20: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a federal appeals court's decision striking down Maryland’s bid to restore a law that state Attorney General Brian Frosh said was needed to protect residents from “monstrous price increases” by generic drug makers. The court’s decision was a setback to new efforts by states to keep down the cost of medicines.

The law briefly went into effect, starting in 2017, before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put it on hold with its decision in April 2018. The law was the first of its kind in the nation, although other states have considered similar measures. It applied to generic or off-patent drug makers that manufacture a medicine at least three other firms also make. If those conditions applied, companies could not impose a significant price increase without justifying it to the attorney general, who could ask a judge to order that the price increase not take effect. The appeals court held the measure violated the U.S. Constitution by trying to regulate trade beyond Maryland’s borders.

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.

Get More Details & Register Now