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April 5, 2019
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Mission Moments:

Kappa Psi Members Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

Members of the University of Minnesota Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Epsilon chapter volunteered this week as part of the Ronald McDonald Cooks for Kids program. Every day, Cooks for Kids volunteers provide meals at the four Ronald McDonald House locations in the Twin Cities.

Kappa Psi Volunteers

COP Team in Final Round of ACCP Clinical Research Challenge

Brooke Carlson, Tam Nguyen and Lusi Zhang are in the final round of ACCP’s Clinical Research Challenge. This round consists of developing a research proposal based on the team’s letter of intent for “integrating medication therapy management and cognitive behavioral therapy: pharmacist-psychotherapist collaborative practice for outpatient type 2 diabetes mellitus.” Finalists will be announced June 10 and the top three schools will present at the ACCP Annual Meeting this fall. Drs. Caity Frail and Ann Philbrick serve as advisors.

ACCP Clinical Research Team

Wanted: Technician Candidates for 2019 MPhA Board of Directors

The MPhA Leadership Development Committee is looking for interested members to serve 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 of Directors 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 May 1, 2019.

You will need to sign in with a Google account to access the form (some organizations will not let you access this form from work, so you may need to access it from your home computer).

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!

The MPhA board of directors 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 MPhA President Jason Varin at To apply, please submit your nomination now.

Nominate a Friend or Colleague Today for MPhA Awards and Recognition

Do you know a pharmacist or pharmacy technician who goes above and beyond the usual? The Minnesota Pharmacists Association wants to hear from you! Help us recognize these pharmacy leaders and inspirations by nominating a pharmacist or pharmacy technician for one of our awards. Nominations are now open.

Read the Full Award DescriptionsSee a List of Past Recipients

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

MDH Sees Great Results from Community-level Opioid Prevention Projects

From Lakeland PBS, March 26: According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the opioid epidemic is a major public health challenge in Minnesota, but the community of Little Falls has shown that progress is possible. The Minnesota Health Commissioner and community partners held a press conference to announce preliminary results of the Minnesota Opioid Community Prevention Pilot Projects.

Since starting a pilot project, the hospital in Little Falls has seen patient pill use decrease by 724,000 pills per year and has tapered about 670 patients off of controlled substance prescriptions. Gov. Tim Walz’s recently proposed budget includes funds to offer grants to provide Opioid Community Prevention Pilot Projects for up to 20 additional communities.

Read or Watch the Full Article

Respond by April 12: Minnesota Pharmacies Needed for Survey on Employability Traits in Graduates

The NDSU School of Pharmacy is recruiting pharmacists for the brief study that looks at desirable employability traits and abilities. If you’re involved in hiring new pharmacists in Minnesota, North Dakota or Iowa at hospital/health systems, chain and independent pharmacies, both rural and urban, here’s an opportunity to share your knowledge by participating in a brief survey process.

The survey contains four main questions, as well as a few demographic questions relating to practice setting, population, etc. The survey will be administered via email using Qualtrix. Responses will be compiled and the same four questions sent out again for clarification purposes.

One final survey round will be used that will compile all responses and ask for respondent ranking by importance. Each round of the survey is expected to take less than 10 minutes and is approved by the NDSU Institutional Review Board.

Share your knowledge about the skills and abilities employers seek when hiring new pharmacists.

To participate, or if you know someone who may like to participate, please email before April 12, 2019.

MPSA Auction Event, May 3

The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) is hosting its annual live and silent auction fundraiser on Friday, May 3, at the TCF Bank Stadium Indoor Club Room. The Silent Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Live Auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. All the funds that are raised go directly toward the following school year’s funds/budget to support the professional development of students at the College of Pharmacy. There will be appetizers at the event as well as a cash bar. It is a speakeasy/1920s theme and it's encouraged to dress for the theme (not required, though). Anyone is invited to attend; entrance to the event for non-students is $20. Donations of auction items are also welcome! For more information, contact Kayla Kermode.

National News

Fact or Fiction? What to Know about Smoking Cessation and Medications

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 480,000 deaths annually. Almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, but quitting can be hard and often takes multiple attempts.

Learn More

Some E-cigarette Users Are Having Seizures

From FDA website special announcement, April 3: The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users. Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity and have been reported in the scientific literature in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of e-liquid. However, a recent uptick in voluntary reports of adverse experiences with tobacco products that mentioned seizures occurring with e-cigarette use (e.g., vaping) signal a potential emerging safety issue. The FDA continues to monitor all adverse experiences reported to the agency about the use of e-cigarettes and encourages the public to report cases of individuals who use e-cigarettes and have had a seizure via the online Safety Reporting Portal.

Read the Full Announcement

MPhA Events

Register Now: Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation Exclusive Wine Pairing Dinner

Saturday, April 13 • New Location – Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights

The Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation’s (MPF) exclusive 4-course wine pairing dinner has been moved to the beautiful Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. As a result of the snowmelt and flooding of the Mississippi River, the Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club will be closed until after mid-April. It is a price the Club pays for its beautiful river views.

Lilydale PYC management has made arrangements to hold our event at the Mendakota Country Club on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The incredible menu is being custom created by Mendakota’s Executive Chef Michael Harper (formerly the Executive Chef at the Lexington) in concert with Chef Kevin Gillis to match the wines. The private Mendakota Country is an elegant setting with beautiful lake views where guests will watch the sunset while gathering for the elegant dinner. The event is limited to 75 people. Unlike past events, this is a wine pairing—full pours—not a tasting, and guests will enjoy the program featuring a wine connoisseur describing the wines you’ll experience then the Chef will give insights on his food pairings for each. A gourmet indulgence to support student pharmacists!

This year’s MPF Scholarship recipients — Kris Nemitz, Morgan Olhausen, Courtney Pahl, Kelly Potz and Michaela Wermers — were recognized at Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day. This event will provide the MPF with funds to provide this year’s scholarships. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in purchasing a table, please contact Marsha Millonig at, 651-366-6094. If you are unable to join but would like to sponsor one of our five 2019 Scholarship Recipients please contact Marsha.

Register Online

Mendakota Country Club

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. 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: The New & Improved Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program

Wednesday, April 17 • 11:30 a.m. • Online webinar

This webinar will focus on the Minnesota PMP from the pharmacist’s perspective. Permissible use, reporting requirements and Controlled Substance Insight Alerts are among the items that will be discussed. The webinar will conclude with a demonstration of the new and improved Minnesota PMP database.

About the Speaker: Katrina Howard, PharmD, works as the pharmacist consultant for the Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program within the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Howard currently chairs the National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities (NASCSA) PMP Committee. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

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 70-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. Register today!

To register or for more conference information, click here.

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Save the Dates: MPhA Events

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
Sponsorship is Open Now — Learn More

October 3-4, 2019

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park