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April 26, 2019
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Mission Moment:

Rowan Mahon Receives President’s Student Leadership and Service Award

Third-year Pharmacy student Rowan Mahon has been selected as a 2019 President’s Student Leadership and Service Award (PSLSA) recipient. The award recognizes her exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Rowan is one of just two PSLSA recipients to also receive the Mary A. McEvoy Public Engagement and Leadership Award, recognizing her leadership and public engagement above and beyond her normal duties and responsibilities, as well as her demonstrated dedication and assistance. Rowan has been instrumental in working to change the state law to start a medication repository program in Minnesota.

MPhA Board Election Ballot Now Available: Vote Today

MPhA Active members, New Practitioner members, Life members and Honorary members are eligible to vote for MPhA’s new President-Elect as well as one Metro Board Member and three At-Large Board Members. Online voting is open until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 9. Ballots will be tabulated by staff under the supervision of the Board. Results will be announced by MPhA President Jason Varin.

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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).

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 a 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 or Executive Director Sarah Derr at To apply, please submit your nomination now.

At the Capitol this Week:

Legislature Is in Final Month of Session

The Minnesota legislature reconvened this week and much work is underway. The House is debating its omnibus bill, while the Senate was expected to wrap up its omnibus bill last night (April 25). Conferees are meeting to bridge differences between the House and Senate opioid stewardship bills. MPhA posts legislative updates on our website weekly.

Access full information on MPhA’s legislative agenda.

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

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 but not required to dress for the theme. 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

FTC Charges Surescripts with Illegal Monopolization of E-prescription Markets

From FTC News Release, April 24: The Federal Trade Commission sued the health information company Surescripts, alleging that the company employed illegal vertical and horizontal restraints in order to maintain its monopolies over two electronic prescribing, or “e-prescribing,” markets: routing and eligibility.

The FTC’s complaint against Surescripts, filed in federal court on April 17, 2019, is the latest example of the agency’s commitment to stopping anticompetitive tactics in the health care industry that harm consumers and raise the cost of care for Americans.
“For the past decade, Surescripts has used a series of anticompetitive contracts throughout the e-prescribing industry to eliminate competition and keep out competitors,” said Bureau of Competition Director Bruce Hoffman. “Surescripts’s illegal contracts denied customers and, ultimately, patients, the benefits of competition — including lower prices, increased output, thriving innovation, higher quality, and more customer choice. Through this litigation, we hope to eliminate the anticompetitive conduct, open the relevant markets to competition, and redress the harm that Surescripts’s conduct has caused.”

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FDA Approves First Generic Nasal Spray to Treat Opioid Overdose

The FDA has granted approval for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to market its generic nasal spray for opioid overdose, making it the first approval of a generic naloxone nasal spray for use in a community setting by individuals without medical training. Naloxone has been sold as a nasal spray in the U.S. since 2016 under the brand name Narcan. Pharmacists may dispense it with or without a prescription. It is also sold as a generic or brand-name drug in automatic injectors, prefilled syringes and vials.

China Will Close Loophole on Fentanyl

From National Public Radio: China has announced that it will treat all variants of fentanyl as controlled substances beginning on May 1. The U.S. government urged the Chinese government to take action to help stop the flow of fentanyl into this country. Chinese authorities already regulate 25 variants of fentanyl; some Chinese manufacturers have introduced slight changes to the molecular structure of their drugs to give them a legal loophole. The new regulation is aimed at closing that loophole — although several researchers say that it may be difficult for China to enforce the new rules.

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Next DEA Take Back Day Is Tomorrow

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. A majority of abused medications were obtained from family and friends. Please help publicize this event to your patients to prevent addiction and overdose deaths.

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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. There are more reimbursable MTM opportunities than there are pharmacist providers to conduct the encounters. Help patients and your bottom line by becoming a provider through this course!

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

Register Now: MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting

Wednesday, June 12 • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

The 2019 Leadership Summit and House of Delegates theme is Building Tomorrow Together. The program will be inspirational and motivational, and will provide you with the opportunity to network, learn and share with your peers throughout the day. The morning program will celebrate MPhA’s past, honor its present and create its future! You will hear invigorating messages of traversing your leadership journey while we find inspiration together to prepare for our future. You’ll hear about MPhA’s strategic initiatives and welcome MPhA’s new Executive Director Sarah Derr, PharmD. We will share advocacy successes for MPhA and the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance in the afternoon and be challenged to lay the groundwork for future advocacy initiatives to enable pharmacists to meet the health needs of Minnesota communities.

During the House of Delegates, you will hear the State of MPhA from leadership, discuss policy proposals and new business and install MPhA’s new leaders for the year. We’ll close our day with a networking reception honoring our Past Presidents, leaders in our profession and MPhA volunteers. The day is designed to provide us with a glimpse of how far we have come to advance patient care and practice and where we need to go next.

By participating, you will join your colleagues in advancing Minnesota pharmacy practice! You’ll be involved in discussions on important initiatives and pharmacy’s advocacy agenda and earn 3.75 hours of continuing education credits.

During registration, you’ll be asked if you are willing to serve as a delegate and for what district, academy, group or affiliation. MPhA strives to include you as a delegate to your preferred district, academy or group, however, we reserve the right to assign delegates as needed for full representation.

The House of Delegates annual business meeting will include recognizing member achievements through the MPhA leadership awards, installing new officers and board members, learning about strategic plan progress and committee achievements, and presenting and reviewing 2019 policy proposals. A number of important issues will be discussed. This is your time as a member to voice your opinions and shape your association!

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MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Meditation: The New Milk? It Does a Body Good!

Wednesday, May 15 • Noon-1 p.m. • Online webinar

Contemplative practices such as mindfulness and meditation are increasing in popularity as a stress management tool and wellness strategy. They can also have an impact on work performance and medication safety. During this virtual coffee break program, we will explore the history of meditation, review the major types of meditation and outline the emerging science and health benefits behind this ancient methodology.

About the Speaker:

Lisa Hanlon Wilhelm, BS Pharm, RPh, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed the ASHP Executive Residency in Association Management. Most of her time since residency has been spent practicing pharmacy at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA, primarily in Medication Safety and Regulatory Compliance. Lisa also worked with ASHP Advantage for over 13 years, co-facilitated the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition for 9 years and worked at the National Patient Safety Foundation for just under 2 years. Lisa’s interest in meditation is beyond personal — she has begun to incorporate teaching basic mindfulness and heart rhythm meditation practices for stress reduction as well as to improve focus and attention to improve medication safety at Hershey Medical Center.


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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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

October 3-4, 2019

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Sponsorship opportunities are available now!