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June 7, 2019
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Mission Moments:

MPhA Board Members Plan for the Future

MPhA Board members gathered on May 29 for their annual retreat. The purpose was to determine priorities and set a course for the year ahead. The Board discussed the current state of the association and steps to continue to improve the organization. Among the items on the Board’s radar are: implementation of the new legislative changes through practice transformation; monitoring our finances; continuing our strong advocacy efforts; and looking at membership engagement and communication. A Board-approved strategic plan will be shared with the membership in the months ahead as this is finalized.

MPhA Member Researches New Tools to Treat Ovarian Cancer

MPhA member Swayam Prabha of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is researching a therapy that could significantly reduce side effects and toxicity for treatment of both primary and recurrent ovarian cancer.

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Nominate a Friend or Colleague Today for MPhA Awards and Recognition

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association annually recognizes leaders in the field of pharmacy. Award recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee appointed by the MPhA President. Awards will be presented at the MPhA Annual Learning Network Event in October. The deadline to submit awards for this year is Monday, July 8.

We welcome your nomination of pharmacy leaders to be recognized. Nomination form(s) should be submitted along with letters of support to the MPhA office. More information, including MPhA’s policy on awards and a full listing of past recipients, can be found on the MPhA Awards page.

Learn more and make your nomination today!

At the Capitol this Week:

With Bills Signed, MPhA Public Affairs Committee Dives into Details

Gov. Walz has signed the Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill, which contained a number of wins for Minnesota pharmacists and pharmacy owners. The MPhA Public Affairs Committee’s report to the House of Delegates for next week’s Leadership Summit will outline many MPhA-led initiatives. Watch for more information soon, and register now for our special webinar on Wednesday, June 19, that will share details of laws that go into effect on July 1 with an impact on pharmacy operations. Additional information is available in the Events section of this newsletter.

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

MDH Presents Lessons Learned from 2017 Measles Outbreak

At the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Meeting this week in Washington, DC, Kris Ehresmann, Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention & Control at the Minnesota Department of Health, made a presentation recounting Minnesota’s lessons in battling a measles outbreak in 2017. NVAC is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. MPhA’s Virtual Coffee Break on June 19 will discuss the current measles outbreaks and steps you can take to contain the virus.

Kris Ehresmann

National News

Medication Safety Tip

From Alliance for Medication Safety: To prevent drugs from being chosen off the shelf in error, the following systems should be in place:

  1. Mandatory bar-code scanning;
  2. Separator walls on the shelf;
  3. Use tall-man lettering for the shelf-labels;
  4. Separate storage bins;
  5. “Un-alphabetical” storage for medications with similar prefixes;
  6. Use of brand AND generic names on the shelf labels of “LASA” (look-alike-sound-alike) medications.

For more information, or to get your Medication Safety Program started, go to or contact the Alliance for Medication Safety at (866) 365-7472!

Medical Marijuana Cancer Pearls

From Pharmacy Practice News, May 21: Medical marijuana is legal in more than 30 states (including Minnesota), but many practicing pharmacists are unfamiliar with how to manage patients using the substance and may be uncomfortable doing so. At the 2019 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association annual meeting, Lisa M. Holle, PharmD, an associate clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, shared information for various indications for medical marijuana and cannabidiol oil relevant to the oncology setting.

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MPhA Events

2019 Leadership Summit and House of Delegates: Building Tomorrow Together

Your Voice = MPhA Priorities • Wednesday, June 12 • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

Minnesota Pharmacy scored major wins in the just-concluded 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature — including PBM licensure and reform that will eliminate PBM steering and retroactive fees, and create transparency in reimbursement for pharmacists, patients and payers. We also won expanded medication administration authority as part of the opioid stewardship bill. Finally, Gov. Walz has signed legislation raising the Fee-for-Service Medicaid dispensing fee and bringing the state into compliance with the CMS Covered Outpatient Drug Rule.

These issues are part of MPhA’s and Minnesota pharmacy’s agenda because members like you had concerns and brought policies to the MPhA House of Delegates for discussion and adoption during the past three years. Your voice matters. Your input into MPhA policy matters. It drives our advocacy agenda, and this year’s wins are a direct result of members speaking up.

Continue the tradition this year when you join Minnesota pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for a day of inspiration, information, influence building and crafting MPhA policy. Come to the 2019 MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, Minn.

Michelle Johnson

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 up to 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!

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. • Lilly USA, LLC • Merck

Bronze Sponsor
Geritom Medical

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MPhA Virtual Coffee Break Webinar: Ongoing National Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks — How Pharmacists Can Help

Wednesday, June 19 • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Online Webinar

Learn about ongoing measles and hepatitis A outbreaks in the United States and the impact on population health. We will discuss vaccination as a way to stop these outbreaks. The recommendations for MMR and Hepatitis A vaccination will be reviewed. Additionally, we will explore ways that pharmacists can help target high-risk individuals indicated for vaccination.

Our presenters are Jennifer Heath, supervisor of the Education and Partnerships Unit in the Vaccine Preventable Disease Section at the Minnesota Department of Health, and Lynn Bahta, immunization clinical consultant in the immunization program at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Upon completion of this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe the key epidemiological elements driving the national measles outbreak.
  • Describe the at-risk population involved in the current hepatitis A outbreaks.
  • Discuss key interventions to stop these outbreaks.
  • Discuss how vaccine recommendations can be applied in the pharmacy setting.

Upon completion of this activity, technicians should be able to:

  • Describe the key issues driving the national measles outbreak.
  • Describe the at-risk population involved in the current hepatitis A outbreaks.
  • Discuss interventions that the pharmacy technician can make to help promote vaccination.

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Special MPhA Webinar: Prepare Your Pharmacy for New Laws Effective in Weeks

Wednesday, June 19 • 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. • Online Webinar

This year’s legislative session was very active — numerous legislative issues passed that will impact pharmacy. Any bills included in the Omnibus budget bill signed by Gov. Walz take effect on July 1, 2019, because the omnibus bill contained a fiscal note. All other issues that passed will be effective on August 1, 2019. Don’t be caught off guard — attend this webinar to stay informed about changes.

MPhA and Minnesota Pharmacy had great success at the session — but there were also bills we did not sponsor with pharmacy-related provisions that need to be implemented on July 1, 2019.

Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance Lobbyist Buck Humphrey and MPhA Public Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Jeff Lindoo and Tony Post will walk through the issues pharmacists and pharmacies need to address during this special one-hour webinar.
Specific issues that will be addressed include:

  • Opioid Stewardship: limitations on prescribing, prescription filling for CII-V, refilling for CIII-V, identification checking requirements
  • Medication Administration Expanded Authority
  • Minnesota Fee-for-Service Medicaid Reimbursement: Implementation process and important documentation needed from pharmacies
  • Forthcoming changes to the Minnesota Managed Care Medicaid Preferred Drug List
  • Minnesota Provider/Wholesaler tax changes
  • Authority for Emergency Prescription Refills
  • Prescription Drug Repository Program — LTC PDs recycling program
  • Recipient of Emergency Prescription Orders & Drug Coverage in Emergency Situations and payment

The PBM Licensure and Regulation bill will be discussed in a future webinar — but if time permits, the speakers will answer questions about it.

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Save the Dates: MPhA Events

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery

September 29 • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

MPhA Annual Learning and Networking Event

October 3-4 Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Sponsorship opportunities are available now!

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day

February 20, 2020 • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul