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September 6, 2019

News from MPhA

Mission Moment:

Minnesota Team Chosen for First Flip the Pharmacy Cohort

The Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) has announced that 20 Practice Transformation Teams have been chosen to participate in the first cohort of the multi-year Flip the Pharmacy Program. A Minnesota team is part of the cohort. Flip the Pharmacy aims to transform community-based pharmacies away from point-in-time, prescription-level care processes and business models to longitudinal and patient-level care processes and business models through the use of hands-on coaching.

Over the intensive two-year experience, each participating pharmacy will be served by a Practice Transformation Team that will be focused on implementing the Flip the Pharmacy Change Package with the help of the Flip the Pharmacy Coordinating Center, CPESN USA. “Each team has established key relationships with payers and transformation partners generating large in-kind support for their implementation plans, while presenting lean budgets for recruiting and coaching participating pharmacies. We are eager to watch these teams grow and begin transforming community pharmacy through the creation of replicable and sustainable care and business processes,” said CPF Board President Phil Burgess, RPh.

The first cohort covers all regions of the country and the teams have committed to engaging and deploying more than 70 Practice Transformation Coaches to more than 500 pharmacies across the country to implement the six key transformation domains supported at the pharmacy-level by transformation coaches (see domains and sign up to follow the Program at www.flipthepharmacy.com).

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Minnesota News

MDH Will Receive Nearly $4 Million to Combat Opioid Abuse

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will receive $3,970,647 in funding to continue the federal government’s work to combat the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis. More than $1.8 billion in funding to states was announced on Sept. 4 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read the full news release.


COP Hosts Homecoming Pre-game Reception

All faculty, student pharmacists, pharmacists, and other friends of the college are invited to participate in a pre-football game reception in McNamara Alumni Center on Oct. 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. You don’t need a ticket to the game — just come and have fun! Refreshments are provided. Read more and register.


SAPh Alumni Social Networking and Connections Event

Join fellow SAPh alumni and friends for social networking and connections on Sept. 25, 4-6 p.m., at Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul. Learn more and RSVP.

National News

New Tool to Help Pharmacists Reduce Fall Risks for Older Adults

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, accessed Sept. 3: STEADI-Rx was designed to improve collaboration between health care providers and pharmacists; it’s based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) initiative. STEADI-Rx provides guidance to pharmacists on screening pharmacy patients, assessing medications and intervening to reduce fall risk.

Many adults aged 65 and older take medications for sleep disorders, anxiety, high blood pressure or chronic pain (or a combination thereof). Side effects from these drugs can change the way a person feels or thinks and can cause drowsiness, loss of balance, changes in vision, slower reaction time and other effects that increase the risk of falling. Visit the STEADI-Rx website for clinical tools, forms and other resources.


Preparing for Back-to-School and Allergic Reactions

From U.S. Food & Drug Administration, August 30: As children return to school, they should be prepared for the classroom. That includes having emergency treatments on hand if they have known allergic reactions to bee stings, food allergies and other allergens. Even potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions can be managed with epinephrine, along with emergency medical care — but some students may have serious adverse reactions to epinephrine.

Some parents may have difficulty obtaining allergy treatments because of high demand at the beginning of the school year. Learn more about how to prepare families to deal with serious allergies at the FDA website.


Treating Diabetes Distress Brings Dramatic Improvements

From Endocrine Today, August 23: Adults with type 1 diabetes who participated in programs designed to improve emotional reactions and education related to the disease reported less diabetes distress than those who did not partake in the programs, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine. Read the full article.


Juul Introduces Checkout System to Combat Underage Purchases

From Wall Street Journal, August 28: To prevent the illegal sale of e-cigarettes to minors, Juul Labs is providing more than $100 million in incentives to retailers to implement an electronic age-verification system. The point-of-sale software stops a purchase until the shopper scans in a driver’s license or other government ID. The system also restricts the quantity of product ordered. Read the full article.

MPhA Events

Register by Sept. 16 for Discounts: MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 3-4 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

We are pleased to present the agenda and speakers for this unique event as we bring together pharmacists, pharmacist students, pharmacy technicians, public health professionals and industry thought leaders for two days of cutting-edge programming and networking. Among the sessions and speakers:

  • World Café: Celebrate the Past and Envision Your Future (Keynote Session), with MPhA President Craig Else, PharmD, IntegraDose Compounding Services and Fairview Health Services
  • Clinical Pearls sessions include Interpreting Culture Results with Krista Gens, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, DPLA, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • A baker’s dozen of Roundtable sessions, including Dyslipidemia Guideline Updates and New Therapies, with Sean Stewart, PharmD, BCACP, Park Nicollet

You won’t want to miss our Awards Reception on Thursday evening! Join us to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Harold R. Popp Award, Bowl of Hygeia, Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, Excellence in Innovation Award, Pharmacy Technician Award and Pharmacy Advocate Award.

Register today!

Registration fees increase as of Sept. 17.

Thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors!

Lunch Sponsor: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Coffee Sponsor: National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Silver Sponsors: Amgen • Anda • Arkray USA, Inc. • AstraZeneca Diabetes • Lilly USA, LLC • Merck Vaccines • Novo Nordisk • Upsher Smith Laboratories
Exhibitors: Abbvie • Allergan • Amgen • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals • Gilead Sciences • IntegraDose Compounding • Janssen Neuroscience/Johnson & Johnson • McKesson • Merck & Co., Inc. • Minnesota Board of Pharmacy • Minnesota Department of Health • Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance • Pharmacists Mutual Companies • SpartanNash • Tabula Rasa Healthcare

Sponsorship opportunities are going quickly — don’t miss out!


MPhA Virtual Coffee Break Webinar: Creating Transparency — New Minnesota PBM Licensure and Regulation Law; Advances in Drug Price Transparency

Wednesday, September 25 • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Online Webinar

In the 2019 legislative session, MPhA and the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance passed bills that allow pharmacists to practice at the top of their training. The legislature also enacted the first comprehensive set of prescription drug price transparency laws. In this webinar, we will discuss one piece of legislation that has the potential to assist in bringing transparency to PBM fees. It is important that all pharmacists are aware of the new legislation and how they can impact change in our payment models.

Presenters: Our presenters are Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance Lobbyist Buck Humphrey and MPhA Public Affairs Committee Co-chairs Jeff Lindoo and Tony Post.

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

Continuing Education: This presentation is being submitted to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy for Continuing Education credit approval (one hour).

Register Now!


APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Sunday, September 29 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul • Registration Closes in One Week!

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 13 — register today!

The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.

This certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online final assessment; and hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.

Our faculty members are John Creasy, RPh; Laurie Deegan, RPh; and Melanie Schwartz, RPh; all are with Fairview Pharmacy Services.

Register Now!


APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate Training Program

Friday, November 1 • 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • 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. Certificate training program (3rd Edition) presents a systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining MTM services. It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully, and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice settings.

Our faculty members are Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Specialist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and Michelle A. Johnson, PharmD, BCACP, Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services.

Register Now!

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

October 8 • MPhA Town Hall • St. Cloud

October 10 • MPhA Town Hall • Duluth

October 15 • MPhA Town Hall • Alexandria

October 22 • MPhA Town Hall • Rochester

November 3 • MPhA Town Hall • Mora

November 7 • MPhA Town Hall • Grand Rapids

February 20, 2020 • Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

In this Issue

News from MPhA

Mission Moment

Minnesota News

MDH Will Receive Nearly $4 Million to Combat Opioid Abuse

COP Hosts Homecoming Pre-game Reception

SAPh Alumni Social Networking and Connections Event

National News

New Tool to Help Pharmacists Reduce Fall Risks for Older Adults

Preparing for Back-to-School and Allergic Reactions

Treating Diabetes Distress Brings Dramatic Improvements

Juul Introduces Checkout System to Combat Underage Purchases


Upcoming Events

APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program
September 29, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

MPhA Annual Learning and Networking Event
October 3 - 4, 2019

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate Training Program
November 1, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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