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September 13, 2019

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

COP Class of 2023 Gets White Jackets

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy held its annual White Coat ceremony on Sept. 6. The class of 2023 are the health care leaders of tomorrow.

Class of 2023 White Coat Ceremony

Become an Advocate for Pharmacists in Minnesota: Join the MPhA Public Affairs Committee!

The MPhA Public Affairs Committee needs several new members. Join co-chairs Tony Post and Jeff Lindoo in developing legislative priorities for the 2020 session of the Minnesota Legislature and beyond; help to monitor legislative and regulatory activities; review bills introduced and provide guidance to staff.

Additionally, the MPhA Editorial Advisory Committee could use more members to review the direction of our journal, newsletter, website and social media channels.

Learn more about all of our committees and show your interest now!

Flip the Pharmacy Project Seeks Minnesota Pharmacies

With support from the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF), Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network of Minnesota (CPESN-Minnesota) is recruiting 30 agile Minnesota Pharmacies for the new Flip the Pharmacy Program. Pharmacists are part of the health care solution. If your pharmacy is interested, email

Minnesota Pharmacy Practice-based Research Network

The Minnesota Pharmacy Practice-based Research Network (PBRN) Guidance and Oversight Board met on Aug. 29. This year, the board consists of: Jon Schommer, Sarah Derr, Marsha Millonig, Oscar Garza, Brian Isetts, and Val Cremin. The group discussed interest in monitoring trends in (1) the pharmacy workforce (including career pathways and staff well-being), (2) pharmacy locations and access, (3) pharmacy economics, and (4) patients' experiences with medications (such as access to pain medications).

The projects underway during 2019-2020 include:

  • An Evaluation of the Spread and Scale of PatientToc from Primary Care to Community Pharmacies for the Collection of Patient Reported Outcomes (Funded by AHRQ 2019-2022), with researchers Margie Snyder, Betty Chewning, David Kreling and Jon Schommer
  • Depression and Anxiety Assessment Using PCSQ and PHQ-4 (Funded by Peters Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation, Chapman University, and IConnect Health, 2019-2020), with researcher Paul Tieger
  • Medication Experiences of African American Women with Chronic Kidney Disease (Funded by Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2019-2020), with researcher Lisa Hillman
  • Creating the First Multi-State Rural Community Pharmacy Research Network: RURAL-CP (Funded by Eshelman Institute for Innovation, 2019-2021), with researcher Delesha Carpenter
  • E-Prescribing Trends in Pharmacy, with researchers Terry Adam and Mike Lessard


Minnesota News

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

CDC Releases 2019-20 Flu Vaccine Recommendations

From National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, Sept. 5: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its influenza vaccine recommendations in the August 23 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This report reviews information about the upcoming influenza season, including:

  • Outlining the available influenza vaccine products (Inactivated, recombinant, dosages, etc.)
  • Changes and updates from the 2018-2019 seasons
  • Specific group recommendations (children, elderly, patients with specific complications, travelers, timing of administration)
  • Storage, handling, and administration overview

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also made several recommendations for the vaccine in children, including:

  • Both inactivated influenza vaccine and live attenuated influenza vaccine can be options for children.
  • All pediatric influenza vaccines will be quadrivalent vaccines, and the age indication has been expanded for use in those ages 6 months and older.
  • New formulations of licensed influenza vaccines with a volume of 0.5 mL per dose have been approved for children ages 6 months through 36 months. Children 6 months through 35 months may now receive either the 0.25 or 0.5 mL dose, with no preference. Older children should continue receiving the 0.5 mL dose.

Read the full CDC recommendations.

FDA Issues Warning Letter to JUUL

From Pharmacy Times, Sept. 9: The FDA has issued a letter to JUUL Labs Inc., requesting more information about the company's outreach and marketing practices of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and related products. The letter specified concerns around marketing targeted at students. The FDA also issued a simultaneous warning letter regarding JUUL's marketing and advertising practices.

The warning letter cited several statements examined during a July 2019 Congressional hearing on JUUL products. According to the testimony, a JUUL representative speaking with students at a school made statements that identified JUUL products as "much safer than cigarettes," and that a student "should mention JUUL to his [nicotine-addicted] friend...because that's a safer alternative than smoking cigarettes, and it would be better for the kid to use." Read the full article.

Medication Safety Tip: Improving Data Entry

From Alliance for Patient Medication Safety, Sept. 3: Pharmacies are encouraged to have Quality Assurance discussion and workflow reviews that focus on the following:

  • Data entry work-arounds and shortcuts that have been eliminated due to the safe redesign
  • Data entry simplification
  • Employee awareness of high alert medications
  • Other undescribed contributing actors that can or have resulted in data entry error (e.g. interruptions and distractions)

For more information, or to get your Medication Safety and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program started, go to or give APMS® a call at (866)365-7472!

For Cybersecurity, Size Doesn’t Matter

From Pharmacy Practice News, Aug. 5: Small pharmacies, whether focused on specialty, home infusion or other trade channel, should not believe that because of their size, they are not at risk for cyber threats. Speaking at the MHA 2019 Business Summit, the director of small business education at the National Cyber Security Alliance said that organizations without the finances and on-site information technology expertise to ensure the security of their data and assets may have internal weaknesses that make them more prone to having high-value health care information reach the wrong hands. Read the full article.

MPhA Events

Get Your Hotel Room Today! MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 3-4 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Today is the final day to secure your hotel room at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest for our ALNE event! Book your room now.

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:

  • Well-being and Resiliency: Learning to Surf (Keynote Session), with Amanda Brummel, PharmD, BCACP, VP for Clinical Services, Fairview
  • Pharmacy Practice Management sessions include Reimbursement
    Challenges: Strategies and Updates with Jason Miller, PharmD, Clinical Program Manager, Coborn’s; Jeff Lindoo, BS Pharm, MPhA Past President; Buck Humphrey, Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance Lobbyist; and Chad Hope, PharmD, Deputy Director of Purchasing and Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • A baker’s dozen of Roundtable sessions, including Fad Diets/Nutrition Interactions with Medication, with Anna Henry, MPH, RD, LD, CDE, Fairview

Don’t 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 after Monday, Sept. 16.

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. 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 Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate Training Program

Friday, November 1 • 8 a.m.-5 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 5 • MPhA Town Hall • Grand Rapids

November 13 • MPhA Long-Acting Injectables Conference • MPhA Offices, St. Paul

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

In this Issue

Mission Moments

COP Class of 2023 Gets White Jackets

Become an Advocate for Pharmacists in Minnesota: Join the MPhA Public Affairs Committee!

Flip the Pharmacy Project Seeks Minnesota Pharmacies

Minnesota Pharmacy Practice-based Research Network

Minnesota News

COP Hosts Homecoming Pre-game Reception

SAPh Alumni Social Networking and Connections Event

National News

CDC Releases 2019-20 Flu Vaccine Recommendations

FDA Issues Warning Letter to JUUL

Medication Safety Tip: Improving Data Entry

For Cybersecurity, Size Doesn’t Matter

Upcoming Events

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break
September 25, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MPhA Annual Learning and Networking Event
October 3 - 4, 2019
Book Your Hotel Room Today!

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Mgmt. Services – Twin Cities
November 1, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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