MPhA News

Small Doses

September 20, 2019

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

COP Team Advances for ACCP 2019

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy team has advanced to round 4 at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, which will take place at the ACCP Annual Meeting Oct. 26-29 in New York City.

COP Team Advances for ACCP 2019


MPhA Executive Director Attends APhA Meeting

MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr was in Washington, D.C., earlier this week for the American Pharmacists Association/State Executives joint meeting. Over two days, participants discussed key topics facing pharmacy as well as advocacy.

MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr attended APhA's meeting in DC


Call for Volunteers: Join the MPhA Student and New Practitioner Committee!

Are you a current student pharmacist or a recent grad who is looking for ways to get involved in pharmacy beyond your job? MPhA’s Student and New Practitioner Committee is kicking off for the 2019-2020 year. You can join by updating your profile at the MPhA website or by emailing siril@mpha.org to be included in the monthly committee meetings.

The MPhA Public Affairs Committee needs a few 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 info@cpesn.com.

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Minnesota News

DHS Announces Appointments to Opioid Advisory Council

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced the members of the new Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council. The 19 members were chosen for their personal and professional experience with opioid addiction and its consequences. Katrina Howard, PharmD, of Minneapolis will represent the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy on the council. The group’s first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27. Read the full news release.


Minnesota’s Obesity Rate Rises

From Minnesota Department of Health news release, Sept. 12: Minnesota’s adult obesity rate rose from 28.4% in 2017 to 30.1% in 2018, putting more Minnesotans at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer and other serious health conditions.

The national adult obesity rate rose from 30.1% in 2017 to 30.9% in 2018, according to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to being a significant health concern, obesity is also a significant driver of health care costs. In Minnesota, 2017 health care costs due to obesity were estimated to be $3.2 billion.

“Obesity is more than just a health concern for individual Minnesotans – it’s a major challenge for the entire state,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “Addressing this challenge requires an individual and community-level response, including smart changes to our food and physical environments.” 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

Pharmacy Groups Applaud Senate Finance Committee’s Bipartisan Work to Relieve DIR Fees

From National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, Sept. 13: National pharmacy organizations once again applaud the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan effort to relieve DIR fees. Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Ron Wyden, and 23 members of the committee (over 80% of the committee) signed a letter send to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma urging them to “revive the pharmacy DIR reforms included in [CMS’] November 30, 2018 proposed rule, ‘Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses,’ (CMS-4180-P), and finalize them for plan year 2021.”

Eight pharmacy organizations joined this effort including the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Grocers Association and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. They stated: “This letter reflects the strong bipartisan recognition that pharmacy DIR fees must be stopped to prevent harm to patients and to the pharmacies that serve them — harm that is egregious and escalating. The Senate Finance Committee members stated clearly the importance of this issue to patients and to pharmacies; the concerns regarding Medicare Part D plan and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices; the economic factors that are necessary to consider when accurately evaluating the importance of DIR fee relief; and the policies that are necessary to deliver true reform.”

Related article from National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Related: Small Business Administration sends inquiry to CMS about DIR fees


World Pharmacists Day Is September 25

From International Pharmaceutical Federation website: As designated in 2009 by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council in Istanbul, Turkey, September 25 marks annual World Pharmacists Day. FIP encourages pharmacists to use this day to organize activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world.

"Safe and effective medicines for all” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day. The 2019 theme aims to promote pharmacists’ crucial role in safeguarding patient safety through improving medicines use and reducing medication errors. Learn more at the FIP website.


October Is American Pharmacists Month

From American Pharmacists Month website: We're less than a month away from American Pharmacists Month! APhA has released its 2019 materials at pharmacistsmonth.com. You can download free materials to use in your practice setting or community.

Let us know if you participate in American Pharmacists Month activities — especially if you have photos. Send information to Laurie Pumper at the MPhA office, or mention @minnpharmassoc on Twitter or Instagram. We may include information in an upcoming issue of Small Doses and/or share on our social media accounts.


Mint and Menthol Flavoring in e-Cigarettes May Be Harmful

From JAMA Internal Medicine, Sept. 16: Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified significant levels of the carcinogen pulegone—a constituent of oil extracts made from mint plants—in some flavored e-cigarette liquids and smokeless tobacco products marketed in the United States.

A study out of Duke University Medical School gauged the risk associated with pulegone by determining its margin of exposure (MOE), the metric used by FDA and other regulators to estimate cancer risk posed by food additives. Based on the numbers, the investigators believe that pulegone levels in mint- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco far exceed the MOE threshold of 10,000 that FDA considers unacceptable. Although the findings come with some limitations, the study authors conclude that the FDA should take a deeper look at pulegone content before recommending mint- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as alternatives to cigarettes.

MPhA Events

Just Two Weeks Away! MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 3-4 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Join nearly 120 people already registered for our biggest event of the year! We have a superb agenda and excellent speakers for this unique event — bringing 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:

  • Where’s the Interface with Public Health and Pharmacists’ Engagement in the Opioid and Substance Use Epidemic (General Session), with Brent Thompson, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, FirstLight Health System, and Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH, MAT, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth
  • Pharmacy Practice Management sessions include Transforming Community Pharmacy Practice for Collaborative Care and Value-based Payment Models with Randy McDonough, PharmD, MS, BCGP, BCPS, FAPhA, Co-owner, Director of Clinical Services, Towncrest Pharmacy
  • A baker’s dozen of Roundtable sessions, including 2019 Beers Criteria Update, with Jordan Wolf, PharmD, BCGP, LTC Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy

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!

Thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors!

Educational Grant Sponsor: Pfizer
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 • Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies • Lilly USA, LLC • Merck Vaccines • Novo Nordisk • Upsher Smith Laboratories
Exhibitors: Abbvie • Allergan • AmeriSourceBergen • 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 • Mylan • Pfizer Vaccines • Pharmacists Mutual Companies • Sharps Free • SpartanNash • Tabula Rasa Healthcare • Teva Pharmaceuticals

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

Register for a sponsorship now


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

Coming Next Week! 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 • 5-8 p.m.

Topic: Medical Cannabis

October 10 • MPhA Town Hall • Pickwick Restaurant Media Room, Duluth • 5-8 p.m.
December 1: Are You Ready for USP 795, 797 and 800?

USP Chapter 800 Hazardous Drugs was published in February 2016, with a twice-delayed implementation date. We will discuss the specific steps you need to take to be compliant — including the Assessment of Risk, facility requirements, personal protective equipment and staff training requirements. Major revisions of both USP Chapter 795 Nonsterile Compounding and USP Chapter 797 Sterile Compounding were published in June of this year. Significant revisions we will discuss include changes in categories of compounds, beyond-use dating, environment, sampling, and harmonization with USP Chapter 800. All three USP Chapters will be implemented (become enforceable!) on December 1, 2019.

Our speaker will be Denise M. Frank, BPharm, RPh, FACA. Denise is a registered pharmacist in Minnesota with a BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota; she is a fellow with the American College of Apothecaries (ACA). She has more than 30 years of experience as a pharmacist. She is the owner of Frank Consulting, LLC, and a Senior Associate with Gates Healthcare Associates. Her consulting is in the areas of pharmacy practice, technician training, compounding, USP 795/797/800, pharmacy accreditations and operational and regulatory compliance.

October 15 • MPhA Town Hall • Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria • 5-8 p.m.

Topic: December 1: Are You Ready for USP 795, 797 and 800? Speaker: Denise M. Frank (see description above)

October 22 • MPhA Town Hall • Rochester International Event Center, Rochester • 5-8 p.m.

Topic: Medical Cannabis

November 3 • MPhA Town Hall • Braham Event Center, Braham • 5-8 p.m.

Topic: December 1: Are You Ready for USP 795, 797 and 800? Speaker: Denise M. Frank (see description above)

November 5 • MPhA Town Hall • Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids • 5-8 p.m.

Topic: Medical Cannabis

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 Team Advances for ACCP 2019

MPhA Executive Director Attends APhA Meeting

Call for Volunteers: Join the MPhA Student and New Practitioner Committee!

Flip the Pharmacy Project Seeks Minnesota Pharmacies

Minnesota News

DHS Announces Appointments to Opioid Advisory Council

Minnesota’s Obesity Rate Rises

COP Hosts Homecoming Pre-game Reception

SAPh Alumni Social Networking and Connections Event

National News

Pharmacy Groups Applaud Senate Finance Committee’s Bipartisan Work to Relieve DIR Fees

World Pharmacists Day Is September 25

October Is American Pharmacists Month

Mint and Menthol Flavoring in e-Cigarettes May Be Harmful


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

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


Contact Us

Administrative Office
info@mpha.org

Executive Director
sarahd@mpha.org