MPhA News

Small Doses

September 27, 2019

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

MPhA Joins Alliance to Address the Opioid Epidemic

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota has added two more organizations to its alliance of leaders addressing the opioid epidemic in our state. The Minnesota Pharmacists Association and the Minnesota Retailers Association will lend support to RALI’s work in elevating effective programs to combat the opioid crisis.

“Pharmacists see the effects of addiction every day and, as a community, we are committed to advancing solutions to the opioid epidemic,” said MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr. “RALI Minnesota is doing important work in the state to help those who are struggling with substance misuse and prevent more lives from being lost. We look forward to working with all of RALI Minnesota’s partners in the weeks and months ahead.” Read the full news release.


New University President Learns about Drug Repository

Student Pharmacist Rowan Mahon and Associate Dean Randy Seifert chatted with University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel on Sept. 18. Mahon shared information about her legislative advocacy work that will help launch a prescription drug repository in Minnesota to collect and help redistribute unused medications to people who are struggling to pay for prescriptions. The College of Pharmacy had a table at the university’s weekly farmers market as part of the Healthier Minnesota theme.

New University President Learns about Drug Repository


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!

APMS

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.


National News

USP Postpones Official Dates for Some Chapters

From National Community Pharmacists Association website, Sept. 23: After the National Community Pharmacists Assocation (NCPA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) expressed concerns with United States Pharmacopeia Chapters <795> and <797>, the organization announced it is postponing until further notice the official dates of the new chapters, as well as <825>.

Specifically, NCPA asked that USP reconsider beyond-use dating language in Chapter <797> because it would impede patient access to medically necessary compounded medications since pharmacists would not be permitted to extend BUDs even when direct scientific testing supports an extension. USP is a private organization that develops health and safety standards often adopted by state and federal regulators.

USP <800> will still go into effect Dec. 1, 2019. If you have questions about this may affect you, contact your local board of pharmacy. (And be sure to save the date for a Town Hall event near you.)


FDA Approves First Oral GLP-1 Receptor Agonist for Diabetes

From Healio.com, Sept. 20: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved oral semaglutide, the first noninjectable GLP-1 receptor agonist for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

The approval follows several large trials for oral semaglutide (Rybelsus, Novo Nordisk) that demonstrated the therapy was associated with superior HbA1c reductions vs. placebo (PIONEER 4), vs. the oral SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin (PIONEER 2; Jardiance, Boehringer Ingelheim) and vs. the oral DPP-IV inhibitor sitagliptin (PIONEER 3; Januvia, Merck). Oral semaglutide also provided significant weight loss at 52 weeks for participants with type 2 diabetes uncontrolled with metformin therapy. Read the full story.


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.


Pharmacists for Healthier Lives Encourages Immunization Education

The Pharmacists for Healthier Lives (PfHL) campaign has launched a new initiative aimed at educating the public about immunizations. The campaign encourages everyone to get their vaccinations and learn the facts from local pharmacists. MPhA member Todd Sorensen, PharmD, is among those featured in videos. Learn more about the campaign and watch “impact story” videos.

APMS


NCPA Annual Convention & Expo

October 26-29 • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention is the country’s premier event for community pharmacy owners and their teams. It’s where you can learn the best business practices, find the best services and products, keep up with the newest trends and developments, and share ideas with peers from all over the country. Check out the schedule and register.

MPhA Events

One Week Away! MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 3-4 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Join nearly 140 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 • Bristol-Myers Squibb • 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


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.
Understanding USP <800> and Potential Changes Coming for <795> and <797>

USP Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs was published in February 2016, with a twice-delayed implementation date. It’s now scheduled for implementation as of December 1, 2019. 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. Although implementation of these chapters has been delayed, learn more about what could be included.

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.

Understanding USP <800> and Potential Changes Coming for <795> and <797> • 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.

Understanding USP <800> and Potential Changes Coming for <795> and <797> • 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
November 14 • Fourth Annual Collaborative Meeting with AADE & MPhA • St. Paul, Rochester and Duluth
February 20, 2020 • Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

In this Issue

Mission Moments

MPhA Joins Alliance to Address the Opioid Epidemic

New University President Learns about Drug Repository

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

Minnesota News

COP Hosts Homecoming Pre-game Reception

National News

USP Postpones Official Dates for Some Chapters

FDA Approves First Oral GLP-1 Receptor Agonist for Diabetes

October Is American Pharmacists Month

Pharmacists for Healthier Lives Encourages Immunization Education

NCPA Annual Convention & Expo


Upcoming Events

One Week Away! 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.


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