MPhA News

Small Doses

November 15, 2019

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

Pharmacy Resident Receives APhA Foundation Grant

Ally KingsburyCongratulations to GuidePoint Pharmacy’s resident, Ally Kingsbury, for being awarded one of this year’s recipients of the APhA Foundation Incentive Grant! Way to go, Ally, and thanks to Sarah Jonjak for her help in writing the grant submission.

Ally Kingsbury of GuidePoint Pharmacy with her notification of the APhA Foundation Incentive Grant.


MPhA Leaders Quoted in Publications across U.S.

The Associated Press picked up a report from Minnesota Public Radio last week, in which MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr and Past President Randy Seifert responded to news of HealthPartners’ planned closure of outpatient pharmacies. Because of that, news outlets across Minnesota and elsewhere, ranging from KVRR-TV in Fargo to the Sacramento Bee in California and the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina ran the news.


Generation Rx Hosts Drug Take-back Event

Generation Rx is hosting a prescription drug take-back event in partnership with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Minnesota Police Department. The event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. For more information, please contact the coordinators: Brianna, Maggie or McKenzie.


Help Create More Mission Moments with a Donation to Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation

Minnesota Pharmasicst AssociationThanks to all who donated to the Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation yesterday on Give to the Max Day! It’s not too late to make a donation at http://www.mnpharmacists.org/donate/. Your gifts help to provide scholarships for deserving students and support patient care projects. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization; your tax-deductible contributions help us support the next generation of pharmacists. Don't forget, if you shop on Amazon, you can use Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and select the Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation as your charity. Whenever you buy through Amazon, the Foundation will benefit at no cost to you!


APMS

Minnesota News

Learning Health Care Network Aims to Connect Greater Minnesota

From University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs website, accessed Nov. 12: The health disparity between rural and urban Minnesotans continues to grow. To bridge the gap, cross-disciplinary researchers from the University of Minnesota are working to develop a learning health care network to address the lack of access to research and education in Greater Minnesota.

The Duluth campus Medical School, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Nursing and Clinical and Translational Science Institute are working with rural communities to direct research and clinical questions, and educational needs. The learning health care network will initially encompass up to 20 rural sites associated with the Rural Medical Scholars Program, Summer Internship in Medicine, Rural Physician Associate Program, in addition to Native American clinics and community representatives over time. Read the full story.

MDH Continues Hepatitis A Measures

From Minnesota Public Radio website, accessed Nov. 13: Minnesota Health Department (MDH) officials say they continue to monitor and take preventative measures against an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state. As of Nov. 8, 49 cases had been reported in 16 Minnesota counties.

There have been 35 hospitalizations as a result, but no deaths. It's part of a national outbreak that began in 2016, according to Kris Ehresmann, the Department of Health's director for infectious disease. "We are continuing to see cases in the highest risk groups, which are people who use injection or non-injection drugs, people who are homeless or unstably housed and people who have been or were recently incarcerated,” she said. “And those groups tend to be more mobile." Read the full report.


National News

Voluntary Recalls on NDMA in Zantac

From U.S. Food & Drug Administration website, accessed Nov. 12: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting patients and health care professionals about two voluntary recalls of ranitidine. Amneal voluntarily recalled prescription ranitidine hydrochloride tablets (150mg and 300mg) and ranitidine syrup (15mg/mL) manufactured by Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC. These medications contain unacceptable levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). American Health Packaging also voluntarily recalled eight lots of ranitidine syrup (150 mg/10 mL) liquid unit dose cups, manufactured by Lannett Company.

FDA has advised companies to recall their ranitidine if testing shows levels of NDMA above the acceptable daily intake (96 nanograms per day or 0.32 parts per million for ranitidine). The agency posted the results of its testing of ranitidine samples and has asked companies to conduct their own laboratory testing. Read the full notice.

MPhA Events

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

January 16-18, 2020Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum • Deep Portage Learning Center, Hackensack
February 7-9, 2020Midwest Pharmacy Expo • Hilton Des Moines Downtown, Des Moines, Iowa
February 20, 2020 • Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul
February 28, 2020 • Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation Wine Dinner • Lilydale Yacht Club, Lilydale

In this Issue

Mission Moments

Pharmacy Resident Receives APhA Foundation Grant

MPhA Leaders Quoted in Publications across U.S.

Generation Rx Hosts Drug Take-back Event

Help Create More Mission Moments with a Donation to Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation

Minnesota News

Learning Health Care Network Aims to Connect Greater Minnesota

MDH Continues Hepatitis A Measures

National News

Voluntary Recalls on NDMA in Zantac


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