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February 7

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Legislative Day

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

Are you ready to make a difference to advocate for your professional interests and for pharmacy’s interests to advance patient care? Come to Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day and learn how! Even if you have never talked with, called or written your legislators before, this event will give you the tools you need to do so! Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is the one annual event that represents the voice of all pharmacy settings in Minnesota for legislators, the governor and other policy makers!

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Mission Moments

MPhA Members to Receive APhA Awards

Philip Portoghese, PhD, and James Cloyd, PharmD, both with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, will be honored at the American Pharmacists Association 2020 Academy Awards during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland in March. Dr. Portoghese will receive the Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences; the award recognizes and encourages outstanding, meritorious achievement in any of the pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Cloyd will receive the Tyler Prize for Stimulation of Research, recognizing an individual for encouraging research by peers, students, fellows, residents and others via publications or by directing research, serving as a preceptor or mentoring in any discipline of the pharmaceutical sciences.


MPhA Member to Receive National Kidney Foundation Award

Dr. Wendy St. Peter Dr. Wendy St. Peter has received the National Kidney Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award for her advancements in the lives of patients at the local level through education activities and community services. Congratulations!

More information can be found here.


Help Us Recognize Today’s Leaders in Pharmacy

Harold R. Popp Award

Sponsored by MPhA, the Harold R. Popp Award was established in 1969 in honor of the late Senator Harold Popp to recognize one pharmacist annual for outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy. This is the highest honor bestowed by the association. This award is presented at the MPhA Annual Learning Networking Conference in October, but you may submit your nomination any time before July 1.


MPhA Needs Your Help

Professional & Organizational Affairs Committee: Have a Say in Legislative Issues, MPhA Bylaws

MPhA’s Professional and Organizational Affairs Committee is looking for co-chairs to serve in the 2020 and 2021 committee cycle year. This committee is working on a variety of professional and organizational issues to ensure that we are implementing legislation and providing guidance to the organization to continue to improve and follow the MPhA bylaws. If you are interested in co-chairing this committee, please contact sarahd@mpha.org. If you would like more information on the time commitment or what this role looks like, please contact Anita Sharma at asharma3@fairview.org.


Editorial Advisory Committee Co-chair: Help Identify Topics and Authors for Our Publications

The MPhA Editorial Advisory Committee seeks a co-chair for the 2020 (and perhaps 2021) committee cycle. Please contact sarahd@mpha.org if you are interested. The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for next week — Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m.

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Minnesota News

Statewide Full-Scale POD Exercise this Summer

From an email sent by Ramsey County Medical Reserve Corps, Dec. 31: On June 17, 2020, every public health agency in Minnesota will conduct a Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise. Just as in 2015, Ramsey County Medical Reserve Corps will be looking for volunteers to make this event a success. Possible roles include:
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  1. Greeting and directing individuals who enter the POD ("triage")
  2. Assisting individuals in completing a screening form ("screening")
  3. Reviewing forms for completeness and dispensing appropriate medication ("dispensing")
  4. Walking through the site yourself (as an actor)
  5. Helping with logistics (set up and tear down) the day of the exercise

Get more information from the Ramsey County website.


Minnesota DHS Uses Nicotine Treatment for Those in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

From Minnesota Department of Human Services, Feb. 4: A pilot study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services has demonstrated the value of including nicotine treatment as part of treatment for substance use disorders. Not only can it reduce nicotine dependence, it can improve overall outcomes for people in substance use disorder treatment. Not only did this pilot study find that patients were more likely to quit smoking, but that they were also more likely to complete substance use disorder treatment. Read more here.

National News

FDA Investigates Nitrosamines in Medications

From U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Jan. 27: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating several potentially cancer-causing substances, called nitrosamines, recently found in some drugs, including those used to treat elevated blood pressure, heartburn, and acid reflux. Some of these drugs from certain manufacturers – including angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), ranitidine, and nizatidine – have been recalled because of nitrosamine impurities. The FDA knows this is a concern.

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Patient safety is the FDA’s top priority. Consumers taking nonprescription ranitidine or nizatidine can consider using other over-the-counter (OTC) products to treat their condition and discuss with their pharmacist. Concerned that your medications might contain nitrosamines? Keep taking your medications and talk to your provider. 

FDA is working with manufacturers to investigate the source of nitrosamines in drugs and whether they pose risks to human health. Have questions? Call FDA, 1-855-543-DRUG. Visit the FDA’s website for additional details.


The New York Times Reports on the Chaos in Community Pharmacies

From The New York Times, Jan. 31: Chaos in community pharmacies is putting patients at risk according to an article from the New York Times. The author of this article highlights testimonials from pharmacists on the working conditions and pressures they receive from their places of employment. Pharmacists report working long 13-hours days without time for breaks and pressure to meet unfair metrics which in turn lead to more mistakes. The article also presents patient testimonials in incidences where wrong medications have been dispensed and even in once case resulting in death. Read Full Article.


APhA Announces New CEO Appointment

Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, has been named the 13th CEO of the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Knoer will be leaving his post as the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Ceveland Clinic to assume his new role on July 1, 2020. Dr. Knoer will succeed Thomas Menighan who has been the CEO/EVP of APhA for the past 11 years and will be retiring. Current APhA President Brad Tice, PharmD, FAPhA, states, “Scott brings a tremendous track record of leadership and organizational growth that will help drive APhA and the profession forward.” Read Full Article.


Trump administration declares coronavirus emergency, orders first quarantine in 50 years

The Trump administration has declared coronavirus outbreak to be a public health emergency as of Jan. 31 enacting quarantine of Americans who have recently travelled to certain parts of China. Officials from the CDC stated it is the first quarantine in the U.S. since smallpox in the 1960s. Alex Azar, the secretary of Health and Human Services reassures citizens that, “The risk of infection for Americans remains low,” and that, “We are working to keep the risk low.”  Read more here. According to CNN, the coronavirus outbreak has now killed at least 492 people and infected more than 24,500 globally. Follow CNN’s updates here.

MPhA Events

Register TODAY for Discount! Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day

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

Are you ready to make a difference to advocate for your professional interests and for pharmacy’s interests to advance patient care? Come to Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day and learn how! Even if you have never talked with, called or written your legislators before, this event will give you the tools you need to do so!

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is the one annual event that represents the voice of all pharmacy settings in Minnesota for legislators, the governor and other policy makers! Register now! Get the early rate by registering on or before Friday, Feb. 7.

Register for a Sponsorship now!

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Celebrate Immunization Rally at State Capitol

From Minnesota Childhood Immunization Coalition, Jan. 27: Join in the celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 18, beginning at 11 a.m., for the state's biggest show of support for immunizations and their power to protect every Minnesota community from vaccine-preventable diseases. The event will feature speakers and music! Please consider volunteering as a member of the event team! Legislators hear from anti-vaxxers on a regular basis. Help balance the scales — RSVP to attend now. There is no cost to attend.


Student Health Fair at the Capitol

The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance will be hosting a health fair at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 18, beginning at 4pm. If you are interested in precepting or attending this event please contact Sarah Derr at sarahd@mpha.org.


MTM Academy Networking Social

Thursday, March 12, 5-7 p.m. • Utepils Brewery, Minneapolis

Join the MPhA’s MTM Academy for a super casual time to hang out with colleagues, network and make new friends. There's no registration, and no charge to attend. Come when you can, leave when you want. Meet us at Utepils Brewery, 225 Thomas Ave N #700, Minneapolis, Minn., 55405 on Thursday, March 12, any time between 5 and 7 p.m. If you have questions, contact organizers Molly Ekstrand or Emily Kirkwold.


Save the Dates: MPhA Events

February 29 (Please note date change) • Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation Wine Dinner • Lilydale Yacht Club, Lilydale
June 10 • MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates • Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

Other Events of Interest

February 18 • Immunization Action Coalition’s Celebrate Immunization Rally • State Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul
February 28 • UMN COP and Medical School Rare Disease Day • McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis
March 19-21 APhA Annual Meeting • National Harbor, MD
April 6-9Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding EduCon • Denver, CO
April 23-26Independent Pharmacy Conference 2020 • Huntington Beach, CA
June 11-12 • University of Minnesota Biennial Pharmacogenomics Conference • TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota will host a two-day conference on June 11-12 that will highlight successful implementation pathways and examples that are critical for pharmacists’ and other clinicians’ success in clinical pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the science of how an individual’s genetic background affects response to medications. The field has left the research realm to emerge as an important tool for clinical care. Get more info and register now at https://pgx2020.umn.edu/

In this Issue

News from MPhA

MPhA Legislative Day

Mission Moments

MPhA Members to Receive APhA Awards

MPhA Member to Receive National Kidney Foundation Award

Help Us Recognize Today’s Leaders in Pharmacy

Harold R. Popp Award

MPHA Needs Your Help

Professional & Organizational Affairs Committee: Have a Say in Legislative Issues, MPhA Bylaws

Editorial Advisory Committee Co-chair: Help Identify Topics and Authors for Our Publications

Minnesota News

Statewide Full-Scale POD Exercise this Summer

Minnesota DHS Uses Nicotine Treatment for Those in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

FDA Investigates Nitrosamines in Medications

The New York Times Reports on the Chaos in Community Pharmacies

APhA Announces New CEO Appointment

Trump administration declares coronavirus emergency, orders first quarantine in 50 years


Register TODAY for Discount! Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day

Celebrate Immunization Rally at State Capitol

Student Health Fair at the Capitol

MTM Academy Networking Social

Upcoming MPhA Events


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