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Small Doses

March 6

News from MPhA

Mission Moments

Pharmacists Raise Funds for Scholarships

On Saturday, Feb. 29, 40 MPhA members and their guests raised funds for student scholarships offered through the Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation. A fun wine pairing dinner at Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club was enjoyed by all. Scholarship recipients Hayley Kytta and Patty Maglalang (shown with Linnea Forsell, center, in the bottom photo) were also able to attend the event. Scholarship winner Brandon Anderson was unable to attend. This was a unique year — nearly half of those who attended were sponsored students. Many thanks to those who contributed to the Foundation!


Schondelmeyer Featured on KARE-11 about COVID-19

Several health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are encouraging consumers to be sure they have sufficient supplies of prescription medications to be able to withstand a possible outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). But as MPhA member Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer pointed out as part of a news story on KARE-11 TV on Feb. 28, that can be easier said than done.

Dr. Schondelmeyer said, “You should at least make sure you have a full month supply and, when possible, talk to your doctor and your pharmacist and see if you can get a 90-day supply.”

He added, “We do need to appeal to the Medicaid program [and] the Medicare program to see if they couldn’t allow a 90-day supply in the next 6-12 months so people can stay stocked up and have drugs available.” View/read the full article.


Wagner Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Carston Wagner, PhD, has been named the recipient of a 2019-20 University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education. Those who receive this award are designated Distinguished University Teaching Professors and become members of the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Read the full news release.


MPhA Needs Your Help

2020 Board of Directors Nominations: Apply Now!

The MPhA Leadership and Nominating Committee is looking for members who are interested to serve on the Board of Directors and begin a 2-year term in June 2020. We need the best skills, passion and varied perspectives to build an energetic, inclusive and strategic governing board.

Serving on the MPhA Board of Directors is an opportunity to provide leadership and direction to the association as we strive to meet our mission: Serving Minnesota pharmacists to advance patient care. With health reform implementation rapidly underway, it is a very exciting time to be at the table to discuss the changes that are occurring and help chart the course for the profession.

The deadline for submitting your nomination is March 15, 2020.


Help Us Recognize Today’s Leaders in Pharmacy: Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award

Sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies, the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award recognizes a young pharmacist who has distinguished themself in the field of pharmacy. This award is presented at the MPhA Annual Learning Networking Conference in October, but you may submit your nomination any time before July 1. The criteria for this award include:

  • Entry level degree in pharmacy received less than ten years ago.
  • The person practices community, institutional, managed care or consulting pharmacy in the year selected.
  • The person participates in national pharmacy associations, professional programs, state association activities and/or community service.

Submit a nomination today


Do the Write Thing

Has your pharmacy created an innovative practice idea that benefits your patients? Are you doing research or have special interest or knowledge about some aspect of pharmacy that you are ready to share with your fellow MPhA members? Do you have news to share about MPhA members and their achievements? Help us spread the news about the good work that our members are doing across Minnesota! We are always on the lookout for articles for our Small Doses weekly e-newsletter as well as our quarterly Minnesota Pharmacist journal. Articles for the e-newsletter are typically 75-200 words, while articles for the journal can be up to 1,500 words. Send material to Communication Director Laurie Pumper at lauriep@mpha.org. Laurie can also answer questions about topics, format and deadlines.

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Minnesota News

MDH Now Able to Test for COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that as of March 2, it is able to test patients for possible novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. MDH also provided guidance to health care facilities for patient screening and assessment. Read the full health advisory. No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Minnesota as of March 5, although two students from the University of Minnesota are in self-quarantine and eight cases are pending test results.
Related: Can a vaccine help fight COVID-19?


CIDRAP Offers COVID-19 Resource Center

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota has created a website devoted to disseminating accurate information about COVID-19. The Novel Coronavirus Resource Center “provides a deep well of information for public health experts, business preparedness leaders, government officials and the public.”

National News

Pharmacy Groups Urge “Fundamental Reshaping” of Health Care Vertical Merger Policy

From National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, Feb. 27: The Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, American Pharmacists Association, American Society for Consultant Pharmacists, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Community Pharmacy Association have collectively urged “reinvigorated and reimagined antitrust enforcement policy” in joint comments submitted on Feb. 27 to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

Earlier this year, the agencies proposed new guidelines for determining how to evaluate and whether to approve potential mergers seeking to combine companies that don’t compete with one another but operate in the same supply chain.

Citing the recent CVS Health/Aetna and Cigna/Express Scripts mergers as well as the OptumRx affiliation with UnitedHealthcare, the pharmacy groups report that vertical consolidation in the pharmacy sector has yielded significant anticompetitive effects without promised improvements in cost or quality of care. Read the full joint com ments document.


Pharmacy Groups File Amicus Brief Supporting State-level PBM Regulation

From National Community Pharmacists Association, March 2: The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and every state pharmacy association in the U.S. have filed an amicus brief supporting states' rights to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) ahead of the landmark case, Rutledge v. the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, set to be heard by the Supreme Court on April 27, 2020. Attorneys General from 44 states, including Minnesota, also signed on to the brief. Read the full news release.


Prescription Drug Shortages Likely, Due to COVID-19

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) says it’s likely we will see more prescription drug shortages as the novel coronavirus spreads. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the first shortage recently due to production issues in China.

APhA Executive VP and CEO Thomas Menighan advised consumers to be prepared and not to panic, “Most medicines have alternatives. Knowing what those alternatives are is an important thing for consumers to know.”

The APhA would like to see the U.S. become more self-sufficient in drug production. About 80% of the ingredients in U.S. medicines come from other countries. Read or view the full story.


What Are Your Working Conditions Like?

Participate in a Study from Purdue University
From Pharmacy Learning Network, accessed Feb. 11: What are working conditions like in community/retail pharmacies? A research team from Purdue University is researching community/retail pharmacists’ working conditions and pharmacists’ suggestions to improve working conditions. If you are interested in participating, please follow the link at the end of this article to fill out the survey. No identifiable information will be collected.

Anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to complete the survey by following the link below (or copying and pasting into your browser):
1. Currently hold an active license as a pharmacist (NOT a technician) in the United States
2. Currently (or within the past 6 months) practice in the community/retail pharmacy setting
3. At least 18 years old

  • Please do not complete this survey while at work.
  • This project has been approved by Purdue University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Comments on this article will not be included in the study. The only way to participate in the study is to fill out the survey.
  • The deadline for completing the survey is March 18, 2020.

Survey link: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cILkeMk1HO0rUbP


What Are Your Views on Advancing Pharmacy Technician Practice?

Participate in a Study from the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy

Allison Dering-Anderson of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy is working with a fourth-year pharmacy student to learn about views on advancing pharmacy technician practice. Your answers to ten quick questions will be very useful.

MPhA Events

Register Now! MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Minnesota Medication Repository Program

Medication repositories can reduce medication waste while also helping patients receive medications they otherwise couldn’t afford. This presentation will review what medication repositories are, and what the journey to implementing one for the state of Minnesota has been.

Rowan Mahon is the founder of the Minnesota Medication Repository Program (MMRP). She is also a recent Master's of Public Health, and Master's of Health Informatics graduate from the University of Minnesota (2019) and a current fourth year pharmacy student who is set to graduate in May 2020. As a student, she led the charge to change state laws to allow for a medication repository program to exist within Minnesota. It took two legislative sessions — but language passed in the 2019 session and since then Rowan has created the MMRP and is in the process of implementation.

Register Now!


Register Now! APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Friday, May 8 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Facilitators: Jordan Wolf, PharmD, and Michelle Johnson, PharmD, BCACP • St. Paul

Join us for the next MTM certificate program in May. This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. Seats are limited, so register today!

APhA’s Delivering 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.

Learn more and register now!


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.


MSHP and MPhA Joint CE Event: Central Minnesota Resident Clinical Pearls 2020

Thursday, April 2, 5-7:30 p.m. • Courtyard by Marriott, St. Cloud

MPhA is pleased to partner with the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists to present Central Minnesota Resident Clinical Pearls. MPhA members may attend at no cost.

RSVP now!


Save the Dates: MPhA Events

April 7 • MPhA Town Hall: Long-Acting Injectables • Brainerd area
May 21 • MPhA Town Hall: Long-Acting Injectables • Grand Rapids area
June 10 • MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates • Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville
June 16 • MPhA Town Hall: Long-Acting Injectables • Alexandria area
Sept. 8 • MPhA Town Hall: Long-Acting Injectables • Southwest Minnesota
Sept. 13 • MPhA Town Hall: Long-Acting Injectables • Mora area
Sept. 15 • MPhA Town Hall: Long-Acting Injectables • Duluth area

Other Events of Interest

March 19-21 APhA Annual Meeting • National Harbor, MD

Read more about how APhA is taking cautionary steps to prepare attendees for safe travel to the area

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/

June 12-14 Association of Asthma Educators Conference • Radisson Blu, Mall of America, Bloomington

The Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) is a national organization that is working to involve more pharmacists in its work. This year’s annual conference is in Minnesota, making it easier for MPhA members to participate. AAE is currently inviting submission of research/project poster abstracts related to any aspect of asthma diagnosis, management, education, reimbursement or billing for asthma education. The deadline for submission is April 15.

In this Issue

News from MPhA

Mission Moments

Pharmacists Raise Funds for Scholarships

Schondelmeyer Featured on KARE-11 about COVID-19

Wagner Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

MPhA Needs Your Help

2020 Board of Directors Nominations: Apply Now!

Help Us Recognize Today’s Leaders in Pharmacy: Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award

Do the Write Thing

Minnesota News

MDH Now Able to Test for COVID-19

CIDRAP Offers COVID-19 Resource Center

National News

Pharmacy Groups Urge “Fundamental Reshaping” of Health Care Vertical Merger Policy

Pharmacy Groups File Amicus Brief Supporting State-level PBM Regulation

Prescription Drug Shortages Likely, Due to COVID-19

What Are Your Working Conditions Like?

What Are Your Views on Advancing Pharmacy Technician Practice?


MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Minnesota Medication Repository Program

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

MTM Academy Networking Social

MSHP and MPhA Joint CE Event: Central Minnesota Resident Clinical Pearls 2020

Save the Date: MPhA Events


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