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This webinar will review how to establish a telepharmacy in Minnesota. A telepharmacy is a remote pharmacy that provides pharmaceutical services to medically underserved communities who do not otherwise have access to a "brick-and-mortar" pharmacy. This session will review the Minnesota laws and rules involved with establishing a telepharmacy, how to apply for a variance, and describe the provisions recommended in the Board of Pharmacy's Guidance Concerning Approval of Telepharmacies.

After this Webinar, Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of a telepharmacy
  • Understand the purpose of a variance
  • Describe the variances required to establish a telepharmacy
  • List the recommended provisions of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy guidance document
  • Describe other considerations necessary for establishing a telepharmacy


Heather L. Bibeau, PharmD, RPh, Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Services, Bigfork Valley Hospital

Dr. Heather Bibeau lives in rural Grand Rapids and is the Director of Outpatient Pharmacy services alongside her twin sister, Dr. Sara Elioff, the Director of Inpatient Pharmacy services at Bigfork Valley Hospital in Bigfork, MN. Heather has a background in community and long-term care pharmacy practice. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology from the College of Saint Scholastica and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Duluth in 2010. She oversees participation in the 340B program as a contract pharmacy and the operation of three telepharmacies in rural Minnesota as the pharmacist-in-charge. She also serves as a consultant pharmacist for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. She is dedicated to spreading awareness and preventing prescription drug abuse in her community. She began a drug take-back program at Bigfork Valley Hospital and educational discussions with the community and high school students. Most recently, she held an at-large position on the board of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association and is an active member. She is also the coordinator of the Grand Rapids Area Pharmacists (GRAPh) group and provides educational opportunities to her peers. She has a passion for mentoring and precepting future pharmacists.

Registration Fees:

The Webinar is complimentary to MPhA members (including students and residents) thanks to an educational grant from CoverMyMeds.

The cost is $25 for nonmembers.

Continuing Education:

This presentation is being submitted to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy for Continuing Education credit approval (one hour).

To receive Board of Pharmacy credits for this program the following must be completed:

  • Full participation/completion of webinar either during the live program or the archived presentation

  • Completion of survey post webinar acknowledging participation

Board of Pharmacy credit processing takes place on the 15th of each month.

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Questions? Please contact karip@ewald.com with questions about credits.

Please contact jessicag@ewald.com with any technical questions or issues.

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