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Entries for May 2015

FDA Releases Safety Communication Regarding Dose Confusion and Medication Errors for Antibacterial Drug Zerbaxa

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health care professionals about the risk for dosing errors with the antibacterial drug Zerbaxa® (ceftolozane and tazobactam) due to confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labeling. The vial label for Zerbaxa® was initially approved with a strength that reflects each individual active ingredient (e.g., 1 g/0.5 g); however, the product is dosed based on the sum of these ingredients (e.g., 1.5 g). To prevent future medication errors, the strength on the drug labeling has been revised to reflect the sum of the two active ingredients. Thus, one vial of Zerbaxa® will now list the strength as 1.5 g equivalent to ceftolozane 1 g and tazobactam 0.5 g.

Zerbaxa® is used to treat complicated infections in the urinary tract, or in combination with the antibacterial drug metronidazole to treat complicated infections in the abdomen. For more information, please visit the FDA Web site.

Posted in: Patient Safety
MDHHS Launches myHealthPortal for State-insured Patients

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has created two new tools for Medicaid, Children’s Special Health Care Service (CSHCS), Healthy Michigan Plan or MIChild members. The myHealthPortal is an online application that allows members to access their health care benefit information by computer. In addition, this information is accessible by phone via the myHealthButton® app (available on iPhone or Android).


Using these applications, members can:

  • View current health care coverage benefits
  • View, update and report other insurance changes
  • Search for fee-for-service and health plan providers
  • Create personal appointment reminders
  • And much more

MDHHS shared that the ability for members to update their insurance information directly through these applications is particularly valuable for those experiencing pharmacy access to care issues. This feature will allow members to terminate their pharmacy coverage immediately, allowing the pharmacy to dispense the member’s prescription without waiting for MDHHS review. The Department has put together a document, which can be downloaded online, that describes in detail the process by which members can end or remove their insurance coverage within these applications.

Posted in: Professional Practice
MPA Continuing Education Symposium to Offer 10 Hours of Live CE and Leelanau Peninsula Winery Tour

The MPA Continuing Education Symposium will be held Aug. 18-19 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. Continuing education (CE) programming on the latest in pharmacy will provide 10 hours of live CE credit.

The Continuing Education Symposium begins with registration at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and adjourns at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 19. At the end of this symposium, participants should be able to describe the future of pharmacy and implement strategies to affect pharmacy in their practice setting. Participants should also be able to identify areas related to pharmacy that would enhance their professional development as well as discuss at least one new therapeutic option revealed at this event.

After CE programming concludes on Wednesday, Aug. 19, attendees have the option of participating in a Leelanau Peninsula winery tour from 12:45-5 p.m. Discover Leelanau Peninsula, where cool-climate wines pair perfectly with local cuisine. The small peninsula is home to 25 wineries located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Experience, firsthand, the authentic taste of the peninsula in local wines that continue to achieve national and international accolades with each passing vintage.

Please watch the event page on the MPA Web site for more details on this upcoming opportunity to earn live CE! Registration will be available soon.

Posted in: Continuing Education
Pharmacists and Student Pharmacists: Sign-up for Immunization Training Next Month in Troy!

Registration is still available for the Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program scheduled for June 11 at Somerset Inn, Troy! Registrations must be received by Wednesday, June 3 in order to have adequate time to prepare for the live program. Registration is available online.


Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery is an innovative, intensive and practice-based continuing pharmacy education program, based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program also emphasizes a health care team approach and seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health.


The Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery certificate training program has three components: an online interactive self-study with assessment; a live seminar with online final assessment; and a hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.


Once registered, you will receive e-mail instructions on how to begin. Course material and exams will be accessed online. In order to participate in this activity, registrants must have access to a computer with minimum system requirements. For a full list of technology requirements, please visit


If you have any questions, please contact MPA Office Operations and Building Manager Cynthia Rowe at (517) 377-0222 or

Posted in: Continuing Education
Submit Nominations for Leadership Positions and Various Association Awards

MPA is currently accepting nominations for a variety of open leadership positions as well as annual Association awards. Read through the information below and click on the links provided for additional details on how to submit your nomination today! 

Leadership Position Nominations

  • MPA Executive Board: MPA is accepting nominations for three open positions on the MPA Executive Board: community pharmacist, health-system pharmacist and an at-large position. To learn more about the MPA Executive Board, please visit the MPA Web site. Nominations are due June 15. A printable nomination form is available or submit your nomination online.

  • MSHP Board of Directors: The Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accepting nominations for director and treasurer for its Board of Directors. Nominations are due May 28. A printable nomination form is available or submit your nomination online.

  • CSPM and MSCP Board of Directors and MSPT Executive Committee: The Consultant and Specialty Pharmacists of Michigan (CSPM) and Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) are accepting nominations for their Board of Directors and the Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT) is accepting nominations for its Executive Committee. Nominations are due July 15. A printable nomination form is available for CSPM, MSCP and MSPT or submit your nomination online.

Award Nominations

  • Visit the MPA Web site to view the various Association, practice section, affiliated chapter and local association awards that are presented each year. These awards provide us with the distinct honor of recognizing members and other individuals for their dedication to pharmacy and the Association.
Posted in: Member News
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