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Entries for December 2016

Immunization Update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) with the published version of the new two-dose series recommendations for HPV vaccination for certain patients. The final publication can be found here.
  • The two-dose series recommendation is for adolescents who begin the series (receive the first dose) before their 15th birthday, except for individuals with high risk conditions who should still follow the three dose schedule. Specifics related to the high risk conditions can be found in the MMWR linked above.
  • For those who received their first dose of HPV vaccine at nine through 14 years of age, the second dose should be administered six to 12 months from the first dose. Second doses administered sooner than six months will not count as valid doses, and a third dose will then be needed.
  • Those individuals who initiated the series on or after their 15th birthday must still follow the three dose schedule previously used.
  • Certain individuals with high risk conditions should be vaccinated using the three dose schedule regardless of age of initiation. For details, please see the attached MMWR.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has updated the HPV Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) with Michigan Care Improvement Registry information. That new version is available here. Pharmacists must provide the Michigan Vaccine Information Sheet to patients.
FluLaval® Quadrivalent has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in children ages six through 35 months. While this is ideal because it gives providers another product option for infants and small children, it also presents an increased risk for medication errors because the dose of FluLaval is different from the existing product approved for this age group.
  • The dosage for using FluLaval® Quadrivalent is 0.5 mL for all persons six months of age and older.
  • To reduce flu vaccine administration errors, follow this algorithm:
    • Is the person three years of age or older?
      • If yes, the correct flu vaccine dosage is 0.5 mL regardless of flu vaccine product.
      • If no, is the person six through 35 months of age?
        • If yes, there are currently two flu vaccine products licensed, and the dose depends on the product used.
          • For Fluzone®, the dosage for a child six through 35 months is 0.25 mL.
          • For FluLaval®, the dosage for a child six through 35 months is 0.5 mL.
Posted in: Professional Practice
Apply now for the MPF Adopt-a-Student Program – Info Due Jan. 13!!

Registration for the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Adopt-a-Student is now open! By being “adopted,” you have the opportunity to network with pharmacy practice leaders from across the State of Michigan. You will spend the evening of Saturday, Feb. 25 during the Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition with your adoptive pharmacist “parent.” Pharmacist parents are a great source of advice, stories and general wisdom. This is your chance to start building the foundation of your professional network.


If you are a Student Michigan Pharmacists Association member, and you would like to participate in the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Adopt-a-Student program:


Step 1:     Complete the student registration form on the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition website. 

Step 2:    You must also provide your practice area of interest; a short biography about yourself, including your professional goals and why you chose pharmacy as your career path, and a high-resolution professional headshot photograph by going online at  NOTE: This must be done in addition to completing the student registration form. Student pharmacists will not be allowed to participate in the Adopt-a-Student program if a student registration form is not also received.


All registration materials must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2017.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Jennifer Crawford, MPA education assistant, at or call at (517) 377-0225. Also visit the MPA website for additional information about the Annual Convention & Exposition.

Posted in: Member News
Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) Interest in Michigan

Have you heard about CPESN yet? If not, don’t worry. Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) has you covered and will be bringing you more information in the coming year. Briefly, CPESN emerged out of a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in North Carolina. They began building a network of pharmacies committed to providing enhanced patient care. CPESN defines “enhanced pharmacy services” as “services that transcend conventional requirements of an outpatient pharmacy program contract that are focused on improving clinical and global patient outcomes.” The model in North Carolina is being adapted in other states, and MPA has initiated conversations to learn how Michigan pharmacies can become involved. Developing a strong network in Michigan will require participation and leadership from our community independent pharmacies. Interested? Want to learn more? Look for more information in your MPA communications in 2017 to learn more about how your pharmacy can be part of the conversation.

Posted in: Member News
Registration Open – MPA Annual Convention Feb. 24-26, 2017

MPA’s Annual Convention & Exposition will be held Feb. 24-26, 2017, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. This is MPA’s premiere event of the season, featuring 21 hours of live continuing education credit, practice section luncheons and annual meetings, an annual banquet, exhibit hall and many networking opportunities. Visit the Convention Event page for more information and registration. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted in: Continuing Education
Residency Opportunities at University of Michigan Health System

By Connor Luczak, Pharm.D., PGY-1 managed care resident, University of Michigan Health System and Erin Copi, Pharm.D., PGY-1 community pharmacy resident, University of Michigan Health System 

PGY-1 Managed Care Residency Prescription Drug Plan
The University of Michigan (UM) Prescription Drug Plan Managed Care PGY-1 residency is currently in its first year. This new program brings unique value to the existing collection of UM Health-System residency programs by facilitating close collaboration between the managed care and clinical care settings. Residents in this program participate in formulary management, new drug evaluations and other fundamental tenets of prescription drug benefit design to deliver the best quality care to the over 100,000 lives covered by the plan. Residents communicate with physician experts associated with the UM Health System to obtain the best possible insight into new therapies.

Any who completes this program can approach future employers and offer the assurance that they have the clinical expertise, technological prowess and fiscal rectitude to excel in a variety of managed care roles. Alumni of this residency will also be adept at strengthening relationships between health plans and providers. Health services and pharmacy benefits are increasingly set to be delivered through an elaborate continuum of different care settings. This program will prepare pharmacists to manage sensible benefits that maximize both service and value.

PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency
The University of Michigan (UM) Community Pharmacy PGY-1 residency is currently in its second year. The program exposes residents to a mix of community and ambulatory practice opportunities. Residents spend time counseling patients and managing side effects via oral oncology and specialty pharmacy clinical services, managing patients with chronic conditions in collaborative practice settings and providing community pharmacy services through medication therapy management (MTM). Residents interact with other healthcare providers in order to provide comprehensive care.

Residents who complete this program will be able to practice in community pharmacies with the knowledge to provide clinical services or will be well prepared to pursue an ambulatory care PGY-2 residency. As healthcare moves towards a “pay for performance” model, graduates of this program will be prepared to manage medical conditions in an effort to improve outcomes, and to prove the value of the pharmacist in the outpatient healthcare team.

For more information about Michigan residency programs, visit the Residency Programs webpage at There you can access the Michigan Residency Listings and Toolkit created by the MSHP Residency Committee. 

Posted in: Member News
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