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Entries for April 2015

NCPA Offers Video Training Series on Medication Synchronization

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) recently announced the launch of “Implementing Med Sync,” a new six-part video training series for community pharmacies interested in establishing an appointment-based medication synchronization program in their stores. Each video in the series is less than five minutes long and covers topics such as getting organized, identifying and enrolling patients in a program, and steps to take prior to and the day of patient pick-up. 

The video resources are a new feature of the Simplify My Meds® program, NCPA’s free turnkey medication synchronization program for members. More than 2,300 community pharmacies offer Simplify My Meds® and synchronize medications for approximately 90,000 patients across the country, aligning patients’ medications to be refilled on the same day in order to promote better medication adherence and health outcomes. 

To access the six training videos, please visit NCPA’s YouTube channel. In addition, learn more about the Simplify My Meds® program online.

Posted in: Professional Practice
OIG to Review Effect of Rising Prices for Generic Drugs on Medicaid Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will take a fresh look at rising generic drug prices and examine their impact on Medicaid drug spending, according to a letter sent this week to two lawmakers. The letter was in response to a February request by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who said the price increases were preventing some beneficiaries from receiving necessary medications. The OIG said it would examine quarterly average manufacturer prices (AMPs) reported through the Medicaid drug rebate program from 2005 to 2014 and determine if the AMPs exceeded an inflation-adjusted baseline. The OIG will not review how generic drug price increases affect the Medicare program.
Posted in: Professional Practice
Have You Accessed Valuable Patient Safety Information in our Online Resource Center?

MPA developed the Patient Safety Resource Center to provide both patients and pharmacy professionals with valuable resources and to empower them with information that will improve safety on both sides of the pharmacist-patient relationship. 

The Resource Center, accessible to members at, features a landing page with information on one of the most critical components to patient safety: open communication between patients and their health care providers. This encourages patients to become active members of their health care team and promotes improved health outcomes. The welcome page also includes a listing of prime questions for patients to ask their pharmacist and for pharmacists to be prepared to answer as well as Web sites for many national patient safety organizations. 

From the landing page, users can then visit additional pages with resources specific to pharmacy professionals or resources specific to patients. More information on these sections is available below.

Professional Resources:

  • Continuing Education on Medication and Patient Safety
  • Educational Resources for Your Patients
  • Look-Alike, Sound-Alike Medications
  • Medication Shortages
  • Mobile Applications
  • Patient Safety Initiatives
  • Pharmacy Practice Tools
  • Recommended Reading and Subscriptions
  • Reporting a Medication Error or Adverse Event
  • Safe Disposal of Medications
  • Senior Care Resources
  • Transitions of Care

Patient Resources:

  • Educational Resources for Consumers
  • Medication Shortages
  • Mobile Applications
  • Patient Safety Resources for Senior Citizens
  • Reporting a Medication Error or Adverse Event
  • Safe Disposal of Medications
  • Transitioning Health Care Facilities

Members are encouraged to take advantage of these materials available on the MPA Web site and share information with their patients on how to access the Patient Safety Resource Center. Pharmacy professionals play a critical role in ensuring the safety of their patients. As one of the most accessible health care providers, pharmacists are on the front-lines improving the quality of patient care and reducing costs. Through prevention of adverse drug events, reconciliation of medications and collaboration with other providers to evaluate system-wide improvement measures, pharmacists continually show that their ever-expanding role is a key factor in safe medication use and effective patient therapy.

Posted in: Patient Safety
Receive Advanced Professional Training in Vaccine Delivery

The Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Program encourages pharmacists and student pharmacists to gain the knowledge and training necessary to become primary sources of vaccine information and delivery. Registration is open for our June 11 program at Somerset Inn in Troy through June 3! Register online for this upcoming program. 

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 you register for an upcoming program, you will receive e-mail instructions on how to access the self-study materials. Successful completion of the self-study will result in 12 hours of continuing education (CE) credit. In addition, successful completion of the live component will result in eight hours of CE credit.

If the date and location of this program does not work in your schedule, be sure to check out our other 2015 programs at the links below:

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

Posted in: Continuing Education
Save on Registration Rates for the MSHP Residency Conference Through May 18

The Tenth Annual Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Residency Conference is only a little more than one month away! The event will be held Monday, June 1, 2015, at Lansing Community College, West Campus, in Lansing. Be sure to register by May 18 to save on registration rates

This year’s conference features morning programming focused on the topics of legislative advocacy and awareness as well as change in health care and pharmacy. Following lunch, new this year, the afternoon will be structured into breakout sessions. Track 1 will focus on working smarter, not harder as well as establishing a new practice and precepting. Track 2 will focus on starting a Postgraduate Year 1 program and starting a Postgraduate Year 2 program. 

Please visit the MPA Web site for complete details and to register online. Continuing education credit will not be offered for this program. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Adado, MPA education planning assistant, at (517) 377-0225 or

Posted in: Continuing Education
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