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Entries for April 2016

Seeking Ambulatory Care Practice Site Information!

The Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP) Ambulatory Care Committee is creating a toolkit on the society’s website. This toolkit will provide information about starting ambulatory care pharmacy services, transition of care practices, clinical practice, business models and provider status information.

In an effort to provide contacts throughout the state, the committee would like to include contact information for ambulatory care practice sites. This would serve as a resource for others who are initiating ambulatory care services or those who would like to expand existing services.

If you are an ambulatory care pharmacist and practice in an ambulatory care setting, we invite you to add your information to our registry. Please visit to submit your contact information.

Thank you for your assistance as we build resources to support ambulatory care pharmacists.

Posted in: Professional Practice
Don’t Forget to Order PSI Controlled Substance Inventory List to Comply with Annual Requirement

Michigan law requires an annual inventory of controlled substances to be completed no more than 30 days prior to May 1 and no later than 60 days after May 1. Your copy must be submitted to the state between April 1 and June 30.

Complete this important task by using the Controlled Substance Inventory List available from Pharmacy Services Inc. (PSI). Contact PSI at (517) 484-1467, e-mail or click here to print the order form and fax back to (517) 484-1605.

Posted in: Professional Practice
Input Needed to Prepare for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 30th is the DEA’s National Drug-take Back Day! The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications. To help our patients safely dispose of their unwanted medications, MPA and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) are working collaboratively to support the DEA's initiative. Please complete this brief survey to assist us in gathering information about how our members facilitate patients in properly discarding prescription medications. With your participation, our goal is to create resources that guide our members and patients on the appropriate disposal methods for their medications. For more information about the DEA's take-back initiative, including collection sites, visit DEA Drug Disposal Information. To help us better serve you in this initiative, please complete this survey by April 29. Let’s work to ensure all old medications are disposed of in a safe and secure manner!

Posted in: Professional Practice
MPA’s New Online Book Club – It’s Not Too Late!

You can still join MPA’s new book club and get involved in the conversation! Our first book is Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. You can join in the discussion at any time and participate at your leisure. The discussion board is available 24 hours a day so grab a cup of coffee, find your favorite reading spot and delve into the topics of women in leadership, work-life balance and maximizing opportunities. Then simply go to to see what members have already posted and add your own thoughts and reflections on the book. This is a great way to interact with fellow pharmacy professionals in a way that fits within your busy schedule. We look forward to “seeing” you online!

Posted in: Member News
Great Lakes Clean Water/US Clean Water Organization moving to Detroit!

Since 2008, Great Lakes Clean Water Organization (GLCW) has been working to help individuals properly dispose of unused medications in an effort to keep those hazardous materials out of our water systems. Most notably, GLCW created the Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program for pharmacists to encourage the proper disposal of drugs. Because the demand for clean water is so great, and the need to keep drugs out of our waterways is growing, GLCW is now Great Lakes Clean Water/US Clean Water (GLCW/USCW). Despite the new name, the organization is determined to continue the implementation of the Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program at the lowest cost possible to pharmacists. The effectiveness of this program hinges on the licensure granted to GLCW/USCW as a Reverse Distributor by the DEA. GLCW/USCW is the first non-profit organization to be granted this license, and this designation is necessary in order to accept controlled substances from pharmacies for proper destruction.

Included in new plans for the organization is a move to the city of Detroit. GLCW/USCW will be moving into the former Jefferson Avenue Evangelical English Lutheran Church and use it as their Corporate Office, Operations Center and Community Education Venue. The reuse of this building is the ultimate recycling project that will also breathe new life into downtown Detroit as their move into the historic church will bring increased awareness and concern for the issues facing not only the waterways of our state, but our nation. To get involved or to show your support, contact Chris Angel, President of GLCW/USCW, at (989) 335-5507 or email him at

Posted in: Member News
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