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Entries for June 2016

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Submit a Nomination for Leadership Positions or Awards

It is never too early to consider making a nomination for MPA and affiliated organization Boards and awards! Look through the information below and visit the MPA website to make a nomination online.

Board Nominations
Visit www.MIchiganPharmacists.org/nominationselections for more information or to submit a nomination online.

MPA Executive Board
Nominations are due June 1 each year. This year, MPA is accepting nominations for three open positions: consultant pharmacist, health-system pharmacist and treasurer. To learn more about the MPA Executive Board, please visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org/leadership.

Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Board of Directors
MSHP is accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. Nominations are due May 15 each year.

Consultant and Specialty Pharmacists of Michigan (CSPM), Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) and Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT)
CSPM and MSCP are accepting nominations for their Board of Directors and MSPT is accepting nominations for its Executive Committee. Nominations are due June 1 each year.

Awards
Visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org/awards for more information about the criteria for each award or to submit a nomination online.

MPA Awards
MPA is accepting nominations for the following awards. Nominations are due Oct. 1 each year.

  • Pharmacist of the Year Award
  • Bowl of Hygeia Award
  • Executive Board Medal Award
  • Excellence in Innovation Award
  • Distinguished New Pharmacist Practitioner Award
  • Generation Rx Champions Award
  • Fred W. Arnold Public Relations Award
  • Fellow of MPA (self-completed application)

Practice Section and Affiliated Chapter Awards
MPA practice sections and affiliated chapters are accepting nominations for the following. CSPM, MSCP, MSHP and MSPT nominations are due Oct. 1 each year.

  • CSPM Pharmacist of the Year Award
  • MSCP Pharmacist of the Year Award
  • MSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award, Professional Practice Award, President’s Award and Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award
  • MSPT Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award and Service Award

Michigan Pharmacy Political Action Council (PAC) Awards
Pharmacy PAC is accepting nominations for the following awards. Nominations are due Oct. 1 each year.

  • Legislator of the Year Award
  • Good Public Health Policy Award
  • Hank Fuhs Good Government Award

Local Association Awards
The Local Association Development Committee is accepting nominations for the Ernie Koch Striving for Excellence Award. Nominations are due Nov. 1 each year.

Posted in: Member News
Economic Survey at a Glance

The 54th annual Michigan Pharmacy Economic Survey received over 600 responses from pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists. Of all of the responses, those used were obtained from 430 pharmacists, 62 student pharmacists and 141 pharmacy technicians. Responses were not included if they did not contain relevant information to the survey.

 

The majority of respondents practiced in the health-system setting, followed by chain community pharmacy, then independent community pharmacy. For the first time, 2015 saw a decline in average overall salary. 2015 average salary was $112,000 compared to $121,000 in 2014 and $120,000 in 2015.

 

The survey also considered employment benefits including insurance, paid time off and other fringe benefits. Most respondents indicated they were offered some form of non-salary compensation. The survey indicated that 10 percent of pharmacists were not offered insurance benefits and nine percent of pharmacists were not offered any paid time off. Seventy-five percent of pharmacist respondents indicated they are offered benefits such as dental coverage, health insurance, prescription drug plans, paid holidays and retirement/401(k) offerings. Specifically, 79 percent of pharmacists receive dental coverage and 81 percent also receive health insurance coverage with only ten percent of respondents indicating they received no insurance benefits at all. The large majority of respondents indicated they are allowed time for bereavement, holidays, vacation days and sick days.

 

For a full breakdown of the 2015 Economic Survey, look forward to the July issue of Michigan Pharmacist in your mailbox at the beginning of the month!

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GCPA: Our History, Successes and Events

by Mike Crowe, MPA vice speaker of the house, GCPA board liaison

As of 2010, the Genesee County Pharmacists Association (GCPA) had not been active for nearly two decades. In September 2010, work began to rebuild the organization. A website was created, organizational documents drafted and membership meetings successfully attended. On May 17, 2011, Michigan Pharmacists Association’s (MPA) Local Association Development Committee (LADC) voted to grant the GCPA active status once again, and this status became official on June 17, 2011.  Since Sept. 2010, MPA membership in the GCPA has more than doubled.

​​The Genesee County Pharmacists Association (GCPA) was originally organized as the Flint Druggist Association in 1928 (take a look at some documents dating back to the 1950s on GCPA’s History page). In 1961, though, Flint Druggist Association changed its name to the Genesee County Pharmaceutical Association. During reactivation in 2011, the name Genesee County Pharmacists Association was selected to fit the naming standards of other local associations. Over the years since the association began as the Flint Druggist Assocation, the practice of pharmacy has changed significantly. However, one thing remains the same: the works of the local pharmacy associations are still one of the key ways in which advancements in the profession of pharmacy take place. 

In its short tenure as an active local, the GCPA has seen its share of successful events and not so successful ones. Some of the unsuccessful events included a day-long Saturday continuing education (CE) program and a Halloween party. The CE program had a fees attached as the Association was trying to cover its costs and potentially raise money for future activities and events. Between the fee and consuming an entire weekend day, we could count the registrants on one hand and had to cancel the program. The Halloween party was another failure; there were too few registrants to justify the cost of food and entertainment.

We did learn from these unsuccessful events, however. Our members didn’t want to commit an entire day to CE and asking for money at every event to cover costs or to raise funds got old quickly. We also learned it always helped to have at multiple activities (e.g., business time, social time, and/or CE) at an event to draw in more attendees. As a result, for = CE programs, we tried out evening dinner programs. The CE was free. The food was free. The program was short. We saw 15-20 attendees on average. A success! We’d try to offset the costs with “booth sponsors” outside the program, but if we didn’t find one, the show would go on. And we had a way to cover these costs anyway: a golf outing!

Realizing we needed funds, but didn’t want to ask members to pay to attend every one of our programs, we established the GCPA golf scramble as our primary means of supporting operations throughout the year with the other source of funding from members’ dues allocations via Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA). We wanted to keep pricing reasonable, give a lot for a little and keep our risk low. We depended a lot on sponsors, donors and volunteers. One of our members was also a member of a local club, so we were able to use the facilities for no charge. We played on a Saturday in early September, so as not to compete with summer vacations and the club’s avid golfers. It meant we were limited in the number of golfers, but that was ok as it made it easier to “fill up”. For $100, players got lunch, dinner, 18 holes with a cart, driving range use before tee time, raffle tickets, a goodie bag and a great time! We gained more sponsors each year and correspondingly raised more funds. Volunteers staffed the holes, delivered food, assembled the goodie bags, took photos, etc. The event, now the Spud Software Scramble for GCPA, will be in its fifth year being held on Sept. 10 and all MPA members are welcome to participate.

This is just a snippet of the GCPA in recent years. There are a lot of murmurs of other local associations being formed or reactivating. The Local Association Development Committee is a great resource for those members interested in reactivating a local association. While it may take some time up front, getting to work with local leaders, like those of the GCPA, can make developing a local association a very rewarding experience.

Posted in: Member News
Submit a Nomination for Leadership Positions or Awards

It is never too early to consider making a nomination for MPA and affiliated organization Boards and awards! Look through the information below and visit the MPA website to make a nomination online.

Board Nominations
Visit www.MIchiganPharmacists.org/nominationselections for more information or to submit a nomination online.

MPA Executive Board
Nominations are due June 1 each year. This year, MPA is accepting nominations for three open positions: consultant pharmacist, health-system pharmacist and treasurer. To learn more about the MPA Executive Board, please visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org/leadership.

Consultant and Specialty Pharmacists of Michigan (CSPM), Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) and Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT)
CSPM and MSCP are accepting nominations for their Board of Directors and MSPT is accepting nominations for its Executive Committee. Nominations are due June 1 each year.

Awards

Visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org/awards for more information about the criteria for each award or to submit a nomination online.

MPA Awards
MPA is accepting nominations for the following awards. Nominations are due Oct. 1 each year.

  • Pharmacist of the Year Award
  • Bowl of Hygeia Award
  • Executive Board Medal Award
  • Excellence in Innovation Award
  • Distinguished New Pharmacist Practitioner Award
  • Generation Rx Champions Award
  • Fred W. Arnold Public Relations Award
  • Fellow of MPA (self-completed application)

Practice Section Awards
MPA practice section CSPM is accepting nominations for the following. CSPM nominations are due Oct. 1 each year.

  • CSPM Pharmacist of the Year Award

Posted in: Member News
New Drug Spotlight: Nuplazid

by Allison Simsa, Pharm.D. Candidate

Parkinson’s disease is an insidious and progressive neurologic disease primarily occurring in the older population. It is characterized by bradykinesia, muscular rigidity, tremor at rest, and postural instability.1 In later stages of the disease, patients have greatly restricted mobility and impairment in the ability to continue with activities of everyday life. While Parkinson’s is mainly considered a movement disorder, neuropsychiatric abnormalities often develop, presenting similar to those seen with dementia.1 In April 2016, pimavanserin (Nuplazid™) was FDA-approved for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis.2,3 In clinical trials, pimavanserin was only compared to placebo and found to be superior. Pimavanserin is available as 17mg tablets, which patients are to take two of (to total 34mg) once daily without regard to food. This drug carries a black box warning for increased mortality in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis. Pimavanserin is not approved for and should not be used in patients with dementia-related psychosis unrelated to Parkinson’s disease psychosis. In addition, pimavanserin increases the QT interval and should not be used with drugs that also increase the QT interval or in patients already at a high risk for QT prolongation. Commonly occurring side effects reported during clinical trials were peripheral edema and confusional state.

References:

  1. Chen, Jack J., and David M. Swope. "Chapter 43. Parkinson’s Disease." Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 9e. Eds. Joseph T. DiPiro, et al. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2014
  2. Nuplazid™ [prescribing information], San Diego, CA: Acadia Pharmaceuticals, 2016.
  3. CenterWatch. Nuplazid (pimavanserin). 2016.

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