Taking Pharmacy Passion to the Legislature! MPhA Leadership Rotation

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Cheers to Making A Difference!!

I’m currently on a leadership rotation (my 6th of 8 rotations this year) at the Minnesota Pharmacists Association. It has been wonderful!! MPhA represents all pharmacy avenues (community, hospital, MTM, industry, managed care, technicians, students etc) in one collective voice to promote and improve the profession of pharmacy and represent those concerns to the legislature. They also provide lots of great tools and resources to pharmacists, technicians, and students, including educational events, legislative updates, magazines on important issues, and fun social events like the annual Wine Tasting & Gourmet Dinner, which I was lucky enough to get to attend!!

With my Preceptors, Michelle Aytay and Julie Johnson at the MPhF Wine Tasting and Gourmet Dinner Event!

I feel like I completely lucked out on timing, getting to be here while legislation is in session has provided me with a lot of really unique opportunities to see the capitol in motion, learn a lot about current policy topics (an interest area of mine!), and see how MPhA and other pharmacy organizations are involved in protecting and advancing our profession. Here are just a few of the really awesome things I have gotten to do so far:

  • Tour the Minnesota Captiol building (Wow, it is beautiful! Super fun field trip!).

    MN Capitol Building! I have really enjoyed attending sessions there.

     

  • Attend a number of committee legislative sessions at the capitol, mostly on health and human services topics.
  • Develop the agenda and issue briefs for Legislative Day (Feb 19th) and discuss these with the UMN Students. Though we don’t have any bills in the senate, there are many awesome topics this year, including:
    • Pharmacy Practice Act changes: Speaking to our legislators about how the profession has changed, and recognizing pharmacists as patient care providers rather than medication dispensers.
    • Compounding: Reviewing the difference between compounding and manufacturing, where the boundaries are in MN pharmacy practice, the importance of this relative to the NECC meningitis outbreak, and any change the MN Board of Pharmacy is planning to make to language.
    • Biosimilars: Rreviewing what they are- essentially generic versions of biologic drugs, none are the market yet, but they are being presented to the FDA for testing and may hit the market soon, and issues to consider for future legislation regarding pharmacy substitution practices.MPhA!
    • Pseudoephedrine Reporting: Reviewing the pros and cons of the NPLEx system, an online reporting system with multiple states participating so  that purchases can be tracked nationally.
    • Board of Pharmacy updates: Including changes in language for immunizing, electronic prescription records, and the prescription monitoring program.
    • Help and enjoy the MPhF Wine Tasting event!
    • Attend and serve on MPhA Board meetings, team meetings, steering committees, etc, as well as attend a Board of Pharmacy Meeting
    • Weigh in with the awesome MPhA/Ewald staff on pharmacy topics ranging from developing the magazine to communication items!

Really looking forward to the Annual Meeting!

I’d like to say an extra big thank you to my preceptor Julie Johnson, my adopted preceptors- Michelle Aytay and Jacquie Jaskowiak, I am learning so much from you and  really enjoying working with you! Thank you also to the entire MPhA staff who are making me feel super welcome – I am so honored that they seek out and take my advice!!

Cheers from a very happy PD4-

Love, BK (as always, feel free to contact me! brittany.karns@gmail.com)

Allons-y!!

 

PS- Have been sucked into the Doctor Who reboot fan club. In case any of you are too, keep calm and don’t blink! 🙂 If you can message me what that’s in reference to -extra props.

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  1. “I feel like I completely lucked out on timing, getting to be here while legislation is in session has provided me with a lot of really unique opportunities to see the capitol in motion, learn a lot about current policy topics (an interest area of mine!)”

    Everything happens for a reason, the timing was obviously meant to be! 🙂

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