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MSHP Pharmacy Advocacy Fund

This is an exciting year with a very robust legislative session.   Pharmacy advocacy efforts are hitting an all-time high!  We would like to provide you with an update from the MSHP Public Policy Committee on our collaborative efforts with the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force (PATF*). 

In late 2016, the MSHP Board made the decision to partner with MPhA to take the essential next step in moving pharmacy scope of practice legislation forward in Minnesota by hiring a lobbyist to support our advocacy efforts.  Buck Humphrey is an experienced lobbyist who has ties to pharmacy and is skilled in navigating the Minnesota legislative processes.  Buck is the son of former Minnesota Attorney General, Skip Humphrey, and the grandson of Minnesota's most famous pharmacist, Hubert Humphrey.  For more information, we invite you to read Buck Humphrey's bio.

The PATF is currently meeting weekly, and with Buck's guidance has developed a focused strategy for the current legislative session which runs now through the end of May.  The PATF is advocating to expand patient's access to medications through pharmacists prescribing via state-wide protocols for: naloxone, travel medications and smoking cessation medications.  As many of you are aware, 2016 legislation was passed for naloxone which allows dispensing under a protocol with a local community health board or the Minnesota Department of Health.

This was a start in expanding access; however we are seeking full prescriptive authority for these three classes of medications.  Representatives Roz Peterson and Dave Baker have introduced HF2962, and Senators Jensen and Klein have authored a companion Senate bill SF3015. This legislation, if passed, would grant pharmacists the authority to prescribe.   Please contact your legislators.   We need additional support and hearings for these bills.

Please take a couple of minutes to read the PATF Legislative Agenda for 2017-2018, as well as take note of these important dates and announcements:

  • MSHP Annual Conference April 19-20, 2018 – Pam Phelps and Buck Humphrey will be presenting on the legislative agenda and current status of the bills.

  • MSHP has created an "Advocacy Fund" to support our pharmacy legislative efforts, including lobbying activities.

    • In reviewing the operating budget, the Board has decided to seek contributions to devote to our lobbyist advocacy strategy.  We pledge that all funds raised through this campaign will be specifically allocated to our legislative and advocacy efforts.

    • We ask for your support to take the next step in expanding patient's access and coverage to pharmacist clinical services in Minnesota.  Please Click Here to support this work through a donation directly to MSHP.  If you prefer, you can download the Donation Form  and submit this with your payment to MSHP.  We welcome your feedback and conversation on these topics, so please do not hesitate to contact either one of us.                                   

Best regards,

John Pastor III                        Pam Phelps
Public Policy Co-Chair          Public Policy Co-Chair
612-672-5153                         612-863-4906

*As a reminder the PATF is a coalition of MSHP, MPhA, MCCP, the Duluth Area Pharmacists and the University of Minnesota of College of Pharmacy.