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MSHP Pharmacy Advocacy Fund

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).  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.

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 a 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 bi-monthly, 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, smoking cessation medications and self-administered contraceptives.  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.

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 has created an "Advocacy Fund" to support our pharmacy legislative efforts, including lobbying activities.
    • In reviewing the operating budget, the Board has decided to fundraise 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                       Kristi Gullickson
Public Policy Co-Chair         Public Policy Co-Chair
612-672-5153                        612-863-4906