August/September 2017 Newsletter
In this issue:

  • President's Message
  • Regulatory Update
  • Legislation Update: Senate Bill 501 
  • Affiliate Chapter News & Events  
  • School & College of Pharmacy Annual Updates
  • Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) Chapter Updates
  • Featured Clinical Topic Article: Pain Management -
    Gabapentin & Pregabalin Abuse 
President's Message
It’s the dawn of a new year at MSHP, and as an organization we’re hard at work preparing a flight plan to help several initiatives take flight in the coming months. 

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Regulatory Update
The Board of Pharmacy held an additional  open session on June 23 due to the  additional  burden of reviewing all current  rules, and also  met on the scheduled date of
July 12.

Author: Bert McClary

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The PP and PAI Committees have continued to discuss and lead the effort on a possible legislative proposal to modify the scope of practice authorized through medication therapy services protocols with physicians. 

Author: Bert McClary

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The Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) has not met since the last Newsletter was published. The next meeting in August will include a review of the committee’s progress, structure, and discussion of future activities.

Author: Bert McClary

Senate Bill 501 2017 Health Care Legislation
SB 501 was signed by the Governor on July 14  and will become effective on August 28 or  other specific dates.   

Author: Bert McClary
Affiliate Chapter News & Events
Greater Kansas City Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GKCSHP)

  • Thur., Aug.17: Monthly Meeting - Capital Grille at 4740 Jefferson St., (KCMO)
  • Friday, Sept. 22: Resident Research Day, Research Medical Center (KCMO) 


President Bryan Schuessler, PharmD, M.S.

Mid-Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MMSHP)

  • Thur., Aug.17: Relypsa, CC's City Broiler
  • September: Gram Negative Organisms: A Contemporary Review, CC's City Broiler
  • Thur., Oct. 12: Parenteral Nutrition Safety, Location TBD
  • Thur., Nov. 9: Acute Blood Pressure Management, 44 Stone

MMSHP Congratulates two officers inducted at the June meeting:

  • President-Elect: Colleen Sheehan, PharmD
  • Treasurer: Michelle Bullerdieck, PharmD, BCPPS (re-elect to a second term)

President: Jordan Anderson, PharmaD, BCPS, BCPPS

Saint Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists (StLSHP)

  • Thur., Aug.17: Repatha, Location TBD
  • Mon., Sept. 25: StLSHP night at the ballpark honoring technicians and interns (Cardinals vs. Cubs)


President: Emily Owen, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCPS 

School & College of
Pharmacy Annual Updates
Saint Louis
College of Pharmacy
The 2016-2017 academic year  has ended at St. Louis College of  Pharmacy. On May 12-13, we  celebrated our students’  accomplishments at our 149th  Commencement, and we  welcomed the doctoral class of  2017 into the profession of  pharmacy. 

Author: Bruce R. Canaday, Pharm.D., FASHP, FAPhA
Dean of Pharmacy and Professor 

School of Pharmacy
As always, a lot is happening at the UMKC School of Pharmacy! Here are a few highlights to catch you up on recent activities at the school. 

Author: Russell B. Melchert,Ph.D.,R.Ph
Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Professor, Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology 

Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) Chapter Updates
Saint Louis 
College of Pharmacy
St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s SSHP main focus over the past year was to provide an organization where students can exercise their leadership abilities while learning about Health-System pharmacy. 

Author: Dip Patel, St. Louis College of Pharmacy SSHP Chapter President

School of Pharmacy
This fall, UMKC, SSHP had a membership drive that lasted throughout the first month of school and included many events. During the first week of classes, our school holds a "Lunch on the Lawn" event, which is essentially a student organization fair. 

Author: Kyle Klindworth, UMKC SSHP Chapter President in Kansas City and Kaitlyn Lee, UMKC SSHP Chapter President in Columbia

Featured Clinical
Topic: Pain Management
Gabapentin and Pregabalin Abuse
Gabapentin and regabalin are widely prescribed in chronic pain. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indications for gabapentin and pregabalin include post-herpetic neuralgia and epilepsy.

Authors: John Neill, PharmD Candidate 2018: UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU
Courtney Kominek, PharmD, BCPS, CPE: Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

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MSHP Fall Meeting
September 16, 2017
UMKC School of Pharmacy
UMKC Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, MO 41018
MSHP & KCHP Spring Meeting
May 4-5, 2018
Embassy Suites
Olathe, Kansas
Upcoming Newsletter Info
September/October Newsletter
Featured Clinical Topic*: Cardiology/Anticoagulation
Submission Deadline: September 11, 2017

*Please note, due to significant interest in this topic, we are no longer accepting additional article titles.
November Newsletter 
Featured Clinical Topic*:  Infectious Diseases
Submission Deadline:  November 13, 2017
Submit to:  Barb Kasper via email:

Newsletter Submission Guidelines
  • Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students in Missouri are eligible to submit content for publication in the MSHP Newsletter.  Student submissions need to include pharmacist oversight.
  • Submit content to the current Newsletter Committee Chair on or before the established deadlines.
  • CE and Featured Clinical Topics must be approved by the Newsletter Committee Chair in advance of article submission, to prevent duplicates. Duplicate articles submitted without advanced approval may not be published.
  • Recommended length of submissions for committee, affiliate, college/schools of pharmacy, and student chapter reports is half to one page in length.
  • Recommend length of submissions for featured clinical topics is 1 to 2 pages, without references.
  • Recommended length of CE articles is individualized, based on the amount of CE provided.
  • Recommended length of submission for other categories is 1 to 2 pages.
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Technician: $35
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Student: $25
Retired Pharmacist: $35
If you have any questions or comments about the MSHP Newsletter, please don't hesitate to contact the incoming Newsletter Chair, Barb Kasper, or any other newsletter committee member. 

2017-2018 MSHP Newsletter Committee Members
Hannah Pope, PharmD, BCPS
Sarah Cook, PharmD

Contact your fellow newsletter committee member for future 2017-2018 Membership Spotlight and Article Submissions!