November/December 2017 Newsletter
In this issue:

  • President's Message
  • Regulatory Updates
  • Board Update: Secretary Report
  • Best Practice Spotlight: Residency Program Applications & Interviews
  • Affiliate Chapter News & Events 
  • Preceptor Development: MSHP Fall Meeting Highlights
  • Featured Clinical Topics: Infectious Disease
  • NEW FEATURE: Pharmacist Continuing Education
President's Message
Halloween has now passed which can mean only one’s time for Christmas music and the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting is almost here. OK, maybe that’s actually two things, but I digress. MSHP is hard at work preparing for the meeting and we are pleased to announce that we will host a reception for Missouri pharmacists on Monday, December 4th from 6-8 PM at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.  

Regulatory Update
The Board of Pharmacy held an additional public session on September 13 in Jefferson City, and the regularly scheduled meeting on October 25 at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.  

The Public Policy Committee met by telephone conference in its scheduled monthly meetings on October 5 and November 2.
The HAC met on October 12 in Jefferson City. Proposed pharmacy legislation was discussed, including the BOP technician registration proposal and the pharmacy practice advancement proposal.  

Board Updates
Secretary's Report
Fall was an exciting time for the board of directors. We have finalized our strategic initiatives for the year and have dug right in! Over the next several months, the board will be reviewing and updating all the policies and procedures for MSHP.

Best Practice Spotlight
Residency Program Applications and Interviews

On the path to obtaining a residency, candidates are invariably faced with constructing a CV, writing letters of intent, and interviewing with programs. To help you succeed in your pursuit, several Residency Program Directors from programs across Missouri have generously offered their advice! 

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

Upcoming Events:
January 18, 2018: Topic TBD , Time and Location TBD
GKCSHP is on Instagram! Follow us @gkcshp!
President: Bryan Schuessler , PharmD, M.S.
Mid-Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MMSHP)

Upcoming Events:
January 18, 2018: Topic TBD , Time and Location TBD
February 2018: Ronald McDonald House Service Project , Time TBD
April 5, 2018: GSK Vaccines , Time and Location TBD
April 12, 2018: MU Resident Presentations , Time and Location TBD

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President: Jordan Anderson , PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Saint Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists (StLSHP)

Upcoming Events:
January 2018: Topic TBD, Time and Location TBD
President: Emily Owen , PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 
Preceptor Development:
MSHP Fall Meeting Highlights
The Wheel in the Pharmacy Keeps Turning: The Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process
The role of a pharmacist in the health care system continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Pharmacists are becoming more involved in every aspect of patient care.

Featured Clinical Topic:
Infectious Disease
Vancomycin Utilization in the Obese Population and Future Monitoring Strategies
Vancomycin was isolated in 1957 by an Eli Lilly chemist, Dr. E.C. Kornfield, from a soil sample collected in the jungle of Borneo. The sample was isolated from a fungus that yielded bactericidal activity against Staphylococci

Monoclonal Antibodies Use in Clostridium Difficile Infections
Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) affected approximately half a million patients in 2011 and its incidence continues to grow.1 CDIs are a major health concern as they can be associated with a mortality rate as high as 38%.2 CDIs add nearly $1 billion to the overall health-care related costs in the United States. 

Pharmacist Continuing Education
Review of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Induced Angioedema and Current Pharmacologic Treatment Options
Program Number: 2017-11-01
Approval Dates:
December 6, 2017 to March 6, 2018
Approved Contact Hours: One (1) CE(s) per LIVE session.

Submit answers for CE credit using the link below
2018 MSHP/KCHP Spring Meeting
Call for Presentation Abstracts
It is time to request presentation abstracts.   If you have a topic that fits one of the following suggested categories or others could benefit from your presentation, please submit your abstract.

Presentation Abstract Deadline is now: December 13th
Upcoming Newsletter Info
January/February 2018 Newsletter

Featured Clinical Topic:  Endocrinology
Submission Deadline:  January 8, 2018
Submit to:   Barb Kasper
2018 Featured Clinical Topics

Mar/Apr: Psychiatry
May/Jun: Critical Care/Pulmonary/Emergency Medicine
Jul/Aug: Pain
Sept/Oct: Cardiology/Anticoagulation
Nov/Dec: Infectious Disease
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.
  • Recommend 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.
Newsletter Submission Deadlines
  • Jan/Feb 2018: January 8th
  • Mar/Apr 2018: March 12th
  • May/Jun 2018: May 14th
  • Jul/Aug 2018: July 9th
  • Sept/Oct 2018: September 10th
  • Nov/Dec 2018: November 12th
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Membership Dues:
Pharmacist: $110
Joint Pharmacist: (Husband/Wife) $155
Technician: $35
Associate Member: $110
Recent Graduate (within 24 months): $45
Student: $25
Retired Pharmacist: $35
MSHP Board of Directors
2017 - 2018
President: Jeremy Hampton
President-Elect: Tony Huke
Immediate Past President: Laura Butkievich
Secretary: Elaine Ogden
Treasurer: Sarah Bledssoe
MSHP Committee Chairs
2017 - 2018
Membership Committee - Heather Taylor
Public Policy Committee - Amy Benson
Newsletter Committee - Barb Kasper
Education and Programming - Christina Stafford
Website Committee - Erin Pender
If you have any questions, comments, or wish to submit an article to for MSHP Newsletter, please contact the Newsletter Committee Chair: Barb Kasper or another Newsletter Committee member.

2017-2018 MSHP Newsletter Committee Members

Hannah Pope, PharmD, BCPS
Sarah Cook, PharmD
Laura Challen, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP