November 2017 Print

President's Report

Dear MSHP Members,

I am honored to serve our association as president for 2017-2018. We have a great Board of Directors, and each position will passionately serve MSHP. I would like to thank immediate past-president, Courtney Davis, for her guidance this past year and her dedication to our association. Also, our current association manager, Sweyn Simrall, has done a fantastic job this past year, and I look forward to her insight and continued hard work. Thank you to Scott McKenzie for his dedication to the education committee these past two years and for a successful annual meeting.

MSHP will continue to work hard for our profession. I would like to push the envelope when it comes to our patients and members. We should continue to strive to make strong and positive relationships with other health-related professional organizations. As I previously mentioned, we have elected some great leaders for each region of our state. Our strategic goals for this year will center on patient care, statewide involvement, and relationships with other healthcare professionals. I am grateful for such a great group of elected officers and committee chairs.

MSHP will continue to support legislative issues related to pharmacy, advancing pharmacy education, and carrying out ASHP’s efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. Please be on the lookout for our newsletter and Top 3 email. You can also stay up to date on all of our events via our Facebook page and website, Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns.

Let’s have a great year!


Andrew Mays, PharmD, CNSC

MSHP President

Back to top

MSHP Award Recipients

THe following award recicpents were recognized at Annual Conference this year. Please join us in congratulating them and thanking them for their service to MSHP. 


Pharmacy Technician Award: Sheila Harris

Sheila is a registered pharmacy technician who was a hospital pharmacy technician before she finished her degree from Ole Miss in 2004 with a BS in Education.  Combined, she has nearly 10 years in health-system pharmacy.  She came back to her love of pharmacy in 2014 after being a teacher in the public school system.  She is currently a narcotic technician who is actively involved in storage and control of narcotics and preventing diversion.  Her past experience was in the IV Lab and in drug distribution to the patient care units.  She is using her skills as a teacher to teach new employees, during orientation to pharmacy, about policies and procedures regarding controlled substances as well as navigating to the patient care units in a 650 bed system.  She is patient and kind and displays compassion when training, showing respect to all staff: students, techs, residents and pharmacists.  She holds herself accountable for being the best tech she can be and provides excellent service to the nurses she serves.  Her co-workers have said that no one cares more than she does to get the job done right the first time, and she makes sure every “student” of hers is trained to be highly reliable. She is so patient-centered that she will do her job, teach, and fill in any vacancy day or night.

Her community service has been involvement in her church.  Along with her husband they have been actively involved in the music ministry which also included set building/backdrops for Christmas and Easter plays.  This year she painted a picture to go with a song, while a choir member was singing.  She uses her time and talent in so many ways, including sewing and baking for special occasions in the community and in the pharmacy.

Her goal is to be an instructor in the Itawamba Community College pharmacy technician certificate class and to be involved in the ASHP accredited tech training program that ICC is pursing.


Industry Representative of the Year: Marilynne Allen

The recipient of this award must meet the following criteria:

  1. Outstanding service to the profession of health-system pharmacy
  2. Outstanding contributions towards the progress of health-system pharmacy
  3. Must actively support MSHP

Marilynne is an Instiutional Cardiovascular Representative for Bristol Myers Squibb.  She has been easy to work with on planning joint meetings this year.  When approached about doing a program for both MSHP and MPhA she was very enthusiastic and went right to work finding a speaker and getting a venue setup.  She did a great job communicating without becoming overwhelming.  She kept us regularly updated on the number of those who have confirmed which allowed me gauge how often I needed to send out email blasts.  The MPhA staff was also very complimentary of her on how prompt she was getting information to them.  The event turned out to be a success with a good turn out from both organizations. She is also very proactive with providing information/promotional materials to our local hospitals.  She also does regular programs for pharmacy staff and provides educational opportunities hospital wide. 

Given her great attitude towards health-system pharmacy and Bristol Myers Squibb’s ongoing support for MSHP is why Marilynne Allen is this year’s recipient. 


Outstanding Young Health Systems Pharmacist of the Year: Jamie Wagner

The recipient of this award should demonstrate the following attributes:

  1. Five years or less experience in health-systems pharmacy practice after graduation
  2. Outstanding cooperation with the entire health care team
  3. Outstanding service to the profession of health-system pharmacy
  4. Outstanding service to the community
  5. Outstanding contributions to the progress of health-system pharmacy

Jamie began her career at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2015 after completing both residency and fellowship training. She quickly integrated into her clinical site at UMMC. This person is extremely dedicated and passionate when it comes to her work as a clinical pharmacist in the health-system.  The months she is on service you can find her arriving to work well before anyone else in order to give herself plenty of time to work up each patient.  She takes her role very seriously and is committed to helping each patient in every way she can.  She also is very passionate about educating students and sets a high standard to achieve while they are with her on rotation.  She has been quick to establish trust within the health care team and they are not hesitant to go to her with questions.  She has been a welcomed member of the Orange Medicine Team due to her excellent work ethic and tremendous pharmaceutical knowledge. Jamie joined MSHP shortly after moving to Mississippi with a desire to be involved locally.  She has served on the Education Committee this year and has been a wonderful addition.  She is extremely organized and took the lead on drafting the CE schedule, serving as a contact for all the speakers, compiling objectives, and ensuring prompt communication with speakers to address any questions they may have.  She will be the incoming Education Committee Chair.


Innovative Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice Award: Phil Ayers and the Nutrition Support Service at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

The recipient or recipients must:

  1. Must be a member of MSHP
  2. Must be a full-time practitioner of health-system pharmacy
  3. Must not be a previous award recipient for the same award

The practice must produce results which either:

  1. Demonstrate an improved method of practice within the profession of health-system pharmacy
  2. Contribute to the commercial development of a new drug product
  3. Contribute to the development of an improved patient treatment method, or
  4. Make a significant contribution to the advancement of pharmaceutical care.

The innovative practice awarded this year is one that embodies the criteria established for this prestigious honor.  The team implemented an innovative service that has improved patient safety, eliminated waste, and made significant contributions to the local and national nutrition support community.  The pharmacist led interprofessional patient care team that includes pharmacists, physicians, dietitians and nurses has had a tremendous impact on patient care.  The team is now relied upon for the management of 100% of adult and pediatric parenteral nutrition patients.  Since implementation of this initiative, parenteral nutrition (PN) waste has improved from 10% to now < 1% waste within the institution.  During times of unprecedented drug shortages, the Nutritional Support Service has implemented new processes to ensure the uninterrupted delivery nutrition support products. 

Members of the team have made significant contributions while serving in some of the highest roles of state and national organizations.  Four members have served as President for the Mississippi Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (MSPEN).  A current member is serving on the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Board of Directors, ASPEN Parenteral Nutrition Safety Committee, and the USP Task Force for Parenteral Nutrition Safety.  A member of this team also received the prestigious ASPEN Stanley Serlick Award for PN Safety in 2016.


Service Award:Kathryn Ayers

The service award is an award chosen by the Board for a person who has excelled in service to MSHP.

This year’s recipient has served in a number of roles within MSHP throughout the years, but one role that she has been actively involved in recently has been as a member of the Education Committee. When it comes to selecting food, tablescaping, and other décor, the committee has come to rely on this key person for these details. She is also described as a “bulldog” when it comes to negotiating contracts and she is someone you definitely want on your side of the table. Her hard work has helped the organization to ensure that our Annual Meeting goes off without a hitch each year. 


Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award:Laurie Fleming

The recipient of this award should demonstrate the following attributes:

  1. Outstanding cooperation with the entire health care team
  2. Outstanding service to the profession of health-system pharmacy
  3. Outstanding service to the community
  4. Outstanding contributions to the progress of health-system pharmacy

Laurie has served MSHP in almost every role possible, including a brief stent as Association Manager, over her years of service. She has filled the gap and lifted a hand to volunteer to help the organization move forward in a positive direction. Last summer, She was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. She has served as the Coordinator for the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program, and she was just named as the Director for this program. Her dedication to the program resulted in being awarded the Community Pharmacy Excellence in Precepting Award at the APhA Annual Meeting this past spring. Laurie is dedicated to her profession while balancing time with her husband, and son, Garrett.



Back to top

ASHP Policy Week and Legislative Day

Adapted from ASHP News Release – 10/2/2017

Nearly 100 members of ASHP on Wednesday, September 27th, paid visits to their congressional representatives’ offices in Washington, D.C., to advocate the organization’s top four legislative issues during the annual Capitol Hill event known as Legislative Day. Those four issues, said ASHP Director of Government Relations Joseph Hill, are provider status for pharmacists, “skyrocketing“ prescription drug pricing, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and opioid abuse.

Legislative Day was part of Policy Week, when members of ASHP’s five Councils and the Commission on Affiliate Relations meet in person for policy development and advocacy activities. Mississippi was well represented during ASHP’s Policy Week with Lea Eiland (ASHP Board Member), David Gregory (Council on Education and Workforce Development), Seena Haines (Council on Education and Workforce Development), Meredith Oliver (Council on Public Policy) and Wes Pitts (Commission on Affiliate Relations) in attendance.

Click here to see the “leave-behind” that was used by ASHP members during Legislative Day and go to ASHP's Political Activity Toolkit to learn how you can establish a dialogue with your elected officials that educates them about the roles pharmacists play on patient care teams.



Back to top

2017 MSHP Annual Meeting in Oxford, MS

By: Allie Funderburk, PY3 Student

After a great time attending the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Society of Health System Pharmacists in Biloxi, MS, I was eager to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting in Oxford, MS. This meeting offers so many great networking opportunities to student pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy practitioners. Current resident, Dr. Tia Collier, states “My fellow residents and I were very grateful for the multiple opportunities to interact with colleagues and expand our knowledge by attending the MSHP annual convention. Also, we enjoyed the thought-provoking continuing education (CE) sessions, and having time to converse with fellow pharmacists. Learning about how the pharmacy profession is expanding in Mississippi is always exciting.” For practitioners, attending the Annual Meeting is an opportunity to complete 12.5 hours of CE in a broad array of topics.

The meeting commenced on the afternoon of Thursday, July 20th with 3.5 hours of CE opportunities. On Thursday night, the attendees were invited to the exhibitor showcase and silent auction. I enjoyed networking with other students, practitioners and School of Pharmacy faculty during the showcase. As an upcoming PY3, it was a great opportunity to get to know some of the faculty that I now have as facilitators in Jackson. The silent auction is always a fun way to have some friendly competition with your peers, making sure that no one bids higher than you on the painting that you really want to bring home. This year, I scored the cutest painting of Colonel Reb!

Friday was very eventful, consisting of CE opportunities, a banquet lunch, and student programming. Dr. Lea Eiland spoke to PY4 students about preparing for residency. She gave us some really great advice regarding the residency application timeline, writing letters of intent, and interviewing tips. As an upcoming PY3, it was really helpful to hear her tips so that I can go ahead and start preparing for residency.

The student poster session was held Saturday morning. This is always a great time for students to showcase the research they have worked so hard on. Each year, the judges award a first, second, and third place winner. This year’s first place winner, Kathy Lee Barrack, claims, “Receiving first place at the MSHP Poster Session was truly an honor. According to my research, pharmacists are the drug experts and the front runners in the education of patient safety and narcotic disposal in the community. Pharmacists should take pride that they are a vital part of the health care team concerning the Opioid Epidemic.”  

This year’s conference was a true success. Dr. Collier said it best, “It is always a pleasure to be back in Oxford with its great food, beautiful scenery, and southern hospitality.” I look forward to returning to Oxford for the 2018 Annual Meeting!



Back to top

Spooky-U: A Pirate’s Life for Me

By: Kaitlyn Jones, P4 Student

Spooky-U is an annual Trunk-or-Treat event sponsored by the Medical Student Family Alliance (MSFA) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to benefit Batson Children’s Hospital. Schools and organizations sponsor booths, pick a theme and game, and hand out treats to the children of faculty, staff, and employees. The School of Pharmacy sponsored a booth and chose a pirate-theme for this year’s event. Kaitlyn Jones (P4) and Lauren Ramsey (P4) co-chaired the School of Pharmacy’s Spooky-U committee. The pharmacy school booth included a pirate-themed backdrop resembling the deck of a pirate ship.  A chandelier covered in cob-webs, miniature skulls, and spiders hung from the joists of the tent. Children visiting the pharmacy school booth could either “walk the plank” or defeat the sharks. A plank of wood was suspended from two cement blocks and children had to walk across the plank safely to the other side. Pharmacy student volunteers were positioned on either side of the plank as a helping hand. The second game was a modified bean bag toss. Children had to toss a bean bag into the mouth of a shark that was painted onto a wooden backdrop.  There were three sharks that the children had to defeat to win the game.

Pharmacy student volunteers loved playing with the children who visited the booth. Every child was sure to leave with a handful of candy and a smile after walking the plank and defeating the sharks. Adults from the Mustard Seed were present and enjoyed pairing up with a pharmacy student volunteer to help them walk the plank or fight the sharks. The night went by quickly as friendly faces visited the booth. Spooky-U is always a rewarding night and a tradition that School of Pharmacy will continue to follow.





Back to top

2017 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

2017 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

Joshua W. Fleming, PharmD, BCACP


In October, the School of Pharmacy held its annual local ASHP Clinical Skills Competition. This event is held to determine which students will represent the University of Mississippi at the national ASHP Clinical Skills Competition. This year thirteen teams of two competed in first round of the local competition. From there three teams advanced to the second round of the competition. Those teams were Meredith Oliver and Ashley Wellen; Austin Morrison and Carlen Johnson; and Marisa Pasquale and Kaitlyn Jones. At the conclusion of both rounds of the competition, Marisa Pasquale and Kaitlyn Jones were selected as our representatives for the national competition.

“It was very exciting to hear that Marisa and I had won the local Clinical Skills Competition! We were up against some stellar teams and were excited and humbled to see that our team was selected! We are looking forward to representing the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy at the national competition.” Jones said.   

In the coming weeks Marisa and Kaitlyn will be reviewing previous cases to strategize and prepare for the national ASHP Clinical Skills Competition which will be held on Saturday, October 2nd at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The national competition is structured similarly to the local competition with all teams competing in the first round and the top ten teams progressing to round two which will be held on Sunday, October 3rd

Allie Funderburk, President of the University of Mississippi Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP), said, “I would like say congratulations to this year’s Clinical Skills Competition winners. On behalf of the SSHP Chapter, we are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck in Orlando!”

I know that we all offer our support to Marisa and Kaitlyn! I am confident they will represent Mississippi well during this competition!



Back to top

New ACC/AHA Hypertension Guidelines

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released a new guideline on hypertension with a new definition that will call 130 to 139 mm Hg systolic or 80 to 89 mm Hg stage 1 hypertension. 

Want to know more? Click on the link below for a closer look at the guidelines: 

2017 Guideline for Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults



Back to top

Food for Thought

Is Beta Really Better?

Beta-blockers May Not Improve Mortality After Acute Myocardial Infarction

Leslie Davis, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

Following an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), current clinical guidelines recommend long-term treatment with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), a statin, and a beta-blocker. However, data from a study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that beta-blockers may not be necessary after a myocardial infarction if patients are adherent to ACE inhibitors and statins. 

Want to read the full article? Please see the attachement to this newsletter!



The Probiotic Debate

 Tia Collier, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

Multiple studies have provided evidence for the efficacy of probiotics in preventing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), especially in those inpatient receiving antimicrobials for prolonged periods of time. However, the American College of Gastroenterology guidelines do not currently recommend consistent use of probiotics in the primary prevention of CDI.1 In the past 10 years, CDIs have increased significantly costing the United States more than $4.8 billion, increased patients’ morbidity and mortality, and caused over 29,000 deaths in 2011.2 Up to 20% of patients with CDI experience initial treatment failure, and 40% - 60% of patients have a second recurrence.3 It is thought that co-administering probiotics with antibiotics will decrease CDIs through re-establishment of the gastrointestinal microbiota that is normally disrupted with antibiotic utilization...

...Several studies demonstrate the potential efficacy of probiotics in preventing CDIs among hospitalized adults taking antibiotics. Further, the importance of early initiation of the probiotics when antibiotics are begun for maximum efficacy was solidified. Based on these studies, probiotics may offer a preventative option in those patients with increased CDI risks. Potentially, 100,000 cases of CDI could be prevented and $500 million saved annually. This reveals an opportunity for us to recommend probiotics as CDI prevention in patients being initiated on antibiotics.  

Want to read the full article? Please see the attachement to this newsletter!


Back to top