Fluoroquinolones Warnings & Side Effects - What You Need to Know

This issue reviews uncommon but serious side effects of systemic fluoroquinolones. Dosing considerations, use in children and during pregnancy, and potential drug interactions are also discussed. Fluoroquinolones are broad-spectrum antibiotics that have been used to treat infections of varying types and severity since the 1980s. They are well-tolerated by most patients; however, a growing body of evidence has linked fluoroquinolone use to rare but disabling, and potentially permanent, side ...
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Depression: More Reasons & Options for Recovery

Depression (major depressive disorder, or MDD) was the leading cause of disability worldwide in 2017. In 2015, 7-10% of adults and 10-12% of adolescents in the US suffered from MDD. Alarmingly, suicide completion rates in the US increased 24% from 1999 to 2014.5 In 2015, suicide was the second leading cause of death in 15-34 year olds and the third leading cause of death in 10-14 year olds. Depression is also a known contributor to the illness and death associated with chronic pain and disease...
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4th Annual Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Disease Conference

Presented by Continuing Education Company for the past 25 years, our Primary Care CME Conference Series is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. This year, CEC is pleased to host the 4th Annual Diabetes, Obesity, & Metabolic Disease Conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on April 12-14, 2019. Cardiometabolic disorders are a cluster of health conditions associated with cardiovascular disease and type 2 dia...
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13th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference Session II

Continuing Education Company has been organizing its Primary Care Conference Series for the past 25 years. The 13th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. Join us this March and April when we hold the 13th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference. This conference will be repeated in two sessions for convenience in scheduling. Sessions I and...
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13th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference Session I

Continuing Education Company has been organizing its Primary Care Conference Series for the past 25 years. The 13th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. Join us this March and April when we hold the 13th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference. This conference will be repeated in two sessions for convenience in scheduling. Sessions I and...
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7th Annual Primary Care Winter Conference

Presented by Continuing Education Company for the past 25 years, our Primary Care Conference CME Series is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. This year, the 7th Annual Primary Care Winter CME Conference is being held in Maui, Hawaii at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, a AAA four diamond oceanfront resort situated along a spectacular stretch of the famed Ka'anapali Beach and ...
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7th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Winter Conference

Continuing Education Company has been organizing its' Primary Care Conference Series for the past 25 years. The 7th Annual Essentials in Primary Care CME Conference is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. Join us this February when we hold the 7th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Winter CME Conference in Naples, a charming resort city in southwest Florida. Program Obje...
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9th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Fall Conference Session II

Continuing Education Company has been organizing its' Primary Care CME Conference Series for the past 25 years. The 8th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Fall Conference is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. Join us this November and December when we hold the 8th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Fall Conference at the amazing Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key in the beautiful F...
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9th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Session I

Continuing Education Company has been organizing its' Primary Care CME Conference Series for the past 25 years. The 8th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Fall Conference is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. Join us this November and December when we hold the 8th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Fall Conference at the amazing Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key in the beautiful F...
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3rd Annual Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine for the Primary Care Provider

Presented by Continuing Education Company (CEC); for the past 25 years our Primary Care CME Conference Series is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. This year, CEC is pleased to host the 3rd Annual Emergency and Urgent Care Medicine for the Primary Care Provider Conference to be held in San Diego at The Westin San Diego October 26-28, 2018. Emergency and Urgent Care medicine involves the delivery of immediate medical care for the treatment of ac...
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8th Annual Primary Care Fall Conference

Presented by Continuing Education Company for the past 25 years, our Primary Care CME Conference Series is designed to update primary care clinicians in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. The emphasis is on practical and useful information for clinical practice. This year, the Primary Care Fall Conference is being held in Maui, Hawaii at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, a AAA four diamond oceanfront resort situated along a spectacular stretch of the famed Ka'anapali Beach and on the legendary ...
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2nd Annual National Hospitalist Conference

The 2nd Annual National Hospitalist Conference on September 7-9, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio is designed to provide attendees with the information and skills to improve the care of hospitalized patients. This conference has been accredited for up to 15 CME credits. The conference's focus is on the practical management of problems commonly encountered in hospital medicine. An emphasis will be placed on recent advances, up-to-date practices, and guidelines for inpatient care. This 3-d...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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But I Don't Dispense Those! A Community Pharmacist's Guide to Immuno-Oncology Agents

The promise of the immune system in helping to treat cancer has finally become a reality in the past few years. The immune system is designed to differentiate between normal cells foreign cells. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to start an immune response. Cancer cells often may look like normal cells and may evade the immune system recognition. An important molecule in this process is CTLA4 and thus a CT...
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Pharmacy Spanish for Beginners: Avoiding Errors Commonly Encountered by Spanish Speaking Patients

Half of computer-generated Spanish prescription labels are either inaccurate or incomplete, causing patient errors. Learn the basic Spanish that you will need in order to proof directions for use and to provide them verbally with confidence. You will also learn to translate common directions for use from English. This activity serves not only to decrease patient errors, but to also develop a better rapport with Spanish speaking patients.
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Medication Adherence: A Critical Component of Healthcare

This issue will bring you up to date on the impact of nonadherence on chronic conditions and strategies for increasing compliance. Key Takeaways: • Medication nonadherence contributes to poor clinical outcomes (including higher hospitalization and death rates) and increases healthcare costs. • Risk factors/red flags for medication non-adherence include depression, cognitive impairment, missed office visits, poor patient/provider relationship, and lack of response to medication. • S...
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A Pharmacist's Dozen: A Review of the Most Influential Medications of All Time

The average life span has consistently increased over the past decades, or even century, due to huge advances in overall health care, but with particular attention to medicinal breakthroughs. Year after year, more and more medications are developed and marketed to become some of the most famous medications of all time. In this presentation, we will take a step back, and review what can be considered the most influential medications ever. Some medications can be debated as to having either a po...
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Medical Cannabis Update: Emerging Roles for Pharmacists

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have now enacted laws regarding cannabis. This includes medical and recreational use of cannabis. Pharmacists may be uncomfortable discussing cannabis use with patients given its Schedule I status and potential drug interactions; however, it is necessary for pharmacists to provide education and effective counseling when patients use cannabis. This program will address key issues so that pharmacists are better able to discuss the medical use of ca...
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Gotta Catch Them All! The Pokemon Approach to Understanding Direct Oral Anticoagulants

Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are recognized by guidelines as first-line options for the treatment of venous thromboembolism and prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in nonvalular atrial fibrillation. Now that multiple DOACs have been FDA approved for these indications, and their use is wide-spread, it is challenging to ensure patient safety as each agent has slightly different pharmacokinetic considerations with its use. This program will address safety and efficacy with each agent...
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FDA Black Box Warnings

Black Box Warnings (BBW) have been established and recognized as the highest level warning from the FDA to promote optimal patient safety. Although clinicians are generally aware of the importance of these alerts, the inconsistency in how these alerts are documented has become an increasing concern now that there are electronic updates to labeling (and many more generic companies now involved). This program will provide an update on class BBW exploring the AHFS by therapeutic categories as wel...
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The Controlled Substance Dilemma: Health Care or Health Threat?

Pharmacy has been thrust into the national spotlight as solutions are sought to manage the inappropriate distribution of prescription medications. This session seeks to explore various tools available to the pharmacy staff to combat illicit distribution, while maintaining appropriate and legitimate patient access to prescribed medications. The effectiveness and limitations of state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are discussed in the context of "red flag" behaviors that may sugge...
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No Butts About It: Fighting Nicotine Addiction

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, death, and disability in the United States. Approximately 50% of tobacco users attempt to quit each year, although only 10% succeed. Pharmacologic agents may be effectively incorporated to significantly increase the chances of success, yet 50-75% of smokers who try to quit do not use any evidence-based cessation counseling or medications. Healthcare personnel, then, have an enormous opportunity to assist patients in developing an ef...
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Paying the Piper: An Overview of the U.S. Healthcare System

Despite spending the most money per capita on healthcare related expenses, key outcomes data for the United States lags behind that of many developed countries. From a very broad perspective, this session seeks to examine the components of various global healthcare systems and to identify the elements that have been woven into our own framework. The session additionally seeks to identify and discuss opportunities for healthcare personnel to positively influence the challenges that our unique s...
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Medication Safety: Protection Versus Production -FL APPROVED-

Healthcare teams boast unprecedented resources and tools for reduction in medication error. Despite staggering technological advances, errors continue. In fact, new opportunities for error have emerged with some of the very tools intended to eliminate systematic errors. Using established psychological principles, human engineering factors are examined and extrapolated to the unique challenges of the contemporary pharmacy setting. Recurring problematic areas in pharmacy practice will be extensi...
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Standards of Care and Updates in the Treatment of Heart Failure

The release of the PARADIGM-HF study and approval of sacubitril/valsartan provided a new treatment option (ARNIs) that could lead to better outcomes for patients with heart failure. This activity will provide an overview of the currently recommended morbidity and mortality-reducing agents for patients with heart failure. It will summarize key clinical trials that have led to the current recommendations for medication use in heart failure, with specific emphasis on the evidence around the use o...
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Trash Talk: Pharmaceutical Waste in the 21st Century

Thousands of metric tons of pharmaceutical waste are produced annually, but where does it all go? The associated environmental, economic, and public health concerns continue to mount global interest. Currently, state and federal regulations classify pharmaceutical waste and define proper disposal/destruction, and drug companies and health care institutions are putting more effort into developing waste reduction methods. Recommendations for disposing or returning unwanted medications are availa...
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Long Term Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors...Is it Safe?

Over the last number of years and even most recently observational studies have surfaced examining the long term safety of proton pump inhibitors, most notably the prescription PPIs. Some of the long term effects that have been observed in these studies include dementia, fractures, kidney disease, nutrient malabsorption, infections and most recently death. Despite all of the data that has been published it is important to look more closely at these studies since they are only observational and...
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Medication Therapy Management: A Focus on Hypertension

The pharmacist plays an integral part in minimizing and preventing medication-related problems. Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is patient care provided by a pharmacist aimed to optimize drug therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes for patients. Pharmacists should have an understanding of the core elements of MTM, MTM provisions of Medicare Part D benefits and considerations when developing MTM services. Use of appropriate communication skills and accurate assessment techniques is key dur...
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28th Annual Mayo Clinic Hematology/Oncology Reviews 2018

This course is a comprehensive review of hematology/oncology that focuses on the application of new clinical and research advancements and developments over the preceding year. The most important clinical management questions in hematology/oncology will be addressed in highly interactive sessions. Attendees will leave with up-to-date, practical information which will have immediate clinical application. Attendees are encouraged to bring portable computer devices to view the syllabus on the co...
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A New Hope in the Prevention of Shingles

Shingles is cause by a reactivation of latent varicella-zoster (VZV) virus. Risk of reactivation is a reality in more than 90% of adults who have been infected by VZV. Shingles can cause considerable pain and most notably can cause postherpetic neuralgia as a complication. Zostavax was recommended to prevent shingles in individuals over the age of 50 but was 50% effective in preventing VZV reactivation. Shingrix was approved by the FDA in October 2017. Shingrix has been shown to have an effica...
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Bringing Contact Lenses into Focus

Many patients are overwhelmed by the numerous over-the-counter options available for contact lens care. This presentation will review basics of contact lens solutions for both soft and hard lenses. It is important to be knowledgeable about the products available in order to accurately counsel patients. We will explain some common complications associated with poor lens hygiene. We will also go over topical ophthalmic medications to treat these complications. Facts on patient compliance will be...
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From the Patient’s Lens: Winning Communications for the Most Difficult Encounters

Pharmacy team members with excellent skills in communications stand out! These are usually the team members who are asked to de-escalate situations with customers, as others back slowly away. With the appropriate use of keenly developed skills, magic unfolds! Suddenly, the angry customer is speaking rationally and working through the same situation that caused an explosion with another well-intentioned team member. How is it, then, that the two associates achieve vastly different results when ...
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Impact of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, infecting more than 6 million new people each year. At least 50% of sexually active people will be infected with HPV at some point during their lifetime. More than 200 strains of HPV have been identified with results of infection ranging the spectrum from genital warts to multiple types of cancers. Three vaccines active against the HPV strains most commonly involved in development of genital wart...
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The Opioid Crisis: From Misuse to Abuse to Death

Opioid overdoses and deaths have been increasing at an alarming rate. The over-prescribing and misuse of prescription opioids in recent years has led to heroin abuse, overdoses and deaths in numbers never seen before. Contributing to these deaths has been the contamination of heroin with fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and other synthetic opioids. Abuse-deterrent formulations, prescription drug monitoring programs and "bystander" naloxone availability are some of the strategies being used to attem...
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Home Safe Home? Poisonings With Household Products

Pharmacists are often the first-line health care professionals that the public and other health care providers seek for information about adult and pediatric poisonings with household products. Many are not aware of the hazards associated with these common products nor the treatment of poisonings with these products. Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses should be proactive in providing information to patients to help prevent poisonings.
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Don't Believe Everything Your Hear: Poison and Overdose Myths and Misconceptions

Toxicology is fraught with myths and misconceptions. Poison centers are often consulted about patients who are treated based on these myths. From the assessment to the treatment of poisonings and overdoses, these myths can have negative consequences.
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Lifestyle Medicine in Day-to-Day Practice: Skills Development Programs for Guiding Patients to Healthier Lives

Lifestyle Medicine in Day-to-Day Practice is a new Harvard Medical School CME program that offers a series of targeted lifestyle medicine educational and skills development programs. What makes this education unique is its focus on the “how-to” elements of lifestyle medicine -- how to expand your current approaches to treatment and prevention with pragmatic, effective, evidence-based lifestyle medicine interventions. This year, we offer two lifestyle medicine programs. You can attend o...
Harvard Medical School Global and Continuing Education

Maternal Newborn Nursing Exam Review - Livingston

Presented in lecture format, this course reviews topics for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) examination “Maternal Newborn Nursing." Elements of the examination are discussed, followed by a review of the content. The major components include disease processes during pregnancy, maternal and fetal complications, postpartum and neonatal assessments. Practice questions are integrated throughout the presentation. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES This program prepares the learner to: 1...
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Medication Error Prevention for Practicing Pharmacists

This program will provide tools and techniques for community pharmacists to reduce medication errors in their pharmacies. It will discuss how root cause analysis and failure mode and effects analysis can hep prevent future medication errors and improve patient safety. The program will also provide insight into how technology and electronic prescribing can cause medication errors and what community pharmacists can do to help prevent these types of errors.
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Vaccine Handling, Storage, and Administration Review

Vaccination recommendations change frequently. Pharmacists must stay up to date on current vaccine storage, handling, and administration techniques in order to ensure patient's receive competent and safe care.
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Adolescent Depression and Anxiety: A Review of Treatment Options

Depression and anxiety in adolescents is more prevalent than most adults realize. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions can improve functioning and quality of life for many adolescents.
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Case-Based Management of HIV in the Community Setting - FL APPROVED -

More than 1.2 million individuals are living with HIV/AIDS, yet, less than half of these individuals achieve virologic suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART) due to unrecognized or unmanaged side effects, drug interactions, or issues with adherence. The goals of ART are to reduce HIV/AIDS associated morbidity and mortality as well as reduce the number of new infections. Another area of increased interest is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent transmission of HIV. Although PrEP ha...
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Antihyperglycemic Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes: What's Guiding Pharmacotherapy Choice?

Diabetes treatment options continue to expand. While this allows providers to have a larger armamentarium for treatment, questions still remain about the best option(s) to use in certain patients. Clinical inertia related to progressive diabetes management also exists for many patients and providers, making successful glycemic control even more difficult. This program will provide and overview of strategies used for recognizing and overcoming clinical inertia. It will also provide an overview ...
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Antihyperglycemic Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes: What's Guiding Pharmacotherapy Choice?

Diabetes treatment options continue to expand. While this allows providers to have a larger armamentarium for treatment, questions still remain about the best option(s) to use in certain patients. Clinical inertia related to progressive diabetes management also exists for many patients and providers, making successful glycemic control even more difficult. This program will provide and overview of strategies used for recognizing and overcoming clinical inertia. It will also provide an overview ...
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