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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2018 Advances in GI & Hepatology: Live Endoscopy and More

Join experts from across the spectrum of GI care for this update on gastrointestinal and hepatological diseases and their management. This course features live therapeutic endoscopy cases where participants see, hear and interact with renowned endoscopists treating complex GI conditions in real time; using a variety of advanced endoscopic procedures and novel state-of-the-art technologies that may obviate the need for surgical intervention. Live cases will be transmitted in high-definition ...
Virginia Mason

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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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...
Mayo Clinic

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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11th International Congress on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Since its inception 17 years ago, the International Congress on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms has provided a forum for the interaction of practicing hematologists, oncologists, translational scientists, and other healthcare professionals with experts from both the US and Europe in the myeloproliferative neoplasms, including chronic myeloid leukemia, the hyper-eosinophilic syndromes and mastocytosis. This year’s program will feature the latest information on the pathophysiology and management ...
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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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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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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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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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Melting Pots and Stained Glass Windows: Genetic Differences in Our Patients

Every time we look out over our prescription counter we see a very unique individual. Every one of our patients will metabolize and excrete drugs based on their own genetic makeup. As medicine becomes more specific for disease states, medications will become even more specific based on the patient's ability to metabolize and excrete drugs. This program will focus on the most common drugs and the most common P450 enzyme families. Population groups will also be discussed with regard to disease s...
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Self-Care Specialist (SCS) Unit 4: Women's Health

Women are generally not too shy in asking questions in the "Feminine Hygiene" aisle. They are very proactive about their health and given a private area, they will specifically tell you what symptoms they are having. This activity is an overview to women's most frequent health issues, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections and menstrual maladies. We will discuss the number of sexual lubricants that are available and select the right ones be it for a woman wanting to conceive or...
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Self-Care Specialist (SCS) Unit 1: Introduction to Self-Care

This activity is an introduction to over-the-counter drug therapy designed to make the pharmacist understand the scope and cost savings of OTC medications. A brief history of the laws that govern OTC products as well as approaches to helping patients make informed self-care choices. Although the behind the counter concept does exist, and is currently underutilized participants will see the need for expansion for that category. Join "Professor Pete" Kreckel a pharmacist with nearly four decades...
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New Drugs and Drug News of 2017

Pharmacy practitioners need to be knowledgeable about new drugs introduced to the market, and public health advisories about drug therapy.
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How Sweet It Is! Management of Diabetes: Introduction to Diabetes Mellitus

Pharmacy practitioners need to be able to recognize patients at risk for diabetes mellitus, and how to differentiate between types 1 and 2, because this drives drug therapy decision making.
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How Sweet It Is! Management of Diabetes: Diabetes Disease State Management

Pharmacists are increasingly providing diabetes disease state management in large numbers. This presentation will pull together all the information in this series through a case-based discussion.
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How Sweet It Is! Management of Diabetes: Lifestyle Modification and Diabetes Mellitus

Step one after diagnosis of diabetes mellitus is implementation of a plan for lifestyle modification, which generally includes dietary change and a physical activity plan. Pharmacy practitioners are frequently unsure how to provide these recommendations. Pharmacy practitioners may also advise patients with diabetes on other interventions such as stress management.
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The Challenges of Invasive Fungal Infections in Community Hospitals: A CME Guidebook to Improve Therapy and Clinical Outcomes

This interactive digital guidebook addresses the unique challenges of the community hospital to aid community practitioners, emergency-department physicians, critical-care physicians, hematologists, oncologists, and transplant surgeons in the treatment of patients with invasive fungal infections (IFIs), particularly in immunocompromised or immunosuppressed patients. Chapter topics include the epidemiology and burden of IFIs, ensuring a timely and accurate diagnosis, and the selection of approp...
ACHL

ALASKA CRUISE ON PRINCESS: Medical/Dental Challenges in Alaskan Communities

The Professional Education Society invites you to join our CME/CE Seminar for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals. Join PES on an adventure of a lifetime to the last frontier and view vast stretches of pristine scenery, glaciers, gold rush towns, and remarkable wildlife! Family and friends welcome! Planned In Country Healthcare Topics Include: - Strategies for Improving Community Access to Healthcare - Importance of Cross-Cultural Competence on Patient Outcom...
Professional Education Society

An Integrative Approach to Treating Inflammation

Inflammation is the root or can play a major role in numerous diseases, from heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and even disease states of the digestive tract. Complementary therapy has proven to be effective and often comes with a lower side-effect profile than many anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications). We will cover how lifestyle aspects, including exercise, diet, relaxation strategies and nutritional therapy can support hea...
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