The Synagis Debate: RSV Risk, Revised Recommendations, and Rising Cost

Learning Objectives: Discuss the prevalence of RSV and risk of hospitalization from severe disease across all neonatal and infant populations. Analyze data regarding palivizumab efficacy and cost effectiveness. Review revised 2014 palivizumab recommendations and discuss validity of changes.
Contemporary Forums

Current Neonatal Pain and Sedation Strategies: From Morphine to Dexmedetomidine

Learning Objectives: Discuss the effects of neonatal pain on brain development. Describe potential short- and long-term risks and benefits of morphine and dexmedetomidine in neonates. Providers will have increased knowledge on pain and sedation strategies in critically ill neonates.
Contemporary Forums

What is the Role for Steroids in Newborns with Cardiovascular Insufficiency?

Learning Objectives: Describe the basics of cortisol synthesis and physiology. Define relative adrenal insufficiency. Describe options for treatment of cardiovascular insufficiency.
Contemporary Forums

Toolkit for Community Pharmacists to Improve Patients’ Cardiovascular Health

The community pharmacist is positioned to engage patients in conversations about their health. Cardiovascular wellness has become a major focus through the Million Hearts™ Initiative that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Because of their close proximity to patients, community pharmacists are able to contribute to this initiative by providing screenings and education about blood pressure and cholesterol management, smoking cessation, aspirin an...
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: CIPS Knowledge Enterprise

Online CE/CME - New Drug Update April 2018: Parts 1 & 2

Earn 10 hours of ACPE, ANCC or AMA Category 2 credit, at the location of your choosing. At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: 1. Identify recent FDA drug communications, including but not limited to, labeling changes, warnings, new indications, new dosage forms and MedWatch alerts. 2. Discuss the new drugs with respect to their pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, approved and unapproved indications. 3. Describe their adverse effects and drug interactio...
University Learning Systems

The Legal Sufficiency of Documentation

Health professionals often wonder how much documentation is enough documentation, following the resolution of concerns with patient care. When and where to document are equally challenging issues for health professionals. This program discusses the legal requirements for documenting an event in patient care.

Online CE - Central Nervous System

Overview of the Fundamentals of Pharmacotherapy for Disorders of the Central Nervous System At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: Describe the fundamentals of neurotransmission List the sites of action of drugs that are used for CNS disorders List and describe the most common characteristics of neurotransmitters associated with the CNS List the drugs most commonly prescribed for the disorders discussed Compare and contrast the relative efficacy of drug...
University Learning Systems

Online CE - Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements: What the NIH and Other Experts Have to Say At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: Describe consumer trends in use of dietary supplements. Discuss top dietary supplements in the U.S. including the evidence-basis for their use. Describe problems with herb and dietary supplement products and strategies to assist patients in the safe use of these products. Identify quality sources of evidence-based information about dietary supplements an...
University Learning Systems

Online CE - The Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Crisis: Safe Prescribing-Balancing the Benefits and Risks for Patients with Acute and Chronic Pain At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: Describe the current data on the use and abuse of opioids in the US. Assess patients accurately with pain for consideration of an opioid trial. Establish realistic goals for pain management and restoration of function. Initiate and titrate opioid treatment (IR and ER/LA) safely and judiciously, maximizing ef...
University Learning Systems

Online CE - Hepatitis C

TEEMwork Makes the Dream Work: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Best Patient Care Practices for Hepatitis C At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: Review the pathophysiology and complications of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). Identify patients who are appropriate for treatment of HCV. Discuss current guidelines and recommendations for treatment of HCV in treatment naïve, compensated patients and in experienced, decompensated patients. Summarize common barriers...
University Learning Systems

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.

HIV Infection: An Update on Antiretroviral Therapy – Florida Board-Approved Edition

Florida Licensees: This issue, together with the Supplement (pages 13 - 19) meets the requirement of the Florida Board of Pharmacy for a CE course on HIV/AIDS. Thirty seven years after the first case of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was reported, 36.7 million people world-wide are living with HIV. About 1.8 million new HIV infections and 1 million AIDS-related deaths were reported in 2016. However, there has been significant progress in battling the disease over the last 20 year...
The Rx Consultant

Opioid Prescriptions: Balancing Misuse or Abuse With Pain Control

This CE activity meets the Florida Board of Pharmacy requirement for a Board-approved 2-hour continuing education course on the Validation of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances. It also meets other state board requirements for a continuing education course on patient safety. The appropriate and safe management of pain, and concerns about opioid overuse, abuse and overdose, have been making headlines for the past 20 years. Historically, opioids have been used for chronic non-cancer pain...
The Rx Consultant

Immunization Update: A Focus on Medical Indications for Vaccines in Adults

The Healthy People 2020 report, published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, includes targets for reducing vaccine-preventable disease rates and increasing vaccination rates in all age groups. According to the report, for each birth cohort (group of individuals born in the same year), immunization with the routine childhood vaccination schedule prevents 14 million cases of disease and reduces direct healthcare costs by $9.9 billion. Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective c...
The Rx Consultant

Diabetes Update

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) updates their practice guidelines every year, incorporating new data that can have a significant impact on patient health, care, and outcomes. Each January for the past 26 years, the ADA has published these guidelines as the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, referred to simply as the “Standards of Care.” This publication is the go-to reference guide for many healthcare professionals who care for people with diabetes. It provides practitioners, p...
The Rx Consultant

Hypertension Update 2018

This issue will bring you up to date on the recent guidelines for the management of hypertension in adults. Key Takeaways: • Two guidelines, two definitions of hypertension: The 2017 ACC/AHA guideline defines stage 1 hypertension as a BP of 130/80 mmHg or above. In contrast, the hypertension guideline from the 8th Joint National Committee (JNC 8) defines hypertension as BP of 140/90 mmHg or above - an ongoing controversy. • Think preventive: ACC/AHA recommends lifestyle changes for p...
The Rx Consultant

Moving the Needle on Blood Pressure Management in Adults

High blood pressure affects millions of patients in the United States and is a commonly encountered disease state in the healthcare arena. With the role of a pharmacist expanding to include additional clinical functions such as medication therapy management and collaborative practice, it is essential that an evidence-based approach is taken when assessing patients as well as evaluating and optimizing pharmacotherapy regimens. New guidelines are available to help guide the assessment and treatm...

Online CE - Marijuana and Other Schedule 1 Drugs: Potential for Medical Use and Abuse

Compare and contrast the evidence for and against the medical use of all substances discussed with special emphasis on marijuana. List the commonly used indications for medical marijuana. Discuss how medical marijuana is dosed. List the commonly encountered restrictions to the use of medical marijuana. Describe the rational used for promoting the recreational use of marijuana. Describe the abuse and addictive potential of all substances discussed. Discuss the scope of the abuse problem w...
University Learning Systems

Online CE - What’s New with Lipid Management: Managing Statin Intolerance, Consensus Recommendations, New Evidence, and PCSK9 Inhibitors

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: 1. Review medications and lifestyle modifications that are recommended for the treatment of dyslipidemia. 2. Identify the patient populations that benefit from statin therapy according to consensus guidelines. 3. Discuss recommendations from the US Preventative Services Task Force for statin therapy in primary prevention. 4. Define the role in of nonstatin therapy in the treatment of dyslipidemia. 5. Compare and contra...
University Learning Systems

Online CE - What’s New with Hypertension: How Low to Go, New Evidence, Consensus Recommendations, and Treating Resistant Hypertension

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: Review medications and lifestyle modifications that are recommended for the treatment of hypertension. Compare and contrast guidelines and consensus recommendations for the treatment of patients with hypertension. Identify patient specific blood pressure goals for patients with hypertension. Interpret findings from the SPRINT trial and identify strengths and weaknesses of these data when applies to determining a patient-...
University Learning Systems

Online CE - Advances in the Management of Diabetes

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: Review recent updates to the standards of care recommended by the American Diabetes Association. Evaluate the advantages, disadvantages, and place in therapy for recently approved diabetes medications. Describe recent cardiovascular outcome trials for new diabetes medications and their implications for patient care. Identify new insulin delivery devices and glucose monitoring devices and Determine their utility in patie...
University Learning Systems

In the Wrong Hands: Preventing Accidental Poisonings in Children

Despite the sustained progress made by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970, the percentage of childhood deaths attributed to medications continues to increase. Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses are in a prime position to provide education and awareness through professional advocacy. This session seeks to define the scope of the problem using analytical data collected from poison control centers in the United States. In addition, recommendations for the appropriate response ...

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...

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...

Fundamental Compounding and Calculations

FUNDAMENTAL COMPOUNDING & CALCULATIONS is a 3-day, 21-hour practice-based course designed for pharmacists, technicians, marketers, and students who are new to compounding or who have had training in the past, but want a refresher. Physicians and other health care professionals are welcome to attend. This hands-on course focuses on the proper preparation of fundamental dosage forms utilized by pharmacies that are compounding medications for their patients. Participants will learn through...
American College of Apothecaries

Veterinary Compounding Essentials

VETERINARY COMPOUNDING ESSENTIALS is a 15 hour practice-based course that introduces pharmacists, technicians, and marketers to veterinary pharmacy compounding. The program provides fundamental techniques for effectively growing the veterinary compounding practice, including calculations, proper safety practices, hands-on compounding, and marketing. Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge of animal diseases where a compounding pharmacist ...
American College of Apothecaries

Compounding for Hormone Replacement Therapy

COMPOUNDING FOR HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY is a 15 hour practice-based course designed for pharmacists, technicians, marketers, and students who want to learn more about a growing segment for compounding. Physicians and other healthcare professionals are welcome to attend. Using the basic components of compounding, HRT can be the cornerstone of a successful pharmacy with a diversified practice. Participants will gain a comprehensive knowledge of how and why a patient and practitioner should u...
American College of Apothecaries

Compounding for Hormone Replacement Therapy

COMPOUNDING FOR HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY is a 15 hour practice-based course designed for pharmacists, technicians, marketers, and students who want to learn more about a growing segment for compounding. Physicians and other healthcare professionals are welcome to attend. Using the basic components of compounding, HRT can be the cornerstone of a successful pharmacy with a diversified practice. Participants will gain a comprehensive knowledge of how and why a patient and practitioner should u...
American College of Apothecaries

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...

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...

Veterinary Pharmacy Conference 2018

Join ACVP at the Annual Veterinary Pharmacy Conference. Experience 10 hrs of continuing education for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians & marketers focused on veterinary pharmacy and pharmacology.
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

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...

Therapeutic Options for Managing Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Pharmacists play a vital role in the comprehensive therapy management of patients with multiple sclerosis. Patients treated for multiple sclerosis are often faced with complicated treatment regimens requiring the use of concomitant therapies or switch therapies. Additionally, patients taking these drugs may experience a host of medication related adverse events; pharmacists may assist with adverse event mitigation. Further, patients with multiple sclerosis are often found to struggle with a...
MCPHS University

APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program (14th Edition) is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health. The purpose of this certificat...
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

Navigating FDA Black Box Warnings: Dealing with Common Comorbidities in Patients with Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders

Black box warnings (BBWs) are the most serious warnings required by the FDA to be included in the labeling of prescription drugs when evidence of potential harm or hazard is associated with use of a specific agent. Misunderstood and potentially undesirable BBW associated with the use of antipsychotics and antidepressants make it difficult for primary care providers to be agreeable to providing treatment, including maintaining long term therapy. As new medications are released, health care pro...
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

Healthcare Quality and Safety 2018

Healthcare Quality and Safety 2018 Within both ambulatory and inpatient settings, there is mounting pressure to improve quality, safety, and efficiency. The key question, however, is how. This Harvard Medical School CME conference provides education, strategies, how-tos and specific guidance to address this challenge. Customize Your Learning Experience 360-degree education is unique to this conference, delivering diverse perspectives from multidisciplinary quality and safety experts, inc...
Harvard Medical School Global and Continuing Education

Management of Chronic Pain for the Community Pharmacist

As we are amidst the opioid epidemic, it is imperative that pharmacists are aware of updated policies, guidelines, and best practices surrounding pain management with opioids. This CE will discuss updates to Massachusetts Law and CDC's guidelines on chronic pain management (released 03/2016). Recommendations from the updated guidelines will be applied to a community pharmacy setting and provide pharmacists with best practices in order to improve safety and efficiency when dispensing opioid med...
MCPHS University

Therapeutics in Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a chronic and progressive pathology. While treatment approaches are inclusive of laser therapy and surgical interventions, common initial strategies involve implementing topical medication therapy. Pharmacists are at the forefront of this latter therapeutic approach. Epidemiologically, diagnoses of glaucoma are widespread. Tham et al (2014) have reported that more than 60 million individuals (40-80 years of age) are impacted by glaucoma, based upon 2013 data. This number is expecte...
MCPHS University

Navigating New Options to Improve Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma

As new combinations and classes of agents emerge for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM), community-based treatment teams require clarity on the optimal integration of recently approved and emerging agents into the relapsed/refractory landscape for MM. While high-dose chemotherapy is not appropriate for all patients, multiple options have emerged that demonstrate a clinical benefit and require proper integration into the treatment paradigm. In addition, clinicians must meet requirements for...
The Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, and Rockpointe Oncology.

Targeted Therapy for Skin Malignancies: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, and Merkel Cell

Patients may not always be offered the most appropriate single and combination targeted therapies that have been proven effective in clinical trials. Currently available clinical data have practice-changing implications for medical oncologists, dermatologists, and related specialists treating skin malignancies. To stay up to date with the latest data, evidence will be presented related to the role of BRAF inhibition, hedgehog signaling, and immunotherapy in the pathogenesis and treatment of ba...
The Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, and Rockpointe Oncology.

Dispensing Emergency Contraception Through a Standing Order - 2017 Update

Through Massachusetts General Law 94c Section 19A pharmacists are able to dispense emergency contraception (levonorgestrel and ulipristal acetate) through a standing order signed by an active, registered, physician. This presentation has been approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to meet the requirements for special training for emergency contraception. Upon completing this continuing education, registered pharmacists in the state of Massachusetts will meet all necessary requirem...
MCPHS University

Antiretroviral Drug Interactions: What Every Pharmacist Should Now

The number of patients diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been slowly declining over the past 10 years. But with current antiretroviral therapy (ART) options, patients with HIV are living much longer than they ever have before, approaching the life expectancy of a patient without HIV. ART is life-saving for HIV patients, but they are required to be on these medications indefinitely, and the majority of these medications have significant adverse effects and drug interactions....
MCPHS University

Precision Medicine and Impact of Therapeutic Drug Levels

Much has been written recently about the need for genetic testing and biomarkers to identify specific targets within cancers, recognizing that there are many subclones and individual differences within the malignancies that arise in patients, even in those with morphologically similar cancers. Another important aspect of cancer treatment is the need to optimize the dose and schedule of administered therapies. Pharmacogenomics has demonstrated that the bioavailability and half-lives of anti-ca...
The Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, and Rockpointe Oncology.

Redefining Care for BRCA and Other Familial-associated Cancers

Advances in molecular genetics and testing have refined the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for patients with BRCA and other familial genetic syndromes. As women with germline BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are at an increased risk for developing high-grade serous ovarian cancer, there are implications for genetic testing, family counseling, radiologic screening, and pharmaceutical choices in the community setting. Molecular and genetic advances, such as novel PARP inhibitors, are altering the ...
The Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, and Rockpointe Oncology.

Metastatic Breast Cancer

While mortality rates for breast cancer are decreasing, metastatic breast cancer (MBC) remains incurable. This session will review new treatment options based on molecular and genetic information, the level of evidence used to formulate practice guidelines, as well as updates from ASCO 2017. New agents, including PARP inhibitors for those with appropriate mutations, will also be discussed. Clinically-oriented guidelines on the management of MBC were developed by the European Society for Medica...
The Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, and Rockpointe Oncology.

Use of Oncology Quality Measures Where Do We Go from Here?

The new CMMI guidelines for physician reimbursement for patient care require some demonstration of quality and value in care delivery. Certain quality programs are available to oncologists (such as PQRS, QOPI, etc.). These assessments of quality require demonstration that specific guidelines are measured and followed within acceptable compliance targets. This session will address how these measures are developed and applied for use in the new payment models.
The Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, and Rockpointe Oncology.

Achieving Precision Care in Gastrointestinal Cancers

Treatment selection is largely dependent on the goals of therapy; however, sequencing of standard therapies with newly approved therapies as patients’ progress is a key factor in improving quality of care. The recent approval of new agents and advances in biomarker detection have supported the individualization of treatment and subsequent improvements in survival for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. As new agents are expected to enter the treatment paradigm in 2017, clinicians will r...
The Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, and Rockpointe Oncology.

I'll Try Anything! Using Prescription and OTC Products to Manage Menopause Symptoms

Menopause happens to every woman, if she is fortunate enough to survive to middle adulthood but each woman experiences menopause differently. Many women seek help in managing the various symptoms of menopause, especially hot flashes. This program covers the supplements and prescription medications that can help your patients calm the flames of menopause.

Battling the Burp and Burn of Functional Dyspepsia

Functional dyspepsia is a disorder of the upper digestive tract that results in significant painful symptoms. Many lifestyle changes, supplements, medical foods, and prescription medications can be tried to manage this condition but none are FDA approved. Patients frequently seek self treatment for this condition but may think they have GERD. Pharmacists are ideally positioned to provide appropriate counseling on the management of functional dyspepsia.

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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