Sterile Compounding: Product Sterility Testing & Final Release Checks of CSPs - 2017 Update

This activity has been updated and renewed with a new ACPE number for participants to complete beginning May 30, 2017 Based on the previous outcomes from the NECC and the MA Board of Registration in Pharmacy's decision to increase CE credit requirements in the compounding area of pharmacy practice, this course hopes to provide insight in the importance of sterile compounding based on USP -- specifically Sterility Testing and Final Release Checks. Currently many pharmacies follow the guide...
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Sterile Compounding: Hand Hygiene, Garbing, and Fingertip Sampling - 2017 Update

This activity has been updated and renewed with a new ACPE number for participants to complete beginning June 22, 2017. Over the years, pharmacy practices in sterile compounding have greatly improved based on the implementation of the guidelines, but there is still a need for more improvement and consistency within the practice among all pharmacies. Pharmacists need to have a basic understanding of how to properly prepare sterile products so as to not cause harm to their patients. They mus...
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Sterile Compounding: Assuring the Quality of Compounded Sterile Products - 2017 Update

The Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy requires that pharmacists engaged in or overseeing sterile products compounding obtain additional education specific to this area in order to maintain their licensure. Among the items these pharmacists need to know are how FDA lists of compounding drugs can be utilized in daily compounding operations and how to evaluate appropriate air, surface temperature, and pressure monitoring methods to be in compliance with state and federal regulations. Interactive le...
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Back From the Brink: Naloxone as an Opioid Overdose Weapon for Pharmacists

Drug overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate in the United States and the most recent legal changes directly involve pharmacists in combating this epidemic. Patients and their caregivers now have increased access to naloxone and overdose information from outside of the traditional prescriber-patient relationship. Through state-specific protocols, pharmacists can prescribe naloxone prescriptions for the patient or their caregiver with civil immunity if written for a “legitimate medical p...
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The Next Evolution in Cancer Therapy: 2016

As the number of cancer therapies grow at unprecedented rates, it is hard for the general pharmacist to keep up to date. Many of these drugs are oral and, while the pharmacist may not directly work with these agents, they need to be aware of their toxicities as well as interactions with other drugs. This presentation will give a general overview of the newly approved drugs within the last year, where they fall within the armamentarium of cancer-fighting agents and important information that th...
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Personalizing Medicine with Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacogenomics, the study of how genetic variability influences drug response, is a clinically important branch of science that is increasingly being used to personalize medication therapy. Patients and other healthcare providers may turn to pharmacists for clinical pharmacogenomics information, and all pharmacists should be equipped with baseline knowledge in this area. This includes a fundamental understanding of the genetic basis for inter-individual variability in drug response, the term...
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More Than Skin in the Game - The Pharmacists Role in Treating Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis is more than just a cosmetic skin disease. Psoriasis is a distressing and painful autoimmune disease associated with significant emotional and physical daily burden. Over time, psoriasis can lead to other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and psoriatic arthritis(PsA). As many as 30% of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis. Even with a wide range of pharmacologic options available, evidence indicates that treatment remains inadequate and patient...
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More Than Skin in the Game - The Pharmacists Role in Treating Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis is more than just a cosmetic skin disease. Psoriasis is a distressing and painful autoimmune disease associated with significant emotional and physical daily burden. Over time, psoriasis can lead to other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and psoriatic arthritis(PsA). As many as 30% of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis. Even with a wide range of pharmacologic options available, evidence indicates that treatment remains inadequate and patient...
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More Than Skin in the Game - The Pharmacists Role in Treating Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis is more than just a cosmetic skin disease. Psoriasis is a distressing and painful autoimmune disease associated with significant emotional and physical daily burden. Over time, psoriasis can lead to other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and psoriatic arthritis(PsA). As many as 30% of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis. Even with a wide range of pharmacologic options available, evidence indicates that treatment remains inadequate and patient...
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Sterile Compounding: Parenteral Nutrition Update - Ensuring Safe Preparation in 2018

Hospital and home care based pharmacists often compound parenteral nutrition solutions for their patients. Recently, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy required that pharmacists engaged in or overseeing sterile products compounding obtain additional education specific to this area in order to maintain their licensure. This course will provide specific information for the safe compounding of parenteral nutrition solutions, considered one the most complex types of parenteral ad...
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Use and Reversal of Direct Acting Oral Anticoagulants in Complicated Patients

The approval of 5 direct acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in the past 8 years has changed the treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolism and cerebral vascular accidents. After decades of warfarin as the sole oral anticoagulant available in the United States, pharmacists are now being sought out for recommendations of appropriate use and reversal of these new agents in patients with multiple co-morbidities. This population is more often encountered in practice, but there is a paucity ...
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The Impact of New Anti-Diabetic Agents on Cardiovascular Outcomes

Currently in the field of pharmacy, cardiovascular outcomes trial results are being posted online and featured on the news. Diabetes guidelines have not been updated to reflect this data and so it is up to the pharmacist to review these clinical trials and propose what the best practice would be for their patients. Clinicians are asking about the importance of cardiovascular outcomes data with the new anti-diabetic agents and it is our responsibility to educate them about the newest data avail...
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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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Fatal Perceptions: Suicide Prevention Tools for Community Practice

This presentation is presented for informational purposes only. No content herein is intended to be a substitute for prompt assessment and treatment by experts trained in crisis management, depression, and the diagnosis of suicidal thoughts or behavior. This presentation contains important, but sensitive subject matter that may be emotionally challenging. Viewer discretion is advised. Suicide claims 30,000 lives each year. It is a tragedy that, sadly, impacts the pharmacy and medical profe...
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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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Dietary Supplement Use in the United States

Dietary supplements are commonly used by patients nationwide and sold in almost every community pharmacy today. In fact, one in 10 people use 5 of more dietary supplements daily. Dietary reference intakes have been established for key vitamins and nutrients, but supplements are actually regulated as foods by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). Commonly used supplements include: multi-vitamins, calcium, fish oil, and vitamin D, to name a few. Unfortunately, there have been recent scandals ...
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Dietary Supplement Use in the United States

Dietary supplements are commonly used by patients nationwide and sold in almost every community pharmacy today. In fact, one in 10 people use 5 of more dietary supplements daily. Dietary reference intakes have been established for key vitamins and nutrients, but supplements are actually regulated as foods by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). Commonly used supplements include: multi-vitamins, calcium, fish oil, and vitamin D, to name a few. Unfortunately, there have been recent scandals ...
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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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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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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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Clozapine for Schizophrenia: A Treatment Update

Clozapine is approved for treatment-resistant schizophrenia and suicidal behavior in schizophrenic patients. The drug has several advantages over other antipsychotics, but its safety risks concern many practitioners. In the fall of 2015, the FDA updated the prescribing information for monitoring neutropenia and approved a new shared Clozapine REMS Program. In this webinar, we will review the pros and cons of using clozapine and outline the changes implemented by the FDA.
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Motivational Interviewing and Eliciting Behavior Change in Chronic Disease Management

Behavior change is a key competent to the successful management of chronic diseases (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, smoking cessation, weight management, etc.). However, eliciting these changes in a patient can be very challenging, especially to get the patient to continue with the changes long term. This presentation will provide an overview of motivational interviewing, and strategies used to promote behavior change and lead to improved disease outcomes and patient adherence. I...
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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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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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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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Managing Opioid Overdose in the Community

Opioid abuse and overdose are significant public health issues throughout the country and are a growing problem. According to the CDC, the number of opioid-related deaths has quadrupled since 1999. Naloxone is considered the medication of choice in reversing opioid overdose symptoms, and has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality when made readily available to the community. Many states have approved legislation which allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone under standing orders or drug t...
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American Addiction: The Opioid Epidemic

Approximately every 15 minutes in our country, a person dies from prescription drug overdose, while a child is also born approximately every 30 minutes dependent upon opioids. How did we get to this point? Are we the only country in the world with this problem of epidemic proportion? How do we end this epidemic, or at least, how do we as healthcare professionals contribute to the progress of society in the right direction? In this presentation, we will discuss the history of just how we, as a ...
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No Bones About it – Osteoporosis – The Pharmacist’s Role

No bones about it – The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) has estimated that eight million women already have osteoporosis, and another approximately 44 million may have low bone mass placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Moreover, an estimated two million osteoporotic fractures occur every year in the United States; by 2025 that number may reach three million. Osteoporosis sneaks up on most people. Often referred to as a “silent” disease, many patients never learn they...
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No Bones About it – Osteoporosis – The Pharmacist’s Role

No bones about it – The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) has estimated that eight million women already have osteoporosis, and another approximately 44 million may have low bone mass placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Moreover, an estimated two million osteoporotic fractures occur every year in the United States; by 2025 that number may reach three million. Osteoporosis sneaks up on most people. Often referred to as a “silent” disease, many patients never learn they...
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No Bones About it – Osteoporosis – The Pharmacist’s Role

No bones about it – The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) has estimated that eight million women already have osteoporosis, and another approximately 44 million may have low bone mass placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Moreover, an estimated two million osteoporotic fractures occur every year in the United States; by 2025 that number may reach three million. Osteoporosis sneaks up on most people. Often referred to as a “silent” disease, many patients never learn they...
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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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Sterile Compounding: A Practical Approach to Practice in a USP 797 Environment

Despite broader acceptance and adoption of USP 797 techniques and focus on sterile compounding, incidents continue. In this session, the basic elements of aseptic technique are examined, using the shadow of previous incidents to highlight urgency for adherence. In addition, the role of 503B designated facilities are discussed, as regulatory parameters are outlined and reviewed. This session takes a practical approach to specific aseptic techniques that may be directly applied in a variety of s...
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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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The Mumps Resurgence: What, How, Why, When and What Now!

2016 held the highest number of reported mumps cases in more than a decade. The mumps vaccine program was initiated in 1967 which resulted in a 99% decrease in mumps cases in the United States. Many healthcare professionals have not cared for a patient with mumps and as a result may be unaware of the clinical signs and symptoms, transmission and complications. With the number of mumps cases increasing it is important for pharmacists to recognize cases of mumps promptly in order to refer patien...
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The Bug - Drug Basics of Antimicrobial Stewardship

As antimicrobial resistance continues to rise many organizations such as the CDC, CMS, and The Joint Commission have incorporated stewardship into their recommendations. This activity is designed to give an overview of antimicrobial agents, including spectrum of coverage, dose optimization, adverse effects, and strategies for clinically and financially prudent use of these agents.
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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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Improving Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (mCRC) Care in Community Cancer Centers

The clinical management of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) continues to evolve as advances in research lead to new approaches in molecular biomarker testing and the application of treatment plans that are tailored for each patient. The goal of this program is to educate and enable members of the cancer care team to apply the latest guidelines and evidence when managing patients with mCRC.
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Addiction Medicine in Primary Care

The opioid epidemic continues to be a growing public health burden. Prescription pain medications, heroin, and other illicit opioids are the cause of increasing morbidity and mortality. A large majority of people who use heroin used prescription pain medications for non-medical purposes prior to their heroin use. Primary care providers are on the front lines, and have the opportunity to make a significant impact. Substance use more broadly, including opioids, alcohol and other drugs, is a p...
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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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Over-the-Counter and Into the ER: OTC Drug Overdoses

Many patients assume that over-the-counter drugs are safe, even when taking more than the recommended dosage, but quite the opposite is true. Many OTC drugs cause severe toxicity and even death when taken in large doses. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians need to stress the importance of reading labels and following directions. It's important to be aware of the toxicity of OTC drugs such as acetaminophen and aspirin, and to suggest appropriate actions if an overdose occurs.
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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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Help Wanted: Education & Defining Tomorrow's Pharmacy Technician

The direction of pharmacy technician education and training has been a source of debate within the profession since the recommendation was first introduced in the 1960. Fifty years later, discussions continue, with both the definition and scope of practice for pharmacy technicians varying drastically from state to state. Multiple key events have once again drawn this debate into the national spotlight, yielding one advocacy organization to publish a grading system for each state's regulatory r...
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PRS 104.1: Compliance with Patient Safety Requirements

This course examines the factors that literally set pharmacists and technicians up to fail in most pharmacy practice environments. It considers how practitioners and managers can work together to meet their shared responsibility of reducing the occurrence of pharmacy errors. The class discusses the relatively unseen, but nevertheless important, fact that pharmacists correct many errors made by prescribers and patients; all to the benefit of drug therapy. The class considers how regulatory obje...
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Dermatology - Treating the Rash for a Lot Less Cash!

Most pharmacy schools offer minimal study in dermatology. Due to extreme price increases in dermatologicals the past 6 years, pharmacists are called on to make suggestions for more affordable treatment options. Newer non-steroidal treatment options exist, however they are expensive as well.
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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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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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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 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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How Sweet It Is! Management of Diabetes Series: Risk Reduction and Management of Complications with Diabetes Part 2

Patients with diabetes often turn to their pharmacist for assistance in smoking cessation, therefore pharmacists need to be knowledgeable in this area. Patients with diabetes also have questions about impotence and sexual intimacy, traveling with diabetes, and the management of pain.
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How Sweet It Is! Management of Diabetes Series: Risk Reduction and Management of Complications with Diabetes Part 1

Patients with diabetes often turn to their pharmacist for assistance in smoking cessation, therefore pharmacists need to be knowledgeable in this area. Patients with diabetes also have questions about impotence and sexual intimacy, traveling with diabetes, and the management of pain.
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