Osteoarthritis Management

Osteoarthritis (OA) – also called degenerative joint disease – is the most common chronic joint condition, affecting about 27 million Americans. The resulting pain, stiffness, and swelling can affect mobility, productivity, and quality of life. While no treatment has been shown to slow the progression of joint damage, a combination of non-drug interventions and drug therapy can be used to manage symptoms and improve mobility. Resistance exercise, weight loss, and psychosocial interventi...
The Rx Consultant

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 ...
The Rx Consultant

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...
The Rx Consultant

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...
The Rx Consultant

A Breath of Fresh Air: 2017 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Guidelines

The purpose of this course is to discuss the 2017 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Guidelines for Management and Prevention of Asthma. Many institutions follow the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) guidelines for the treatment of asthma, however these guidelines have not been updated since 2007. We will be discussing the evidence which has since come out leading to recommendations included in the 2017 GINA guidelines. This includes a discussion of the diagnosis, treatment, a...
MCPHS University

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

Abuse Deterrent Formulations of Opiods

The opioid epidemic is an ongoing issue in the United States and has recently been declared a national emergency by the government. While current efforts to reduce levels of opioid abuse are showing some effect, it is a slow process due to a multitude of factors that lead to an increase in the number of people who become addicted to opioids and who furthermore, suffer from an overdose. There are several abuse deterrent formulations that have been released in the last few years with different m...
MCPHS University

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

New Drugs 2017

In 2017, 46 new medicines were approved by the FDA – the highest number of approvals in 21 years. Scott Gottlieb, who was sworn in as FDA Commissioner in May 2017, has made use of policy changes put into effect during recent years to accelerate the approval process. This issue of The Rx Consultant focuses on new drugs that may be important additions (including a number of “firsts”) in their therapeutic areas: venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, atopic dermatitis, hepatitis C infectio...
The Rx Consultant

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 ...
MCPHS University

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...
MCPHS University

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.
American Academy of CME

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Bladder Cancer: Practice Essential for Community Oncologists and Advanced Practice Providers

For many years, the mainstay of initial treatment for metastatic bladder cancer has been chemotherapy. However, immunotherapy with PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitors is revolutionizing the treatment of bladder cancer. Currently, 5 checkpoint inhibitors are approved for patients who have failed prior platinum-based chemotherapy or are ineligible for cisplatin-based chemotherapy. In this CME activity, expert faculty will assess the clinical evidence regarding the efficacy, safety, and tolerability...
Slack Inc.

Insights on the 2017 IDSA/SHEA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clostridium difficile Infection in Adults: Focus on Recurrence

In this text-based interview, Dr. Paul Feuerstadt reviews the updated 2017 IDSA/SHEA clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of C. difficile, with a focus on recurrent infection. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: • Outline risk factors for recurrent C. difficile infection to consider when selecting treatment • Discuss available data on the treatment of recurrent C. difficile and how that data was applied to the updated IDSA/SHEA Clinical Practice ...
ACHL

comMIt (comprehensive motivational interviewing) for health care professionals

comMIt (comprehensive motivational interviewing training) for health care professionals is an e-learning program accredited for 8 hours of approved continuing education credit for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians and social workers. The learner has three months to complete this highly interactive program and receive CE credit. Learners may stop at any point in the program and then return to it where they left off. Learners may also review each module completed as often as they wou...
Berger Consulting, LLC

Contemporary Compounding Intensive CE

Class Overview Non-sterile compounded medications often play an extremely important role in the quality of patient care and prescribers have become increasingly aware of the benefits that customized medications offer. The pharmacist and pharmacy technician must have a strong foundation on how to prepare these products. Technology has provided the equipment and techniques necessary to compound effectively and accurately. To prepare participants to meet the needs of patients, we have designe...
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Law Update 2019

Target Audience Pharmacists and technicians in all practice settings. Why Attend Pharmacy Law is dynamic and changes frequently because of various reasons: changes in the scope of practice, medication errors, theft, drug abuse, changes in accreditation standards, national standards, etc. Within the past five years, several laws have changed that affected the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacists must keep current in their practice to reflect these changes in the law. Objectives: 1. List...
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

Dispensing Opioids: Decisions to Improve Medication Safety

At the time of dispensing, health professionals are exposed to patients who are struggling with uncontrolled asthma or poorly controlled COPD. Caregivers are also seeking better ways to management this chronic condition. The online module entitled Optimizing Patient Use of Inhalers and Other Respiratory Devices will equip learners with a practical understanding of devices to deliver drug to the lungs. Video demonstrations help learners become familiar with how to identify poor inhaler techniq...
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: CIPS Knowledge Enterprise

PharmTechX Certificate II: Excellence in Health-System Pharmacy

Certificate II: Excellence in Health-System Pharmacy takes an in-depth look into the different disease states, including asthma in pediatric patients, cardiology, oncology, pain management, and infectious disease, that commonly result in hospital admissions and the different classes of medications that they will encounter when caring for these patients. Technicians will learn the basic pharmacology and mechanism of action of these medications and utilizing the skills learned in Certificate I, ...
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: CIPS Knowledge Enterprise

Case Studies in Managing the Newly Diagnosed Patient with HIV: A STEP-HIV Initiative

This free interactive CME/CNE-Certified webinar will focus on the management of HIV infection based on current data and our understanding of the disease. It is designed for those who wish to learn the basics of caring for someone with HIV as well as for learners who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of optimal care of people with HIV. Topics to be covered include the initial evaluation of a person with newly diagnosed HIV infection; considerations in choosing an antiretroviral ...
American Academy of CME

Hepatitis C(ured!:: Advances in the Management of Chronic Hepatitis C

Please note: If you are attending the program as part of alumni reunion weekend, please register at the alumni reunion weekend site: www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu/reunion2017 For all other general registrants, please register on this CE site. Live or via Webinar Friday, October 6th 443 Kapoor Hall, UB South Campus Program Agenda 10:00-10:30 AM : Registration & Refreshments 10:30-11:30 AM: Lecture, Q&A 11:30 AM: Continuing Education Verification, Evaluation, Adjournment Why Attend...
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

Pharmacists' Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Opioid Specific Counseling Wednesday Evening 9/13/17 Live & via Webinar

Live or via Webinar Wednesday Evening, Sept. 13th 125 Kapoor Hall, UB South Campus Program Agenda 5:30-6:00 pm: Registration & Refreshments 6:00-8:00 pm: Lecture, Q&A 8:00 pm: Continuing Education Verification, Evaluation, Adjournment Why Attend: It is estimated that 46 individuals die of prescription opioid overdoses every day in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 16,000 individuals in the United States died of opioid over-d...
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

Preventing Medical Errors for Clinical Health Professionals

This educational monograph addresses the identification, reporting, monitoring and reduction of medical error. It is intended to make participants aware of the magnitude of the problem, of the many-leveled activities needed to resolve it, and the importance of each person’s role in the national effort to reduce medical errors.
Slack Inc.

FREE Dermatology CME

Upgrade your practice of Dermatology and earn Free Dermatology CME credits with these Free Dermatology CME programs from CMEList.com. Programs are typically 1-2 hours long and feature slide-video lectures from specialists in Dermatology.
CMEList.com

Free Cardiology CME

Upgrade your practice of Cardiology and earn Free Cardiology CME credits with these Free Cardiology CME programs from CMEList.com. Programs are 1-2 hours long and feature slide-video lectures from specialists in Cardiology.
CMEList.com

Parenteral Nutrition Safety Series and Certificate of Training Program - FREE for PGY1 and PGY2 Residents

PGY1 and PGY2 residents can earn 5.5 free continuing education credits upon completion of the Parenteral Nutrition Safety Series and Certificate of Training Program. Contact info@nutritioncare.org for more information. This training series consists of four interwoven parts. As a participant in the training series you have the option to complete one or all parts, however to receive the Certificate of Training in Parenteral Nutrition Safety, you must complete all four parts and claim cont...
ASPEN

Compounding Sterile Products- A Certificate Training Workshop

Compounding Sterile Products: A Certificate Training Workshop for USP 797 & USP 800 Compliance & Law Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician fee $1200 Learning Objectives for a Pharmacist & Pharmacy Technician: At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: -Compare and contrast the different types of laminar air flow hoods and clean room. -Define parenteral products and routes, and the necessity of aseptic compounding. -Summarize the necessity of quality contr...
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Physical Assessment - A Certificate Training Workshop for Pharmacy Practitioners

As pharmacists expand their scope of practice under new legislation (SB493), physical assessment is a key skill necessary for advanced practice. This 21 hour course will prepare the pharmacist to obtain a history and perform a basic physical examination that will enable them to assess and monitor drug therapy. The course will employ written materials, videos, lectures, demonstrations and hands on practice and feedback Objectives for Pharmacists At the conclusion of the course the p...
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

GME 207: Faculty Advisor Guide to the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum

Are you ready to see your students and residents put their improvement knowledge into action? The IHI Open School has a unique offering, the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum, that helps new improvers through the process of setting up and conducting a real-world quality improvement (QI) project — but they can’t do it without you. For your trainees, we’ve created a six-lesson course, QI 301: Guide to the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum, that takes them step b...
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

QI 105: Leading Quality Improvement

The first four IHI Open School quality improvement courses taught you basic improvement methodology, which you can apply to improve health care processes and make care safer. But when you assume a leadership role in a clinical improvement project, you'll need more than just technical knowledge. In the real world, you'll need to know the steps for managing the project through to completion. You'll need to understand the psychology of change, and you'll need skills in interdisciplinary teamw...
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

QI 104: Interpreting Data: Run Charts, Control Charts, and other Measurement Tools

In this course, we’ll delve into how to draw an effective run chart. We'll show you how adding helpful elements such as a baseline median, goal line, and annotations of your tests of change can create a compelling picture of your progress toward improvement. We'll teach you the difference between common cause and special cause variation. And we'll show you how to detect signs of special cause variation by applying four rules to a standard run chart or by drawing a control chart. Once you've ...
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

QI 103: Testing and Measuring Changes with PDSA Cycles

In this course, we’ll take you through basic concepts you need to know to run successful PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycles in a clinical setting. First, we'll teach you how to plan and conduct a small scale tests of change. We’ll discuss how you can establish a helpful set of measures and how to design a data collection plan that facilitates rapid learning, such as through sampling. Next, we'll focus on studying the data you’ve collected, and we'll explain why a run chart is such a valuabl...
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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