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Antiretroviral Drug Interactions: What Every Pharmacist Should Now

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Overview / Abstract:

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. As HIV patients age and comorbid conditions develop, pharmacists from all practice sites, both in the hospital and in the community, should be prepared to help treat a patient on antiretroviral therapy. Pharmacists can play a key role in suggesting alternative therapy for HIV or other comorbid conditions if interactions are discovered. Therefore, pharmacists should be aware of antiretroviral medications and their most common drug interactions in order to effectively and safely treat their patient population. Using interactive patient cases, this course will provide a brief overview on available antiretroviral medications, as well as delve into the drug interactions associated with these treatment options.

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

-Identify antiretroviral agents used in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and their medication classes
-Describe drug interactions in relation to a patient's antiretroviral therapy
-Develop a therapeutic plan for a patient with HIV, taking into account any possible medication interactions

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing pharmacists in a variety of settings.

MCPHS University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


May 12, 2019


Pharmacy CPE





Credits / Hours

1 contact hour (.1 CEUs)



Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Jeffrey Pearson, PharmD | PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Mount Auburn Hospital

Keywords / Search Terms

MCPHS University, pharmacy, antiretroviral, drug interactions

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