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Overview

Free CE is a subsidiary of PharmCon, Inc, an ACPE approved provider of continuing education. PharmCon specializes in the accreditation and coordination of live continuing education programs.

In response to the changing needs of our clients, we are developing co-sponsoring relationships with Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Nursing accrediting bodies, expanding the services we provide to a broader spectrum of health professionals. This site is the most recently added service. As we grow, we hope we will become your first stop for all of your continuing education needs.

These modules are generously sponsored by various companies in the pharmaceutical industry and other organizations to support your continuing education as a healthprofessional.


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 react...
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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 consid...
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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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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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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 soc...
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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 lifest...
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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 lifest...
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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 o...
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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 o...
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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 o...
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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 o...
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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 o...
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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 o...
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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 o...
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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 o...
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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 appropr...
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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 o...
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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 in...
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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 in...
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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 in...
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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 pro...
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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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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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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-vitami...
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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-vitami...
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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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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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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. Suicid...
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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). ...
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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 pharma...
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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 spo...
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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 i...
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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 i...
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How Sweet It Is! Management of Diabetes Series: Problem Solving with Diabetes Mellitus

Patients with diabetes are often overwhelmed when they receive this diagnosis. Diabetes requires significant self-management skills, and pharmacist are well-positioned to provide this guidance to patients.
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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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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: Coping with Diabetes

Patients with diabetes often need to make lifestyle changes to meet their therapeutic goal, however these changes are difficult to make. Pharmacists need to possess excellent motivational skills to help patients achieve these goals.
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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: 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: 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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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.
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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....
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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 poi...
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Legal Requirements for Managing Potential Drug-Drug Interactions

Health care software provides alerts for numerous drug-drug interactions. Health professionals must determine their responsibilities based on a risk stratification of the importance of each potential drug-drug interaction. Legal requirements provide guidance on how risk stratification should be done, and what responses are legally required once a potential drug-drug interaction is identified.
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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 p...
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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 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 ha...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Mistake Proofing the Pharmacy

With the increase in prescription volume and the demands placed on pharmacists, it is critically important to employ methods for quality improvement so that patient safety is maintained by minimizing the possibility of dispensing errors. This program will focus mistake proofing as a quality improvement technique to minimize dispensing errors and discuss the risk factors leading to these types of...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 strat...
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Movement Beyond Laxatives: Evolving Pharmacologic Options for IBS-C and CIC

IBS-C and CIC are highly prevalent conditions that negatively impact Quality of Life and pose a significant economic burden on the healthcare system. Because so many patients self-treat the conditions, estimates of the number of Americans that suffer from IBS-C and CIC vary widely ranging from 2% to 27% of the population. Despite the $400 million dollars that are spent on laxatives each year, co...
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Movement Beyond Laxatives: Evolving Pharmacologic Options for IBS-C and CIC

IBS-C and CIC are highly prevalent conditions that negatively impact Quality of Life and pose a significant economic burden on the healthcare system. Because so many patients self-treat the conditions, estimates of the number of Americans that suffer from IBS-C and CIC vary widely ranging from 2% to 27% of the population. Despite the $400 million dollars that are spent on laxatives each year, co...
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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 optim...
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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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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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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 s...
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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 s...
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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 s...
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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 medicati...
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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 ac...
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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 dis...
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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 bet...
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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 p...
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Residual Neuromuscular Blockade - An Opportunity to Provide Optimal Patient Care Following Surgery

Residual neuromuscular blockade has been a long standing problem for post-surgical patients. Residual blockade is one of the many factors that may delay recovery and cause additional complications post-surgery. Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols has been shown to improve peri- and post-operative care of the surgical patient. This program will provide an overview o...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 sex...
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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 sex...
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Shared Decisions and Contraceptive Counseling - A Comparison of Short and Long Acting Reversible Contraception

The 90-minute webinar program will focus on providing education on all forms of hormonal and select non-hormonal contraceptive methods, including particular characteristics that may impact product selection for a specific patient. There will be an emphasis on communication, including shared-decision making among pharmacists, providers, and patients. Important aspects for pharmacist counseling wi...
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Shared Decisions and Contraceptive Counseling - A Comparison of Short and Long Acting Reversible Contraception

The 90-minute webinar program will focus on providing education on all forms of hormonal and select non-hormonal contraceptive methods, including particular characteristics that may impact product selection for a specific patient. There will be an emphasis on communication, including shared-decision making among pharmacists, providers, and patients. Important aspects for pharmacist counseling wi...
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Shared Decisions and Contraceptive Counseling - A Comparison of Short and Long Acting Reversible Contraception

The 90-minute webinar program will focus on providing education on all forms of hormonal and select non-hormonal contraceptive methods, including particular characteristics that may impact product selection for a specific patient. There will be an emphasis on communication, including shared-decision making among pharmacists, providers, and patients. Important aspects for pharmacist counseling wi...
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Shared Decisions and Contraceptive Counseling - A Comparison of Short and Long Acting Reversible Contraception

The 90-minute webinar program will focus on providing education on all forms of hormonal and select non-hormonal contraceptive methods, including particular characteristics that may impact product selection for a specific patient. There will be an emphasis on communication, including shared-decision making among pharmacists, providers, and patients. Important aspects for pharmacist counseling wi...
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Shared Decisions and Contraceptive Counseling - A Comparison of Short and Long Acting Reversible Contraception

The 90-minute webinar program will focus on providing education on all forms of hormonal and select non-hormonal contraceptive methods, including particular characteristics that may impact product selection for a specific patient. There will be an emphasis on communication, including shared-decision making among pharmacists, providers, and patients. Important aspects for pharmacist counseling wi...
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Shared Decisions and Contraceptive Counseling - A Comparison of Short and Long Acting Reversible Contraception

The 90-minute webinar program will focus on providing education on all forms of hormonal and select non-hormonal contraceptive methods, including particular characteristics that may impact product selection for a specific patient. There will be an emphasis on communication, including shared-decision making among pharmacists, providers, and patients. Important aspects for pharmacist counseling wi...
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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 recommen...
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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 take...
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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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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 ...
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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.
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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 incr...
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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 moni...
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The Role of "Brain Nutrients" in Cognitive Health

The effects of nutrition on cognitive processes has long been studied. There are newly described influences of key brain nutrients on cognitive function that reveal important mechanisms of action that provide neuronal protection and improve brain metabolism.
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The Role of "Brain Nutrients" in Cognitive Health

The effects of nutrition on cognitive processes has long been studied. There are newly described influences of key brain nutrients on cognitive function that reveal important mechanisms of action that provide neuronal protection and improve brain metabolism.
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The Role of the Pharmacist in Managing Severe Asthma

Asthma is a chronic obstructive respiratory disease that affects more than 300 million people world-wide and more than 25 million children and adults in the United States. Approximately 50% of patients with asthma struggle with "not well-controlled" or "poorly controlled" asthma. Around 10% of these patients have severe asthma and have an urgent need for improved care. Pharmacists can serve a cr...
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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...
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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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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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