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 Drug Therapy Management Series Part II: Psychiatric Disorders
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Course Overview:
Pharmacy professionals are increasingly taking on expanded roles in drug therapy management in a variety of settings and disease states, such as chronic psychiatric disorders. To fulfill these roles, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must be equipped with a contemporary understanding of disease states, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder. This module aims to improve the participants’ understanding of the epidemiology, clinical features, and therapeutic management of common mood and anxiety disorders.

Overall adherence to psychotropic medication is reported to be less than 50%. Pharmacy professionals can improve medication adherence and improve outcomes for patients with psychiatric disorders. This course equips pharmacy professionals to better understand the impact of poor adherence and discusses strategies to improve medication adherence in patients with common chronic psychiatric disorders.
Learning Objectives:

After completing this course the pharmacist  will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology and clinical presentation of unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder.
  • Summarize effective non-pharmacological treatment options for unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder.
  • List underlying medical conditions, physiologic causes, and substances that can precipitate panic attacks and exacerbate depression or mania.
  • Differentiate the major classes of medications used to treat depression, bipolar disease, and panic disorder with respect to their pharmacological profile.
  • Describe the socioeconomic impact of medication non-adherence.
  • Discuss strategies that pharmacists can implement to improve medication adherence in patients with psychiatric disorders. 

After completing this course the pharmacy technician will be able to:
  • List the main symptoms of unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder.
  • Name two classes of medications used for treating each of following conditions: unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder.
  • List at least two adverse reactions with each medication used to treat depression, bipolar, and panic disorder.
  • Give three examples of medications used in the treatment psychiatric disorders that are contraindicated in pregnancy.
  • Cite a few examples of lifestyle strategies, or supportive therapy that are used in the treatment of patients with depression, bipolar disease, and panic disorder.
  • Identify five strategies that can be used to improve medication adherence in patients with cardiovascular disease. 
Target Audience:
Pharmacists
Pharmacy Technicians
Faculty:

Darrell Hulisz, RPh, PharmD is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment at Ohio Northern University, College of Pharmacy. Dr. ("Darrell") Hulisz received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo and Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Darrell has published over 70 papers in the medical and pharmacy literature, has lectured extensively both locally and nationally and has served as an investigator in several clinical trials. He has made numerous appearances on local television and radio programs. He also serves on several national advisory panels and is an author for WebMD’s Medscape.com and a speaker and author for AMN Healthcare's RxSchool.com.

Darrell currently practices as a clinical pharmacist with University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency Program, where he works in consultation with family physicians, both on inpatient and outpatient services. Darrell has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards. He also completed a federal, multi-agency faculty development fellowship to further his expertise in the field of addiction medicine. He also served as a co-investigator for a multidisciplinary chronic pain study funded by the Macy Foundation. He was recently awarded a federal grant as a co-investigator to develop leadership and advocacy in urban health and community health within a multidisciplinary team.

Faculty Disclosure:
RxSchool strives to keeps its content fair and unbiased. The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The planners of the educational activity have no conflicts of interest to disclose. There is no commercial support being used for this course.

Participants are advised that the accredited status of RxSchool does not imply endorsement by the provider ACPE of any products/therapeutics mentioned in this course. 

The information in the course is for educational purposes only. 

Darrell Hulisz has no conflicts to disclose.
Release date:
April 7, 2014
Expiration Date:
April 7, 2017
 
 


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ACPE - Pharmacists Accreditation
RxSchool is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This home study web activity has been assigned a maximum of 5 credit hours and the ACPE UPN: 0372-0000-14-006-H01-P.

Expiration Date: 04/08/2017

Release Date: 04/08/2014

 
To receive educational credit, participants must pass the online assessment with a score of 70% or better. If you do not receive a minimum score of 70% or better, you are permitted to retake the test. After passing the assessment, you can view, print and track your statements of credit online.

ACPE - Technicians Accreditation
RxSchool is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This home study web activity has been assigned a maximum of 5 credit hours and the ACPE UPN: 0372-0000-14-006-H01-T.

Expiration Date: 04/08/2017

Release Date: 04/08/2014

 
To receive educational credit, participants must pass the online assessment with a score of 70% or better. If you do not receive a minimum score of 70% or better, you are permitted to retake the test. After passing the assessment, you can view, print and track your statements of credit online.

The material presented here does not reflect the views of Pharmacy Choice, Inc., RxSchool, or the companies providing educational content. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.

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