Fall Allergies: The Pharmacist's Role in Allergic Rhinitis Symptom Management and Patient Counseling

Pharmacy Times, August 2014 Pain Awareness, Volume 80, Issue 8

Supported by educational grants from Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc, and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Fall Allergies: The Pharmacist’s Role in Allergic Rhinitis Symptom Management and Patient Counseling

Thom Kim Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS, CTTS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Piscataway, New Jersey

Clinical Coordinator, Ambulatory Care

Hunterdon Medical Center

Flemington, New Jersey

Activity Overview

This activity is intended to provide education to community pharmacists on how to identify triggers of allergic rhinitis, as well as manage and counsel patients who suffer from it during the fall.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

After participating in this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify potential triggers of allergic rhinitis (AR) in the fall
  • Select management strategies for fall AR, including OTC and prescription pharmacotherapy, immunotherapy, allergen avoidance, and alternative medicine
  • Implement effective counseling techniques to assist with optimal symptom management in patients with AR triggered by fall allergens

Target audience: Pharmacists

Type of activity: Knowledge

Release date: August 8, 2014

Expiration date: August 5, 2016

Estimated time to complete activity: 2.0 hours

Fee: Free

Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs) under the ACPE universal activity number 0290-0000-14-063-H01-P. The activity is available for CE credit through August 5, 2016.