Continuing Education for the Specialty Pharmacist


The Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education (PTOCPE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of free continuing pharmacy education. Through PTOCPE, Pharmacy Times offers pharmacists multiple ways to access authoritative and informative continuing education (CE) programs. By going to, pharmacists can read CE lessons, take tests online, and print their certificates upon completion.

The editors of Specialty Pharmacy Times have hand-picked this sampling of Pharmacy Times’ CE offerings that will be of interest to today’s specialty pharmacist. Pharmacy Times is the only ACPE-accredited provider to offer a free CE mobile app, available in the iTunes store at http:// This new way to access valuable CE and gain credits is user-friendly. Pharmacists can log in using their CPE account, or register for an account, directly from their iPod Touch, iPhone, or other mobile device. The recently launched Pharmacy Times iPad edition also allows pharmacists to complete CE programs wherever and whenever they want. The iPad app is a free download available at

Strategies for Improving Compliance in Patients on HIV Medications

Tara L. Muzyk, PharmD, Tracy Pham, PharmD, Thanh Nguyen, PharmD, and Michael Bartholow, PharmD

Managing the therapeutic impact of medical advances in HIV treatment presents an ongoing challenge for clinicians. This lesson outlines the current advancements in highly active antiretroviral therapy; discusses common adverse reactions and side effects, as well as other potential obstacles to adherence; and offers guidance on teaching patients techniques they can use to improve their compliance with therapy.

Credits: 2.0

Venous Thromboembolism and Cancer: An Opportunity for Pharmacists to Optimize Care

Rowena N. Schwartz, PharmD, BCOP

This CE lesson will provide pharmacists with an overview of venous thromboembolism (VTE), including how to identify risk factors for VTE in patients with cancer and how to develop a plan for the implementation and management of anticoagulation therapies.

Credits: 2.0

Issues in Improving the Treatment of Anemia: Negotiating the Shifting Regulatory and Clinical Landscapes

Hugh Fatodu, PharmD, Steven Fishbane, MD, and Robert E. Smith Jr, MD

This educational activity will address the need for evidence-based guidance on the identification and management of anemia in multiple clinical settings, as well as the need for up-to-date information on the clinical benefits of and restrictions on the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents to treat anemia.

Credits: 2.5

National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guideline Updates from the 15th Annual Congress

Anthony Elias, MD

This CE program addresses some of the major National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) practice guideline revisions presented at the 15th Annual Congress. Upon completion of this activity, pharmacists will be able to identify select NCCN guideline revisions that may impact the course of treatment in a given case and discuss the use of patient characteristics to determine therapeutic management.

Credits: 1.0

No Bones About It: The Pharmacist’s Role in Managing Cancer Therapy-Induced Bone Loss

Rickey C. Miller, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, and Jenna Brinkman, PharmD

Cancer patients experience osteoporosis and related bone loss for a variety of reasons. This lesson explore the physiology and biochemical mechanisms associated with general bone health, normal bone loss, and bone loss related to secondary causes, especially cancer therapyinduced bone loss.

Credits: 2.0

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