One Step at a Time: Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Outcomes with Optimal Use of Medication Devices

Pharmacy Times, July 2013 Digestive Health, Volume 79, Issue 7

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

One Step at a Time: Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Outcomes with Optimal Use of Medication Devices

Timothy Reilly, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASCP

Clinical Assistant ProfessorErnest Mario School of PharmacyRutgers, The State University of New JerseyPiscataway, New Jersey

Disclosures

The following contributors have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Faculty

Timothy Reilly, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASCP

Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education Planning Staff

Judy V. Lum, MPA, and Elena Beyzarov, PharmD

Pharmacy Times Editorial Staff

Kirk McKay and David Allikas

PTOCPE uses an anonymous peer reviewer as part of content validation and conflict resolution. The peer reviewer has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical presentation and diagnostic criteria for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Review the role of bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids in the management of COPD and understand their place in therapy.
  • Review currently available medication devices (eg, metered dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers, nebulizers) for managing COPD and use of patient-specific factors in device selection.
  • Address the pharmacist's role in training patients on use of different types of inhalers, and the importance of conducting scheduled technique checks with patients.

Target audience: Pharmacists

Type of activity: Knowledge

Release date: July 12, 2013

Expiration date: July 12, 2015

Estimated time to complete activity: 2 hours

Fee: Free

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