Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education
Brice Labruzzo Mohundro, PharmD
Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy, Baton Rouge Campus, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Michael Marlan Mohundro, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Heartburn affects approximately 110 million individuals in the United States, with equal prevalence between men and women. Self-treatment of heartburn is common and several OTC treatment alternatives exist, including proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are an effective option for treating heartburn and other gastric acid-related disorders. Three PPIs that were once available only with a prescription can now be purchased over the counter to treat heartburn symptoms. The switching of these PPIs from prescription to OTC status, in addition to the emergence over the past few years of several safety concerns associated with PPI use, have impacted the pharmacist's role in the self-treatment of heartburn. This activity will review the mechanism of action of PPIs, safety concerns, and drug interactions, and will explore the role of the pharmacist in assuring the appropriate use of OTC PPIs.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
Expiration date: February 15, 2013
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