Zinc and Zinc Preparations for Colds: An Update for Pharmacists

Pharmacy Times, November 2013 Cough & Cold, Volume 79, Issue 11

Pharmacists can learn about the impact of the common cold on adults and children and describe the potential role of zinc-based options for patients.

Zinc and Zinc Preparations for Colds: An Update for Pharmacists

Nikhil Patel, PharmD, RPh

Medical Consultant

Hillsborough, New Jersey

Disclosures

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

Faculty

Nikhil Patel, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education

Planning Staff—Judy V. Lum, MPA, and Steve Lin, PharmD

Pharmacy Times Editorial Staff

Kirk McKay and David Allikas

An anonymous peer reviewer was part of the content validation and conflict resolution. The peer review­er has no relevant financial relation­ships with commercial interests to disclose.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

1. Explain the impact of the common cold on adults and children and describe the potential role of zinc-based options for patients.

2. Discuss evidence in support of zinc and its hypothesized mechanism of action in fighting the rhinovirus.

3. Consider the evidence in support of different zinc formulations and be able to make appropriate recommendations to patients to help them manage their cold.

Target audience: Pharmacists

Type of activity: Knowledge

Release date: November 12, 2013

Expiration date: November 12, 2015

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from ProPhase Labs, Inc.

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 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU) under the ACPE universal activity number 0290-0000-13-160-H01-P. The activity is available for CE credit through November 12, 2015.