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Vaccines and Infectious Diseases

HIV Therapies: A Primer For Pharmacy Technicians

Douglas Slain, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, FASHP
Associate Professor and Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia

ACPE #0204-0000-13-441-H02-T
1 hour (0.1 CEU)

Antiviral agents used to treat or prevent HIV infections (also known as antiretroviral agents) are complex agents that are frequently subject to prescribing and dispensing errors. Outside of infectious diseases specialists, the general medical and pharmacy community may not deal with these agents enough to optimize the use of these agents in patients with HIV infection. This educational initiative is designed to educate pharmacy technicians about antiretroviral medications used to treat and prevent HIV infection in any practice setting. Pharmacy technicians can help patients and pharmacists by knowing what formulations are available. They can also ensure diligence with any cautionary labels or interactions recommended during the dispensing process. Pharmacy technicians may also be asked to order, store, or compound antiretroviral agents that have unique stability or storage requirements. Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals or clinics should understand the importance of using antiretroviral agents for occupational HIV exposure amongst health care workers.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this knowledge-based educational activity, participants will be able to

  • List antiretroviral agents that are available in combination products.
  • Describe ways to deliver antiretroviral therapy to patients who have difficulty swallowing oral medications.
  • Explain the general approach to using antiretroviral agents for occupational HIV exposure in health care workers.
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Immunizations from A to Z (ACIP to Zostavax)

Macary Weck Marciniak, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCPS, FAPhA
Clinical Associate Professor
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

ACPE activity # 0204-0000-14-710-H04-T
1 hour (0.1 CEU)

As the pharmacist's role as an immunization provider has expanded nationwide, so too has the role of the pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technicians are key players in the "immunization neighborhood" and help to assure safe provision of vaccines in both community and health-system pharmacy settings. This program will serve as a primer for pharmacy technicians on immunizations - how they work, which vaccines are most likely to be seen in practice, and what you need to know to help patients receive the immunizations they need.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this knowledge-based educational activity, participants will be able to

  • Explain differences between active and passive immunity and the various types of vaccines available on the market.
  • Define key terms in the "alphabet soup" of immunization-related acronyms.
  • Identify and describe vaccines routinely administered.
  • Discuss steps to ensure immunization safety in practice.
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Infection Prevention: What Every Healthcare Worker Needs to Know

Rebeccah J. Collins, Pharm.D., BCPS
Pharmacy Residency Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Team Lead
Bon Secours Richmond Health System - Memorial Regional Medical Center
Mechanicsville, Virginia

ACPE activity # 0204-0000-15-415-H04-T
1 hour (0.1 CEU)

Infectious diseases, such as Ebola, have gained attention in the media and in politics, leading to great public concern. All healthcare facilities are required to put infection control and basic hygiene at the forefront of good clinical practice. All healthcare workers have a duty to care for their patients by preventing infections from spreading. This educational program will provide an overview of the key elements of infection control and prevention. Specific infection types and how they can be prevented will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this knowledge-based educational activity, participants will be able to

  • Explain standard precautions and how they can be applied to any healthcare setting.
  • Describe the role of personal protection methods including contact and airborne precautions.
  • Describe what MRSA, Clostridium difficile, Ebola, and Norovirus are and understand their impact in healthcare.
  • Explain necessary precautions to prevent and control Health Care Associated Infections.
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Vaccines and Immunization Initiatives: The Role of the Pharmacy Technician

Michael D. Hogue, Pharm.D., FAPhA, FNAP
Interim Dean
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacy Practice
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama

ACPE Activity# 0204-0000-13-462-H04-T
1 hour (0.1 CEU)

Pharmacists have become primary providers for vaccines in many hospitals and community pharmacy practices. The role of the pharmacist in immunization programs and disease prevention has rapidly expanded. Pharmacy technicians have an equally important role to play in ensuring the safe preparation and dispensing of vaccines, as well as in assisting the pharmacist in identifying patients who may need to be immunized. This program will provide pharmacy technicians with practical strategies for active involvement in pharmacy-based immunization initiatives.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this knowledge-based educational activity, participants will be able to

  • Identify common errors in preparation and dispensing of vaccines, as well as strategies for preventing these errors.
  • Assist the pharmacist in identifying patients in need of select adult immunizations.
  • Identify opportunities to engage pharmacists and patients in dialogue about common myths about vaccines.
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