This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.75 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 340.
The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits. Synopsis:
Did you know that more than 20% of hospital admissions are due to adverse drug reactions? Just because dentists prescribe less than 10% of all available drugs, your patients may be taking others from the 90% with which you are not familiar. Since polypharmacy is the norm, especially in the over 65 year old population, this course should be considered essential to every practice setting today.
Do you have patients who are already on one prescription medication before they come to your office? How about four prescription medications? Did you know that the likelihood of a drug interaction in a patient on five medications is greater than 50%? What if you are the prescriber who writes that fifth prescription? With so many new medications, herbal products, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements available on the market, how can you be confident that the prescription you write is compatible with what your patient is currently taking?
This interactive program looks at some of the more common drugs and drug interactions and their management with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant’s questions are addressed. The program will conclude with a discussion of references and demonstration of some available databases. After all, when an adverse drug reaction occurs due to a drug interaction, who is more at risk - you or your patient?
Description of Speaker:
Dr. Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States. He is currently Associate Principal of Clinical Pharmacy for Vizient’s Advisory Solutions, and lives in Whitefish, Montana.
Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the OHSU, and affiliate faculty in Dentistry at UBC. He has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners and has spent the last 28 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field.
Dr. Donaldson has published numerous peer-reviewed works and textbook chapters. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association, and is a reviewer for over ten other different journals. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the Past-President and Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson is the 2016 recipient of the AGD’s Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award and in 2019 he was conferred by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) with the, “Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award.” This award is given to an individual outside of the dental profession in appreciation for exemplary support or service to the profession as a whole.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
Describe the potential for drug-drug interactions and articulate strategies to avoid or manage them. Understand the principles of drug metabolism including liver enzyme induction and inhibition. Discuss the role of cytochrome P450 isoenzymes in the liver with respect to drug metabolism Describe at least three disease states attributable for induced metabolism and three disease states attributable for inhibited metabolism. Recognize reputable databases and references and how to use these tools to evaluate drug therapies and interactions. Disclosure:
In the past 12 months, the lecturer/speaker declares to have had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with Vizient, inc. Healthcare Performance Improvement Company.
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Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2023 to 12/31/2026.
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This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.75 hours of verifiable CPD.
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