Do Medications for Alzheimer's Disease Really Work?

Release Date: October 24, 2018
Expiration Date: June 30, 2019
Format: Enduring Online Material

Target Audience

This program was developed for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and licensed professional counselors.

Statement of Need

Several prescription drugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Treating the symptoms of Alzheimer's can provide patients with comfort, dignity, and independence for a longer period of time and can encourage and assist their caregivers as well.

It is important to understand that none of these medications stops the disease itself.  This presentation will cover the risks and benefits and review the scientific evidence of these medications.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:

  1. List medications used to treat Alzheimer's Disease;
  2. Discuss the risks and benefits of medications used to treat Alzheimer's Disease;
  3. Review scientific evidence for medications used to treat Alzheimer's Disease; and
  4. Discuss alternative treatment for Alzheimer's Disease

Accreditation Statement

CPE

ACPEThe University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

 

This knowledge-based activity has been assigned UAN 0845-0000-17-002-H01-P and will award 1.00 contact hour (0.100 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers.

Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity. Successful completion includes completing the activity, its accompanying evaluation and/or posttest (score 70% or higher) and requesting credit online at the conclusion of the activity. Credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor, and participants may print a statement of credit or transcript from their NABP e-profile. UNTHSC complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.

CNE

UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.00 Contact Hours.

TSBSWE

This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Physicians

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Medical knowledge

Counselor

Texas LPC CEU

University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

Faculty and Disclosures

In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The following is a list of the faculty, along with any information they have disclosed regarding their relevant financial relationships.

Shara Elrod, PharmD, BCACP

Director of Community and Ambulatory Practice
Assistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy
UNT System College of Pharmacy
Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Shara Elrod received her BS in Biology from Texas A&M University and a PharmD from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 residency in Community Pharmacy and a PGY-2 specialty residency in Ambulatory Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Previously, she was faculty at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Ft Lauderdale, FL.  Dr. Elrod has nothing to disclose.

The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO staff nor any of the planning team have anything to disclose.

Disclaimer

All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this site. No single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education, and experience. This website does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. This information should not substitute for a visit or consultation with a health care provider.

Technical Requirements

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Acknowledgment

WE-HAIL LogoThis project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP287350100. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No commercial support was received for this activity.

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