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Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy CE
ACPE Accredited Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Weight Loss Drugs and Diets: Evidence-Based Treatment and Counseling Pearls Webcast – 1.0 CE

Activity Overview

The prevalence of obesity in the United States is increasing. Obesity can lead to serious health consequences such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular complications. Weight reduction can have a significant positive impact on a patient’s overall health status. However, many unsuccessfully struggle for years to attain and sustain a healthy weight, and conflicting information about the best way(s) to lose weight is readily available to the public.

Healthcare professionals need to be able to provide evidence-based patient education on effective treatment and interventions for sustainable weight loss. Recent advances in obesity treatment, emerging research, and the widespread availability of misinformation about weight loss necessitate continuing education for healthcare professionals.

This CE activity will provide in-depth coverage of evidence-based weight loss approaches that apply to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses. It will supply a review of the currently approved weight loss drugs and surgical procedures, including relevant clinical considerations. It will critique trending fad diets and unapproved weight loss drugs, emphasizing emerging research. Additionally, it will use a case study to provide practical patient education pearls.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe currently approved pharmacological and surgical treatments for weight loss
  2. Analyze the safety and efficacy of trending fad diets and unapproved weight loss drugs
  3. Apply evidence-based knowledge about weight loss to a given patient counseling scenario

Pharmacy Technician Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize currently approved pharmacological and surgical treatments for weight loss
  2. Recall the importance of evidence-based information in patient treatment and education about weight loss
  3. Review an example of a patient case that can be referred to the pharmacist for counseling to discuss effective techniques and treatment for weight loss

General Healthcare Professionals Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe currently approved pharmacological and surgical treatments for weight loss
  2. Analyze the safety and efficacy of trending fad diets and unapproved weight loss drugs
  3. Apply evidence-based knowledge about weight loss to a given patient counseling scenario

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Accreditation Statement

ACPE

AchieveCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

AchieveCE is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a stateor provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2025. Provider ID# 386503.

AchieveCE is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. GNA Approved Provider Number is 4003268. AchieveCE is an approved provider from July 14, 2022 to July 14, 2025.

AchieveCE is also an accredited provider (Provider #50-20641) by the Florida Board Of Clinical Social Work, Marriage And FamilyTherapy and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #50-20641) Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and West Virginia Board Of Social Work.

Faculty Information

Dr. Betthany Thomas, PharmD, RPh is a 2008 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, an American Fitness Professionals & Associates(AFPA)-certified weight management specialist, and an AFPA-certified nutrition and wellness consultant. She has extensive experience as a licensed pharmacist in community pharmacy, medication therapy management, and utilization management.In addition, she is the CEO of BMT Consulting Services, LLC(previously BMT Coaching) and a member of the Medical ExpertBoard for Verywell Health.

Her weight struggles inspired her to start her own company, focused on helping busy women harness the power of nutrition for permanent health and weight transformation. In 2020, AFPAnamed Dr. Beth’s company as one of seven black-owned health and fitness businesses that are changing the industry. After experiencing coaching success, she became passionate about serving organizations with all she’s created so they can take her results and multiply them through their platforms. Dr. Beth now uses her expertise to help digital health companies leverage effective, evidence-based content, course, and collaboration solutions for faster growth and more significant impact.

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support. Betthany Thomas, PharmD, RPh, faculty for this educational event, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Pete Kreckel, RPh, and Jaimini Patel, RPh, planner for this educational event, also have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Delivery Type

Home Study Webcast

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Credits

1.0 Contact Hour

Category

Disease State Management / Drug Therapy

Target Audience

Pharmacist
Pharmacy Technician
Nurses
Dental Professionals
Mental Health Professionals
Occupational Therapist
Clinical Lab
Athletic Trainer

Activity Type

Knowledge-based

Universal Activity Number

Pharmacist:
0657-0000-22-082-H01-P
Pharmacy Technician:
0657-0000-22-082-H01-T

Activity Release Date

October 17, 2022

Activity Expiration Date

October 17, 2025

Cost

$4.00

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Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CPE Monitor and/or CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

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Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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