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- Explain the risks to patient health and monetary costs associated with polypharmacy.
- Understand generally the concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and how they affect prescribing in older adults.
- Give examples of “good” or “necessary” polypharmacy.
- List specific classes of drugs relatively contraindicated in the geriatric population.
- Describe the history, importance, and application of Beers Criteria.
- Explain the principles of prescribing for older patients.
Date of original release: October 5, 2018
Most recent review/update: October 5, 2018
Termination date: October 4, 2021
Paul Volker, MD
Physician and Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Des Moines University
Dr. Volker discloses that holds no professional or remunerative relationships with pharmaceutical or medical equipment manufacturers. He does receive grant funds from the United States Geriatrics Workforce Education Project. While not recommending a specific drug, Dr. Volker will discuss the potential reduction of use of some drugs or drug classes. Proprietary drug names will also be referenced by their generic names.
- MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
- Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This enduring materials activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
- Other Health Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 1.00 AOA Category 2B
- 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 1.00 IBON