Influenza Now: Updates on New and Emerging Antivirals

Release Date: January 31, 2019
Last Reviewed: January 27, 2019
Expiration Date: January 31, 2020
Time to Complete Activity: 1.5 hours
*This activity expired for credit on January 31, 2020 and is no longer available for credit
This activity is jointly provided by Educational Review Systems, Inc. and Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC. 

Jason E. Bowling, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
UT Health San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
James S. Lewis II, PharmD, FIDSA
Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Supervisor
Co-Director, Antibiotic Stewardship
Departments of Pharmacy and Infectious Diseases
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Target Audience
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of community and hospital pharmacists. It may also benefit other clinicians involved in the care of patients with influenza.
Statement of Need
Although antiviral agents can reduce the duration and severity of influenza symptoms and prevent complications (particularly in vulnerable patient populations), misconceptions about their indications and efficacy may lead to underuse, even in patients at high risk of influenza-related complications who would benefit most. This educational activity will dispel myths about influenza’s impact, testing, and treatment, including misperceptions about exciting new and emerging therapies.
Learning Objectives
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
• Apply effective strategies of patient and healthcare provider education on antiviral management of influenza.
• Evaluate the latest safety and efficacy data for new and emerging antiviral medications to determine how these may fit into the treatment paradigm.
• Introduction
• Dispelling Misperceptions About Influenza Prevention and Testing
• Dispelling Misperceptions About Conventional Antiviral Treatment
• Dispelling Misperceptions About New and Emerging Antiviral Treatment
• Q&A
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Educational Review Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is approved for 1.5 hours (0.15 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. Proof of participation will be posted to your NABP CPE profile within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the posttest. Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit. (Universal Activity Number – 0761-9999-19-003-H01-P; 0761-9999-19-003-H01-T)
This is a knowledge-based activity.
Disclosure of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
Instructions for Participation
To receive CPE credit, you should:
• Follow instructions to register or log in with your professional information and complete the preactivity assessment
• View the online activity in its entirety
• Complete and submit the online posttest and evaluation
A statement of participation will be available for download/printing immediately following your successful completion of the posttest and evaluation.
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In accordance with ACPE requirements on disclosure, faculty and contributors are asked to disclose any relationships with commercial interests associated with the area of medicine featured in the activity. These relationships are described below.
Jason E. Bowling, MD
Retained Consultant: BioGaia Pharma
James S. Lewis II, PharmD, FIDSA
No financial relationships to disclose.
Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC, staff members have no financial relationships to disclose.
Educational Review Systems, Inc., staff members have no financial relationships to disclose.
Independent peer reviewer has no financial relationships to disclose.
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