Pharmacy: A Review of Commonly Prescribed Antibiotics: Back to Basics

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About Course #Y8045

Release Date: November 20, 2018

Expiration Date: November 30, 2021

Antibacterial therapy offers many choices. Guidelines help clinicians make the optimal antibiotic choice for treatment of specific infectious diseases, but recommended treatment options can change with the development of antimicrobial resistance and the introduction of newer agents. Pharmacists must maintain updated knowledge about antibiotics, including spectrum of activity, therapeutic uses, ADRs, and drug interactions. This course covers commonly used antibiotics, serving as a refresher on mechanism of action; spectrum of activity; common clinical uses, resistance mechanisms, ADRs and drug interactions; and patient counseling points.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-18-055-H04-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 04 General Pharmacy

Course Objectives

  • Identify issues with antibiotic use and misuse.
  • Identify the mechanism of action of commonly prescribed antibiotics.
  • Identify uses for commonly prescribed antibiotics.
  • List common or serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and drug interactions for commonly prescribed antibiotics.
  • Recall patient education for commonly prescribed antibiotics.

About the Author

Cheryl Durand, PharmD, is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS) with a focus on infectious disease and pharmacy advocacy and leadership. Dr. Durand graduated from Northeastern University. At MCPHS, she is a preceptor for institutional advanced pharmacy practice experience students, and her practice site is Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. In July 2017, Dr. Durand was appointed as the vice chair for the Pharmacy Practice Department at MCPHS School of Pharmacy Worcester/Manchester.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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