Pharmacy: Echinacea and Garlic Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety

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About Course #Y8027

Start Date: August 9, 2017

Expiration Date: August 9, 2020

Echinacea was the number one dietary supplement in the U.S. according to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey. Identifying the specific chemical principles within the three species of the perennial plant Echinacea that produce clinically relevant effects is the subject of ongoing research, and lack of this information hampers the ability to develop dosage forms and regimens that produce reliable clinical effects. Many uses have been proposed for Echinacea and garlic. Consumers have difficulty evaluating the literature and making appropriate choices with regard to the uses, dosing, adverse effects, interactions, and product quality of these supplements. Pharmacists who are knowledgeable about Echinacea and garlic supplements can assist patients in the appropriate use of these products to achieve better health.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-17-024-H01-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 01 - Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Course Objectives

  • Identify the components of Echinacea and garlic responsible for their effectiveness.
  • List potential uses of Echinacea and garlic using the evidence for their effectiveness.
  • Explain common adverse effects and safety concerns when using Echinacea and garlic.
  • Identify practical considerations of Echinacea and garlic use in order to educate patients who use these products.
  • Recognize the proper use of Echinacea and garlic when compared to other products used for the same conditions.

About the Author

Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a PhD in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She is a professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP). Dr. Piascik speaks at continuing education conferences on the topics of new drugs, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine. She teaches a problem-based elective course in the area of herbal and dietary supplements and co-coordinates an elective course in behavior modification coaching.

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.
  • Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is Medical Director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. He has agreed to present content that is current, evidence based, and without bias.

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