Looking at the Big Picture: When Diabetes and Comorbidities Exist

Looking at the Big Picture: When Diabetes and Comorbidities Exist

This educational activity is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) and supported by an educational grant Merck.


Katelyn O'Brien, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Diabetes
Boston Medical Center
Shapiro General Internal Medicine
Boston, MA

Medical Writer
Laura K. Stinson, PharmD
Academic Detailing Pharmacist
University of Kentucky 
Medical Writer and Education Consultant
The Stinson Pen, LLC


Katelyn O'Brien, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this program.

The clinical reviewer, Joshua J. Neumiller, PharmD, CDE, FAADE, FASCP, has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this program.

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acpePostgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-20-020-H01-P
Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)

Type of Activity: Knowledge
Media: Internet

Fee Information: There is no fee for this educational activity.
Estimated time to complete activity: 120 minutes


March 2, 2020


March 2, 2021


This accredited activity has been designed for pharmacists.

How to Earn Credit

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The goal of this educational activity is to increase pharmacist knowledge regarding common comorbidities of diabetes and diabetes-related complications. Participants will be more familiar with the importance of identifying comorbidities and how they can affect diabetes care. Pharmacists will be more familiar with making treatment selections based on factors such as cardiovascular disease, heart failure, and kidney disease. After participation in this activity, pharmacists will understand how they can participate in care by helping to meet recommended screening needs.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  1.  Identify comorbidities that are more common in patients with diabetes.
  2. Explain the impact that diabetes comorbidities and their treatment can have on glycemic control and how to prioritize care.
  3. Explore the relationship between key comorbidities such as ASCVD, heart failure, and chronic kidney disease, and how they relate to treatment selection in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  4. Discuss comprehensive medical examinations for patients with diabetes and how pharmacists can help address screening needs in this population.


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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC or Merck. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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