Prevention and Management of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection in Transplant Recipients (Solid Organ and Stem Cell): What Pharmacists Need to Know
This educational activity is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) and supported by an educational grant from Merck.
Darrell T. Hulisz, RPh, PharmD
Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
University Hospitals Medical Group
Freelance Medical Writer
Darrell T. Hulisz, RPh, PharmD has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this educational activity.
Katherine Wandersee has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this educational activity.
The clinical reviewer, Steven Kheloussi, PharmD, has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this educational activity.
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Credits: 2.0 hour (0.2 ceu)
Type of Activity: Application
Fee Information: There is no fee for this educational activity.
Estimated time to complete activity: 120 minutes
September 30, 2020
September 30, 2021
This accredited activity has been designed for pharmacists.
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During the period September 30, 2020 to September 30, 2021, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; and 3) complete the posttest and evaluation form directly after the activity within a maximum of 60 days of participating in the activity. To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. Once completed, click on the Grade Exam button at the bottom of the page. Your posttest will automatically be graded. Your statement of participation will be made available immediately. Click on the View Statement of Participation link and print the statement for your records. To receive Credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number. All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.
To update hospital pharmacists on the prevention and management of CMV in high-risk patient groups, including those who are severely immunosuppressed or undergoing procedures such as allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSCT) or solid organ transplant (SOT).
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
- Describe patient populations and procedures associated with the greatest risk for negative outcomes due to CMV infection or reactivation.
- Review recent guideline statements and expert recommendations for CMV infection management, prevention, and follow-up care.
- Assess current data on new/novel treatment and prevention approaches targeted toward CMV.
- Discuss the hospital pharmacist's role in the treatment and prevention of infection from CMV.
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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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