Home Care of the Oncology Patient: The Pharmacist’s Role in the Patient Management and Safe Handling of Oral Chemotherapy
Amy Pick, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
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Amy Pick, PharmD, BCOP, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest in relation to this program.
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Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)
Type of Activity: Knowledge
This accredited activity was designed for Pharmacists.
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The goal of this activity is to discuss the role of pharmacists in the successful management of oral chemotherapy in the oncology patient.
After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Describe strategies for improving adherence to oral chemotherapeutic medications;
- Recognize the possibility of drug-drug interactions and adverse events with chemotherapeutic medications;
- Practice supportive care management and counseling for the individual undergoing at-home chemotherapy; and
- Demonstrate safe handling practices for chemotherapeutic medications, according to the recently published recommendations for clinical practice.