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Appropriateness of Drug Therapy

DATE: Friday, June 26th



Modern medicines have contributed to longer life spans and improved quality of life. However, when not used appropriately, effectively, and safely, medications can have devastating consequences. There are several risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy, including having multiple medical conditions managed by multiple prescribers. Monitoring patients’ active medication lists and deprescribing any unnecessary medications are recommended to reduce pill burden, risks of adverse drug events, and financial hardship. This session will review medications with increased risk of complications in the elderly and presents a process for patient active medication list monitoring and deprescribing as a therapeutic intervention.


  • Define and discuss medication-related problems, adverse drug reactions, unnecessary medications, polypharmacy, and deprescribing

  • Identify why older adults are at greatest risk for medication-related problems and polypharmacy

  • Recognize medications which increase risk for medication-related problems and offer more safe alternatives

  • Examine a medication list and practice deprescribing techniques

Dr Lisa O’Hara is owner of Comprehensive Therapy Specialists, LLC, an independent pharmacy consulting provider. Lisa has been instrumental in expanding the role of the pharmacist by bringing forth her knowledge as a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, the Corporate Clinical Director for a long-term care pharmacy provider, and preceptor of students from both Butler and Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy. Dr O’Hara is a national speaker on multiple pharmacy related topics. Her other contributions include numerous pieces and publications focused on geriatric/long-term care areas such as: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes Mellitus, Heart Failure, Osteoporosis, Stroke Prevention, and Unnecessary Medication Use. Dr O’Hara was also a finalist for the Next Generation Pharmacist, Pharmacy Times, Patient Care Provider of the Year (2013).

Administrators: This program has been approved for one hour and fifteen minutes of continuing education by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20211011-1.25-A80718-DL.

Administrators, if you have NOT registered with NAB you will NOT receive credits until you set up an account.

Instructions on setting up both a regular NAB account and CE Registry account can be found in NAB CE Registry Handbook for Administrators found here: Click Here

Login page for the NAB CE Registry: Click Here

Important note to individuals with licenses other than nursing home administration:

While these programs are approved through NAB/NCERS for nursing home administrator credits, Forum Extended Care Services suggests that those who hold licenses in other healthcare disciplines such as: nursing, social work, physical therapy, etc. inquire with their respective state licensing board to ensure that the board will accept the credits. All state licensing boards have final say on what credits they accept.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must submit their documentation directly to their respective state boards, associations, or licensing agencies. Forum Extended Care Services provides CE certificates only to attendees.


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