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Managing COPD – As Easy as A, B, E

March 9, 2023 | 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Pharmacists are in an excellent position to improve patient care by actively participating in efforts designed to improve medication adherence; by assisting prescribers with therapy selection; and by educating patients and clinicians on the proper use and administration of inhalation devices. This session will highlight key aspects of COPD management along with important considerations that involve the selection, utilization and adjustment of medication therapy.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the pathogenesis, associated risk factors, and clinical presentation of COPD.
  • Apply evidence-based strategies published in 2023 GOLD Report to help guide therapeutic decision making.
  • Demonstrate and evaluate the proper use of various inhalation devices to support patient self-management education.
  • Utilize strategies to monitor the efficacy of a treatment regimen, as well as, ways to avoid adverse effects.

Presenters

Timothy R. Hudd BS, PharmD, RPh, AE-C, Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has served on the MCPHS faculty for the past 19 years. Dr. Hudd is a certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) and a past Chair for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) and current Co-Chair of the Certified Asthma Educator Examination Committee, National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). He works with several statewide asthma advocacy groups including the Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership (MAAP), a group responsible for developing the 5-year Strategic Plan for Asthma Management in Massachusetts.

Serving as a clinical ambulatory care faculty preceptor at Merrimack Family Medicine in Tewksbury, MA, Dr. Hudd delivers lectures on pulmonary related topics for several graduate and post-graduate programs. Published in multiple articles and textbook chapters on pulmonary related topics, Dr. Hudd is a past recipient of the “Pharmacy Practice Teacher of the Year”, “Faculty Preceptor of the Year", and is a Past President of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA).

Dinesh Yogaratnam, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has an internal medicine practice site at UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he participates on multidisciplinary rounds with the Family Medicine Inpatient Service. Dr. Yogaratnam holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. He completed his PGY1 residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA and his PGY2 Critical Care residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Before joining MCPHS, Dr. Yogaratnam worked as a critical care (medical ICU) pharmacist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he was a residency preceptor and PGY2 Critical Care Residency Director.

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Activity Number: 0026-0000-23-002-L01-P | Knowledge-Based
Topic Designator: Disease State Management / Drug Therapy
Contact Hours: 1.5