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COPD Management: Updated to the Gold 2020 Guidelines

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) has made updates for the 2020 Report. There are new recommendations when managing COPD, factors to consider when initiating inhaled corticosteroid treatment, defining what COPD is, and more. This CE session will highlight updates in clinical practice guidelines that evaluate COPD management and approach. Additionally, this session will provide a guide to pharmacists in providing appropriate counseling on proper inhaler technique. One barrier to effective disease management is inappropriate respiratory inhaler technique. Without proper inhaler technique, many patients receive suboptimal medication deposition into their lungs. This is an opportunity for pharmacist intervention, to improve inhaler technique, decrease exacerbation, and increase symptom management. This course is structured to deliver interactive learning through the use of knowledge-based questions after each major topic that is covered.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Compare and contrast 2019 GOLD guidelines with the updated 2020 GOLD guidelines for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Create a medication regimen for treating varying severities of COPD utilizing the ABCD model
  • Identify who is a candidate for inhaler corticosteroid use
  • Effectively counsel patients on inhaler devices


Elizabeth Paolucci, PharmD
Elizabeth Paolucci, PharmD, RPh is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at Walgreens and MCPHS University in Boston. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2019. At her practice sites, Dr. Paolucci provides direct patient care within the community, ambulatory care, and specialty pharmacy settings. At each of these sites, she focuses on clinical activities including, but not limited to, administering vaccines, chronic disease state management, and providing patient-centered care for patients with rare, complex disease states. Additionally, Dr. Paolucci serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University Boston where she teaches didactic lectures and serves as a co-preceptor for P4 APPE students on their community rotations


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Release Date: July 6, 2020
Expiration Date: July 6, 2021
Contact Hours: 1.0
Universal Activity Number: 0026-0000-20-014-H01-P
ACPE Topic Designator: Drug Therapy

Registration Fee: This module is provided free of charge to all.