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Weather or Not to Make That Recommendation: Evidence-based OTC Options for Each Season

This activity is intended for practicing pharmacists who encounter patient and/or consumer questions around the appropriate over-the-counter medications to use for common seasonal-based conditions. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Select potential nonprescription and non-pharmacologic treatment options for prevalent seasonal ailments.
  • Evaluate literature pertaining to nonprescription medication used to treat common seasonal ailments.
  • Analyze patient cases and utilize recent literature to provide evidence-based recommendations.
  • Counsel patients regarding safe and effective use of nonprescription medication.


Kaelen C. Dunican, PharmD is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the Worcester/Manchester campuses. Dr. Dunican facilitates pharmacotherapeutic sessions on nonprescription medication and obesity and teaches Introduction to Patient Care and Advanced Self Care Therapeutics. She also co-coordinates the Self Care Therapeutics and Pharmacotherapeutics course. She maintains practice sites with both CVS and Hannaford Pharmacies, and precepts advanced community pharmacy students at these locations. Dr. Dunican received her Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA. Her scholarly interests focus on the pharmacologic treatment of obesity and innovative strategies for self-care instruction. Dr. Dunican has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, textbook monographs, and chapters on a variety of topics including obesity, tension-type headaches, osteoarthritis, and pediculosis.

Free for MCPHS alumni, faculty and staff. For all others the fee is $12.00


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Release Date: September 15, 2021
Expiration Date: September 15, 2022
UAN 0026-0000-21-030-H01-P
Topic Designator: Drug Therapy
Contact Hours: 1 (0.1 CEU)


Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. MCPHS designates this educational activity for a total of 1 contact hours (0.1 CEUs).

Requirements for Credit

In order to receive credit, the participant must view the entire presentation and complete the pre and post-tests, and evaluation form. Upon completion participant credit will be reported to CPE Monitor. Transcripts may be printed from CPE Monitor

Statement of Disclosure

MCPHS adheres to the ACPE Standards for Integrity and Independence in Continuing Education. It is the policy of MCPHS that the speakers and planning committee members disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies, and that relevant conflicts of interest are mitigated. Speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drugs or devices during their presentation.

Kaelen Dunican and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Continuing Education staff members hold no financial relationships with ineligible companies, related to the content of this presentation.