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Your Medications: Making Sense of Treatments, Benefits, and Risks

Spring 2014

Thursday Evenings: June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014

Room 225, School of Nursing Building, UCSF Parnassus Campus
Course Number: MLL14022


Have you ever wondered what your doctor, nurse, and pharmacist consider before giving a medication to you or your child? Join us as we explore how healthcare providers choose, monitor, and weigh risks and benefits for common drug therapies. Topics that will be covered include: infections and antibiotics, blood-thinners, insulin and other medications that treat diabetes, popular weight loss supplements, how drugs behave differently in kids, and finally, how and why adverse drug events occur. If you have ever taken a supplement or a prescription medication, this course is for you.

Course Chair
Zlatan Coralic, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
Assistant Clinical Professor
Departments of Pharmacy and Emergency Medicine University of California San Francisco


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June 19th
Dr. B. Joseph Guglielmo, Professor and Dean, UCSF School of Pharmacy  | BIO | Handout
Appropriate Antibiotic Use in the Community Setting
Overview: Antibiotics are commonly used in the outpatient setting, particularly in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infection. These infections include acute bronchitis, sore throat, ear infection, and sinusitis. However, the benefits of antibiotics are highly dependent upon the specific infection. Antibiotics are associated with complications in some patients, including allergies and other side effects. Additionally, zinc and other agents offer potential benefit in the treatment of infection, particularly those associated with viruses. The goal of this presentation is to provide guidance in the safe, effective use of antibiotics in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infection.

June 26th
Steve Kayser, PharmD | BIO | Handout
Overview: Anticoagulant medications have been in use for many years for the treatment and prevention of blood clots associated with different disease states. Safe management requires a delicate balance between preventing or treating a blood clot and avoiding any bleeding complications from the anticoagulant drugs. The availability of newdrugs may offer some advantages. We will discuss the use of anticoagulant medications, their differences, their benefits and their risks.

July 3rd
Candy Tsourounis, PharmD
Weight Loss Supplements

July 10th
Zlatan Coralic, PharmD, BCPS
Adverse Drug Events in the Community
Overview: Adverse drug events are not uncommon in the community and result from inappropriate and appropriate use of medications. While adverse drug events and errors have been studied extensively in the inpatient setting, little is known on why they occur once the patient is at home. During this lecture we’ll discuss how medications are chosen based on their known risks and benefits, common adverse drug events and errors, and we’ll present our research examining root causes of adverse drug events in the community.

July 17th
Lisa Kroon, PharmD, CDE | Handout
Making Sense of Diabetic Medications

July 24th
Sarah Scarpace Lucas, PharmD, BCPS, FCSHP | Handout
Medications in Kids


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