A Pharmacist’s Guide to Statin Therapy

Pharmacist CEU
Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)

Course Summary

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is a significant contributor to mortality and morbidity. Decades of randomized control trials have demonstrated a complex relationship between atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and lipoproteins. Lipoprotein levels can be modified pharmacologically to lower the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and mortality. This can be accomplished safely and successfully using lipid-lowering medications, including statins. Pharmacists must be familiar with the various statin drugs and their indications and guidelines so they may recommend the best treatment option to their patients.

Course Objectives

Recall current guideline recommendations for use of lipid-lowering medications

Identify indications, side effect profiles, and monitoring recommendations for statins

Discuss how to collaborate with prescribers to establish optimal lipid-lowering regimens

I. Introduction

II. Prevalence of Heart Disease

III. Lipoproteins: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

IV. Lipid Pathophysiology and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

V. ASCVD: Who is at Risk?

VI. Statins: First-line Lipid-Lowering Therapy

VII. Who Needs a Statin: Using the Latest Guidelines

VIII. Secondary Prevention

IX. Healthy Lifestyle: Before, During, and After Statins

X. Statin Comparisons

1. Administration of Statins
2. Cost

XI. Statin Adverse Events

XII. Monitoring Statin Therapy

Addressing Patient Concerns

XIII. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in the development of this activity: L. Austin Fredrickson, MD, FACP, and Susan DePasquale, MSN, PMHNP-BC. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of RxCe.com LLC. RxCe.com LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

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  • Target Audience: Pharmacist
  • Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 12/17/2022
  • Activity Expiration Date: 12/17/2025
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-22-093-H01-P
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-997338


L. Austin Fredrickson, MD, FACP



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