Health Care Misinformation: A Moving Target for Regulatory Oversight

Pharmacist CEU
Contact Hours: 2.0 (0.2 CEUs)

Course Summary

A vibrant, effective health care system relies partly on disseminating accurate health information to the public. Information may come from governmental entities, national or state medical organizations, medical professionals, or individual citizens and community members. But what happens if health information is incorrect, misleading, or false? What should the societal response be to overcome misinformation and disinformation? These questions rose to new prominence with the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal governmental entities, states, and national or state medical organizations have grappled with controlling COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation while at the same time not chilling the development of COVID-19 science or the free speech of medical professionals and laypersons. This activity will review misinformation and disinformation and some of the attempts to deal with it

Course Objectives

Discuss the characteristics of health misinformation and its effect on public health

Describe the role of regulatory bodies in disciplinary actions for misinformation

Characterize the different approaches taken by states in addressing the dissemination of health care information

I. Introduction

II. Health Information

III. Defining Misinformation

IV. A Historical Look at Misinformation and Disinformation

V. Misinformation and Disinformation Affecting Health Care

VI. How Federal and International Public Health Agencies are Dealing with Perceived Misinformation and Disinformation

VII. How States Have Dealt with Perceived Misinformation

VIII. Dealing with Misinformation in the Pharmacy Setting

IX. 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 developing this activity: Gerald Gianutsos, PhD, JD, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo was an employee of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals until March 2022 and has no conflicts of interest or relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. 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 LLC. LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

Computer Hardware/Software Requirements

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  • Operating System: Windows 7,8,10, or 11 /Mac OS X 10.9 or later/iOS/Android
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  • A connection to the internet
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  • Target Audience: Pharmacist
  • Contact Hours: 2.0 (0.2 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 9/25/2023
  • Activity Expiration Date: 9/25/2026
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-23-163-H03-P
  • Topic: Law
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1110640


Gerald Gianutsos, Ph.D., J.D.



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