A Guide for the Management of Streptococcal Pharyngitis for Pharmacy Teams

Pharmacist CEU
Contact Hours: 1.5 (0.15 CEUs)

Course Summary

Streptococcal pharyngitis, commonly called strep throat, is a prevalent bacterial infection in clinical practice. Appropriately identifying Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus, GABHS, as the cause of sore throat is important, as this is the only common etiology for which patients should receive antibiotics to treat the condition and prevent potential complications. As members of interprofessional care teams, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can assist in optimizing the outcomes of patients with GAS pharyngitis through collaboration with the health care team. Patients often visit their local pharmacy to seek recommendations for sore throat relief. In these cases, pharmacists can evaluate and refer patients to their primary care provider when streptococcal pharyngitis seems likely. Pharmacists can also counsel patients and caregivers on prescribed antibiotics and supplemental analgesics and offer strategies to prevent transmission to others. This continuing education presentation aims to provide pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology, risk factors, diagnostic approaches, and evidence-based management strategies associated with streptococcal pharyngitis.

Course Objectives

Describe the pathophysiology of and risk factors for streptococcal pharyngitis

Identify the clinical presentation of streptococcal pharyngitis, including common signs and symptoms

Describe the evaluation of a patient with streptococcal pharyngitis

Compare and Contrast treatment strategies for the management of streptococcal pharyngitis

I. Introduction

II. Etiology

III. Epidemiology

IV. Pathophysiology

V. Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis

A. Signs and Symptoms
B. Physical Exam
C. Diagnostics
D. Differential Diagnosis

VI. Management and Treatment Strategies

VII. The Role of Pharmacy Technicians

VIII. Recommended Resources

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: L. Austin Fredrickson, MD, FACP, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo and L. Austin Fredrickson, MD, FACP, have no conflicts of interest or financial relationships regarding the subject matter. There are no financial relationships or commercial or financial support relevant to this activity to report or disclose by RxCe.com or any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

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  • Target Audience: Pharmacist
  • Contact Hours: 1.5 (0.15 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 6/27/2024
  • Activity Expiration Date: 6/27/2027
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-24-075-H01-P
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1222682


L. Austin Fredrickson, MD, FACP



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