Managing Asthma in Adults and Adolescents

Pharmacist CEU
Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)

Course Summary

Asthma is a common global health problem that impacts a person’s ability to breathe. It affects persons of all age groups, and it can be serious, even fatal. Asthma management requires ongoing medical management and education. This includes controlling symptoms so the patient may maintain normal activity levels. Asthma management and education can help reduce asthma-related exacerbations and mortality. Pharmacists play an important role in ensuring proper inhaler technique as they are commonly the last healthcare providers encountered before asthma self-management is initiated.

Course Objectives

List diagnostic criteria and symptoms of asthma

Construct a standard asthma management plan

Describe mechanisms of action for medications used for the treatment of asthma

Identify initial treatment options for asthma management

I. Introduction

II. What is Asthma

III. Prevalence of Asthma

IV. Diagnosing Asthma

V. Assessment of Asthma

VI. General Principles of Asthma Management

VII. Mechanism of Action for Medications Used in Asthma Treatment

VIII. Medications and Strategies for Asthma Symptom Control and Risk Reduction

IX. Initial Asthma Treatment

X. Reviewing Responses and Adjusting Treatment

1. Stepping-up Asthma Treatment
2. Stepping-down Asthma Treatment

XI. Treating Modifiable Risk Factors

XII. Education and Skills Training

XIII. Difficult-to-treat and Severe Asthma

XIV. 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: Amanda Mayer, PharmD, Jeff Goldberg, PharmD, BCPP, 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

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
  • Supported Browsers: Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera
  • A connection to the internet
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  • Target Audience: Pharmacist
  • Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 9/25/2023
  • Activity Expiration Date: 9/25/2026
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-23-161-H01-P
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1110622


Amanda Mayer, PharmD



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There is an article on this course on our blog: Managing Asthma in Adults and Adolescents: A Guide for Pharmacists
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