Ulcerative Colitis Insights: A Primer for Pharmacy Teams

Pharmacist CEU
Contact Hours: 2.0 (0.2 CEUs)

Course Summary

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum. This continuing education program will review its etiology, pathophysiology, and classification. The appropriate diagnosis and treatment of UC is critical to maintaining the quality of life of patients and avoiding complications from the disease. Available pharmacologic treatments will be discussed, including their mechanisms of action, side effect profiles, and their recommended place in therapy. Evidence-based recommendations are also shared alongside the suggestion to treat patients with UC using a shared decision-making model. The role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as members of interdisciplinary care teams will also be discussed in relation to the diagnosis and management of this disease.

Course Objectives

Describe the etiology and pathophysiology of ulcerative colitis (UC)

Compare and Contrast pharmacologic therapies for UC

Identify the mechanisms of action and side effect profiles of medications used to treat UC

Provide medication counseling points for patients with UC

I. Introduction

II. Etiology and Epidemiology

III. Risk Factors

A. The Microbiome
B. Genetics
C. Immune-Mediated Risks
D. Environment and Lifestyle

IV. Pathophysiology

V. Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis

A. Clinical Presentation
B. Diagnosis

VI. Management of Ulcerative Colitis

A. Nonpharmacologic and Lifestyle Approaches
B. Pharmacologic Approaches
C. Maintenance Therapy
D. Induction Therapy for Mild-Moderate Active Disease
E. Induction Therapy for Moderate-to-Severe Active Disease
F. Therapy for Active Severe or Fulminant Disease

VII. Drug Monitoring

VIII. Tips for Pharmacy Technicians

IX. Clinical Pearls and Additional Resources Summary

X. 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: Liz Fredrickson, PharmD, BPCS, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo and Liz Fredrickson have no conflicts of interest or financial relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. 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

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.

Computer Hardware/Software Requirements

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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: 4/9/2024
  • Activity Expiration Date: 4/9/2027
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-24-045-H01-P
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1194768


Liz Fredrickson, PharmD, BCPS



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