Thursday, June 6, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
PharmCon Webinar Studio (freeCE.com)
1.5 Contact Hour(s)
Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician
Chronic constipation, when broadly defined as fewer than three defecations weekly, affects about one in six Americans. The prevalence is higher in the elderly population, with some studies suggesting that 25% of individuals older than 65 have constipation.Although new-onset constipation, especially in elders, can be a sign of systemic pathology (e.g. malignancy), the overwhelming majority of those who suffer from this disorder have no discernible mucosal or structural cause and this disorder is most commonly referred to as functional constipation. A significant segment of patients with this disorder have drug-induced constipation.Many drugs including anticholinergic drugs and calcium channel blockers may cause or contribute to constipation, but probably the most important cause of drug induced constipation is opioid induced constipation (OIC). The use of opioids for both acute and chronic pain has risen significantly in the past 20 years and accompanying this increase in opioid use has been an awareness of opioid induced bowel dysfunction.
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.
In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.
PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Drake University, Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist, Iowa Methodist Medical Center
This continuing education activity is held as copyright by PharmCon, Inc. Through this notice, PharmCon, Inc. grants permission of its use for educational purposes only. These materials may not be used, in whole or in part, for any commercial purposes without prior permission in writing from the copyright owner(s).
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.