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    This is an unprecedented and challenging time for all of us. That’s why the freeCE team is working so hard to bring you the in-depth, accurate, and timely information you need to support both your pharmacy practice and your customers. In addition to the courses and resources shared below, we want to let you know about some other resources we can offer, as well as let you know what else freeCE is doing to help our employees, our partners, and our communities.

    Many of our customers—both those of freeCE and those of our sister company, Surgent (which provides continuing professional education to CPAs, attorneys, and other tax, accounting, and finance professionals)—are being called upon in new ways during this COVID-19 pandemic. Our freeCE members are helping to educate and support the medical care of COVID patients and their families, all while trying to keep themselves safe and healthy, just as our Surgent customers are helping many of their personal and business clients work through incredibly trying and complicated financial and legal issues caused by the pandemic.

    That’s why, in addition to providing you with the on-the-job educational content you need, freeCE is also doing what we can to support your well-being by offering free resources, including this self-care webinar (note that CE credits are not available for this webinar). We’ve also provided a number of free COVID-related resources including (2) free on-demand CE webinars on the impact of the pandemic, which educated more than 7400 Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to date.

    Our home study webcast, Fatal Perceptions: Suicide Prevention Tools for Community Practice, is now available for free to anyone for the month of May, and is always available at no cost to our members. We’re also extremely proud that we’ve been able to make a sizable corporate donation to Americares, a non-profit organization providing protective supplies along with other critical support and resources for frontline health workers and health centers.

    For our own freeCE team, we continue to provide as much support as we can for our now fully remote workforce, including a stipend for employees to use in a local business of their choice or for any other personal expense, access to resources to support our team members’ physical and mental health during this crisis, and weekly virtual team happy hours to keep us all connected with live (though obviously virtual) entertainment and games.

    Please choose a registration option below:

    Embarrassed to Cough in Public - Understanding Chronic Cough Amid COVID-19
    Preventing COVID and Flu Can Start with YOU!

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1.25 Contact Hours

    Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers, so patients typically stop in pharmacies or call pharmacists for advice all the time. With influenza vaccination season upon us, it is imperative for pharmacists to be able to assist patients with symptom differentiation between influenza and COVID-19. This session will discuss the similarities and differences between symptoms of influenza and COVID-19, as well as the point of care tests that can be done to diagnose what illness a patient is suffering from. It is also important to understand the precautions that must be taken to ensure that pharmacy staff and patients remain safe when providing influenza immunizations this season. Finally, this program will provide an overview of the vaccine approval process and the candidate vaccines for COVID-19. Please join us for this presentation to see how you can help do your part in educating others to prevent COVID-19 and influenza.
     


    COVID-19 Update for Pharmacy Practice, Session 15
    COVID-19 Update for Pharmacy Practice, Session 15

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 0.5 Contact Hours

    COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving topic, often with weekly headlines that seemingly contradict or alter the scientific thinking from the week prior. In this concise and focused weekly series, Professor Pete Kreckel examines the most current developments surrounding COVID-19 and examines the applicability of such news through the lens of community pharmacy practice.
     


    Getting Treatment Right - COVID-19 and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
    Getting Treatment Right - COVID-19 and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hour

    Early studies show that patients with COVID-19 appear to be at a higher risk for thrombotic complications like venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE is already among the leading causes of death from cardiovascular disease. So, in addition to the traditional risk factors for VTE, practitioners must consider both the indirect effects as well as the direct effects of the COVID infection as they contribute to even greater risk of the consequences of VTE. This program will review the current literature and evidence regarding the frequency of VTE in patients with COVID, as well as the available guidance and evidence-based literature regarding the use of anticoagulation therapies in patients with COVID or patients recovering from COVID.
     


    Embarrassed to Cough in Public - Understanding Chronic Cough Amid COVID-19
    Embarrassed to Cough in Public - Understanding Chronic Cough Amid COVID-19

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hour

    The already cumbersome burden and social limitations associated with chronic cough have been amplified during COVID-19. The heightened awareness of and concern associated with cough has made any errand or public appearance more difficult for those with chronic cough. Now, more than ever, patients with chronic cough are seeking effective treatments to minimize symptoms and improve quality of life. Current treatment strategies for cough fall short of meeting the needs of all patients with cough, particularly those patients who experience refractory or unexplained cough, so this is an area of unmet need. This educational session will summarize the current treatment landscape for chronic cough, as well as highlight the ways that current management falls short of meeting the needs of all patients. The purpose of this session is to equip pharmacists and nurses to provide appropriate counseling and treatment recommendations for patients with chronic cough. It is critical that healthcare providers understand not only the mechanism of chronic cough and current treatments, but also the receptors involved and their relationship to the rationale of new pipeline agents in development. Pharmacists and nurses will leave this session better able to care for and meet the needs of patients who suffer from this frustrating and stigmatizing condition.
     


    Getting Treatment Right - COVID-19 and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
    Getting Treatment Right - COVID-19 and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hour

    Early studies show that patients with COVID-19 appear to be at a higher risk for thrombotic complications like venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE is already among the leading causes of death from cardiovascular disease. So, in addition to the traditional risk factors for VTE, practitioners must consider both the indirect effects as well as the direct effects of the COVID infection as they contribute to even greater risk of the consequences of VTE. This program will review the current literature and evidence regarding the frequency of VTE in patients with COVID, as well as the available guidance and evidence-based literature regarding the use of anticoagulation therapies in patients with COVID or patients recovering from COVID.
     


    Embarrassed to Cough in Public - Understanding Chronic Cough Amid COVID-19
    Embarrassed to Cough in Public - Understanding Chronic Cough Amid COVID-19

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hour

    The already cumbersome burden and social limitations associated with chronic cough have been amplified during COVID-19. The heightened awareness of and concern associated with cough has made any errand or public appearance more difficult for those with chronic cough. Now, more than ever, patients with chronic cough are seeking effective treatments to minimize symptoms and improve quality of life. Current treatment strategies for cough fall short of meeting the needs of all patients with cough, particularly those patients who experience refractory or unexplained cough, so this is an area of unmet need. This educational session will summarize the current treatment landscape for chronic cough, as well as highlight the ways that current management falls short of meeting the needs of all patients. The purpose of this session is to equip pharmacists and nurses to provide appropriate counseling and treatment recommendations for patients with chronic cough. It is critical that healthcare providers understand not only the mechanism of chronic cough and current treatments, but also the receptors involved and their relationship to the rationale of new pipeline agents in development. Pharmacists and nurses will leave this session better able to care for and meet the needs of patients who suffer from this frustrating and stigmatizing condition.
     


    Embarrassed to Cough in Public - Understanding Chronic Cough Amid COVID-19
    Preventing COVID and Flu Can Start with YOU!

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1.25 Contact Hours

    Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers, so patients typically stop in pharmacies or call pharmacists for advice all the time. With influenza vaccination season upon us, it is imperative for pharmacists to be able to assist patients with symptom differentiation between influenza and COVID-19. This session will discuss the similarities and differences between symptoms of influenza and COVID-19, as well as the point of care tests that can be done to diagnose what illness a patient is suffering from. It is also important to understand the precautions that must be taken to ensure that pharmacy staff and patients remain safe when providing influenza immunizations this season. Finally, this program will provide an overview of the vaccine approval process and the candidate vaccines for COVID-19. Please join us for this presentation to see how you can help do your part in educating others to prevent COVID-19 and influenza.
     


    Getting Treatment Right - COVID-19 and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
    Getting Treatment Right - COVID-19 and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

    Live Course for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hour

    Early studies show that patients with COVID-19 appear to be at a higher risk for thrombotic complications like venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE is already among the leading causes of death from cardiovascular disease. So, in addition to the traditional risk factors for VTE, practitioners must consider both the indirect effects as well as the direct effects of the COVID infection as they contribute to even greater risk of the consequences of VTE. This program will review the current literature and evidence regarding the frequency of VTE in patients with COVID, as well as the available guidance and evidence-based literature regarding the use of anticoagulation therapies in patients with COVID or patients recovering from COVID.
     


    Pharmacy Manager’s Toolbox: COVID-19 Legislation – Business Highlights for the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Pharmacy Manager’s Toolbox: COVID-19 Legislation – Business Highlights for the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Home Study for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hours

    COVID-19 has infiltrated the practice of pharmacy on many levels. While the clinical and practical pieces of this crisis tend to garner mass attention, the business implications of COVID-19 on pharmacy owners and managers can become lost in the chaos. This session seeks to explore the changes that apply to pharmacy practice as a result of FFRCA and CARES legislation. The session is intended to bring awareness to fundamental industry shifts that are occurring as a result of the current pandemic. Topics such as the drug supply chain, HSA coverage, and new options for small business owners are highlighted by an experienced CPA and MST.
     


    COVID-19 Pharmacy Law Modifications State-By-State
    COVID-19 Pharmacy Law Modifications State-By-State

    Free Home Study for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 2 Contact Hours

    This program provides a summary of steps taken in each state to provide legal authority for pharmacists to effectively serve the public in their efforts to meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant modifications in pharmacy law from each state are listed. References are provided for further exploration of emergency legal provisions affecting pharmacy practice. This program provides examples of ways in which state governments can move quickly to respond to a health care crisis and remove restrictions to permit practices by pharmacists that are necessary to protect the public health.
     


    Weekly COVID-19 Update for Pharmacy Practice, Session 1
    COVID-19: Navigating the Unchartered Pandemic Waters

    Home Study for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hour

    This presentation will briefly discuss the background and epidemiology of the virus, including its virulence and risk to public health. Additionally, therapeutic options, including supportive care and potential agents will be discussed. Lastly, the presentation will discuss various roles that pharmacy personnel can play in education, patient care, and global health.
     


    Weekly COVID-19 Update for Pharmacy Practice, Session 1
    COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Broad Overview of the New Virus in Town

    Free Home Study for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses
    Worth 1 Contact Hour

    Since December 2019 one story has been on everyone’s mind that affects virtually every sector of society—coronavirus. You can’t go to your social media account, open your local newspaper or turn on your television without seeing a story about this pathogen. This nasty little virus has greatly impacted social gatherings, hospitals, basketball games, our workplaces, and the stock market. Professor Pete Kreckel who is in the trenches at a family practice office, at a community pharmacy and lecturing to Physician Assistant students will provide a general overview of the precautions, symptomatology, and management of this novel virus.
     


     
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