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Interprofessional Webinar Series:
Disease-Related Changes in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Date and Time: October 19, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET (Live)

Location: Online at

Speaker Name and Title:
Ebtesam Ahmed, PharmD, MS
Director of Pharmacy Internship
MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care

Purpose: The complex process of aging is characterized by progressive loss in the functional capacities of organs, a reduction in mechanisms of homeostasis, and altered response to receptor simulation. These changes combine to increase the susceptibility of elderly individuals to environmental and physical stressors as well as the effects of medications. The purpose of this webinar is to focus on the main age-related physiological changes affecting different organ systems and their implications for pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medications. 

    1. Discuss key issues in geriatric pharmacotherapy
    2. Examine the effect of age on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
    3. Discuss risk factors for adverse medication events and ways to mitigate them 
    4. Explain the principles of medication prescribing for older patients

Why Do I Need to Know This?
The prevalence of diseases increases with advancing age, and this increase is accompanied by an increase in the use of medications. Medication therapy is among the most widely used and highly valued interventions for acute and chronic diseases of older adults, yet the use of medication therapy in the geriatric patient is one of the most difficult aspects of patient care.

Target Audience: palliative care specialists, pain specialists, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, pharmacists, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students.

Criteria for Successful Completion:
1. Attendance at entire session (mandatory for nurses and pharmacists)
    2. Submission of completed evaluation form (mandatory to receive CE/CME credit for MDs and 
    3. Submission of completed Verification of Continuing Education Participation Form, Program 
        Evaluation Form
, and CE Validation Form (mandatory for pharmacists). Pharmacists must email all 
        three forms to or fax forms to 212-649-5544 within 45 days of 
        webinar date.

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and MJHS. NHPCO is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hour. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.


Pharmacists:  St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Completion of this program provides a total of 1.0 hours of home-study continuing education credit. In order to obtain credit, participants must complete and submit required continuing education forms. The Universal Activity Number assigned to this program is: 0043-9999-17-082-H01-P. Credit will be posted to CPE Monitor within six weeks.

Social Workers:
NHPCO is an approved provider of continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider #886414158).

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886414158-7378) for 1 continuing education contact hour.

MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0242.

Individual: $25 (includes CME/CE certificate)
Group: $95 + $5 per CME/CE certificate

Registration fees for webinars are not refundable.

System Requirements for Computers and Mobile Devices:

Ebtesam Ahmed, PharmD, MS, has no disclosures. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Moderator, has indicated a relationship with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and Tabula Rasa for research support. 

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Barbara Bouton, MA, FT
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN-BC, C.T.
Steven R. Gardner, MPA, PAHM
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Jennifer Kennedy, RN, MA, BSN, CHC
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Judith A. Skretny