Acute Otitis Media- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Acute otitis media (AOM), characterized by the rapid onset of symptoms like ear pain and fever, is one of the most frequent childhood illnesses. It is the most common diagnosis leading to an antibiotic prescription in the U.S., in fact, AOM accounts for one-half of all antibiotic use in children. The controversy over the use of antibiotics for AOM has been ongoing for many years. Most children will recover without antibiotics, and national experts recommend "watchful waiting" as the first step in management for many children. Despite this endorsement, watchful waiting is used in only 15% of AOM cases, with physicians citing parental reluctance as the number one barrier to use. This issue outlines the current management recommendations for AOM, including watchful waiting, antibiotic therapy, and symptomatic treatment. Antibiotic options for penicillin-allergic children and those who fail first-line therapy are included. Preventive measures you can recommend to parents, including risk factors worth avoiding and immunizations that reduce risk, are detailed in the Rx Patient Connection insert.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 428-0000-08-002-H01-P
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 where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.