Obesity- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past 20 years, doubling between 1980 and 2004. In 2009, only 1 state (Colorado) and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity below 20%, and in 9 states the prevalence was 30% or greater. Among other conditions, obesity is directly linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer. The health problems that accompany obesity lead to increased medical care and disability costs, which amounted to an estimated $147 billion in 2008. It is becoming clear that healthcare providers need to have a greater impact on this rising epidemic. This issue of The Rx Consultant will review the health consequences of obesity, current considerations in the evaluation of obesity, prescription medications linked with weight gain, the key components of weight loss education programs, FDA-approved medications for management (orlistat, phentermine, and diethylpropion), and considerations for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Medications recently rejected or removed from the market by the FDA are briefly discussed.


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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 : 0428-0000-11-104-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.