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State of the Art and Science in Drug Therapies for Hospice and Palliative Care

Title: State of the Art and Science in Drug Therapies for Hospice and Palliative Care with Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE

CE/CME Credit Available:

Nurse, Physician and Non-Physician Healthcare Professional 

Member Price:  $105.00
Non-Member Price:  $210.00

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Non-Physician Healthcare Professional Certificate

Length: 1.0 hour

This course was originally presented at NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA’s 2015 Virtual Conference entitled Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care.

It is critically important that hospice and palliative care practitioners remain current on new drug trends and understand their implications when used on patients with advanced illnesses. This opening plenary presentation will highlight new medications approved or brought to market in the past 12-18 months, acknowledge current and standard medications used in the field and discuss the implications for hospice and palliative care (e.g., utility, toxicity, monitoring, etc.).  Drug safety and their implications for end-of-life care will be included.


  • List new drugs approved by the FDA for use in hospice and palliative care
  • Describe the approved indications, unapproved uses of the    medication, common adverse effects and drug interactions for each   drug
  • Describe the burden-to-benefit ratio and the role of the medication in   caring for patients with advanced illness
  • Analyze important drug alerts released by the FDA (Drug Safety Alerts)   and their relevance to drug therapies commonly used in hospice and   palliative care patients

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE

May Lynn McPherson is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. Dr. McPherson has a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development and she is working on a second Master’s degree in Distance Education. Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in both hospice (local and national) and ambulatory care her entire career. Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the US and is President of the American Society of Pain Educators. Dr. McPherson has won numerous awards for teaching and her innovative practice in end-of-life care.


Faculty: Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN,   RN have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CE/CME Credit Hours: Nurse: 1.0 Contact Hours
Physician: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Completion: In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.
CE/CME Info:

Nurse:  NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NHPCO designates this enduring material for 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.


Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse, physician, and social worker, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form. *including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, spiritual care givers, etc.  is activity.

Release Date: April 30, 2017

Expiration Date:  

April 30, 2020

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