Gluten-Free Training for Pharmacy Professionals
GREAT Pharmacists is a free online continuing education course for pharmacists and other pharmacy professionals. The course is designed to help these professionals better serve patients with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders
An estimated 3 million Americans have celiac disease, and an estimated 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity'). The only treatment for these conditions is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. As gluten is found in medication, pharmacy care is critical in the treatment of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. This continuing education activity will provide pharmacists with a reliable understanding of gluten-related disorders and how they can play a role in helping patients with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
Upon completion of this activity, pharmacists will be able to:
- Define the etiology of celiac disease, its prevalence and pathophysiology.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms and list major complications of celiac disease.
- Identify potential sources of gluten in medication.
- Describe current United States and international guidelines for labeling gluten in medication.
- Discuss ways that pharmacists and pharmaceutical manufacturers can help patients with celiac disease use medicines safely and effectively.
Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D, R.Ph.
Dean and Professor
St. John's University, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Loretta Jay, MA
Director of Program Development
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
James H. Wisner, BBA, MBA
President, Wisner Marketing Group, Inc.