Community pharmacists’ role in impacting personal diabetes treatment goals

Course description
Target Audience:

Pharmacists in community-based practice.

Universal program number: 0401-0000-14-001-H01-P
Activity type: Knowledge-based


To providethe pharmacist with an update on pharmacotherapeutic options and counseling points necessary for managing patients with diabetes.


Statistics point to a great need for expanded care access for patients who are at risk or already diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes. Indicators are clear that primary care providers, including family practice physicians, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, will be tasked with greater responsibility for diagnosis, treatment and continuing follow-up care just to attempt to serve the growing number of patients. With the many demands on the primary healthcare system, community pharmacists must be ready to assist these practitioners in ensuring that treatment for the diabetes patient is appropriate and that patients are treated to clinical goals..

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this program, the pharmacist should be able to:

  1. Define diagnostic criteria for Type 2 diabetes.
  2. Compare and contrast current treatment options for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
  3. Describe important counseling points to improve patient adherence and outcomes.
  4. Identify drug-drug interactions with diabetes medications.
  5. State monitoring parameters to ensure positive and safe patient outcomes.
To obtain credit:

A minimum test score of 70% is needed to obtain credit. Submit your answers to the learning assessment questions online at Your statement of credit will be available through CPE Monitor located at To ensure transmission of credit hours to CPE Monitor, you must enter your correct e-PID number in your CE profile.

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If you are a paid enrollee, there is no cost to participate in this lesson. The fee for participants who are not enrolled is $13.95.


Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE Activity is approved for pharmacists and is worth 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs).  The activity is available for CE credit through Feb. 4, 2017.

Faculty & disclosure

By Nancy Lyons, BS Pharm, MBA, CDE, clinical pharmacist training and management consultant

Nancy Lyons and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.

Course summary
Credit hours: 
  • 2.00 Pharmacist
Course format: 
Written Lesson
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