Medication Safety LAN Event: April 2018

Topic: A Patient-Centered Approach to Safely Managing Diabetes

Date: Wednesday, April 112018


This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event was open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations.

Call Summary:

This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event featured speakers exploring promising practices for patients with diabetes, including hypoglycemia. Topics included how to safely choose diabetes-related medications, patient-centered approaches to medication management, and a review of new diabetic treatments. Participants also heard from Medicare beneficiaries about their experiences with medications, monitoring blood sugar, and treating hypoglycemia as well as recommendations on how to improve care. 

Click here for the event flyer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe recent updates in pharmacotherapy management guidelines.
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of the various medication classes used to treat type 2 diabetes.
  • Determine which factors guide therapeutic decision making when adding on to, or replacing metformin in type 2 diabetes.
  • Assess the appropriateness of SGLT-2 inhibitors, DPP-4 inhibitors, and GLP-1 agonists, based on specific patient characteristics including weight, renal function, and cardiovascular disease.

Slides & Recorded Presentation:

Meet the Speakers:

Brian Cryder
Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy

Diana Isaacs
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center

Lalita Prasad-Reddy
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Rush University Medical Center

Larry Parker, Sr.
Beneficiary, DSME Advocate

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