YAFI Online Programming // Disease State Management and Drug Therapy

Rosacea

Understanding the Patient Journey, Offering Insightful Help

Educational Objectives

After participating in this activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Discuss rosacea's pathophysiology and four subtypes
  • Identify recent changes in available medications to treat rosacea
  • Distinguish each FDA-approved product by the symptoms it addresses
  • Maximize the pharmacist's role in identifying OTC products, referring patients for prescription strength medication, and counseling patients about both

After participating in this activity pharmacy technicians will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic facts about rosacea
  • Acquire reputable sources for patients who have rosacea to find information
  • Differentiate between over-the-counter and prescription drugs for rosacea
  • Infer when to refer patients to the pharmacist for recommendations or referral

Session Offered

Release Date: May 15, 2020

Expiration Date: May 14, 2021

Course Fee

Free

Session Codes

18YC15-VXP82 -Pharmacist

18YC15-TVK26-Pharmacy Technician

Accreditation Hours

2.0 hours of CE

Abstract

Rosacea, a common skin condition among the fair-skinned, can affect individuals of all skin types. While often characterized by signs of facial flushing and redness, inflammatory papules and pustules, telangiectasia, and facial edema, rosacea’s symptom severity varies greatly among individuals. Symptoms are classified into four different subtypes according to predominant findings; symptoms may wax and wane, with exacerbations likely upon exposure to triggers. Research has not completely elucidated rosacea's pathophysiology, so understanding this inflammatory disorder and the various mediators involved with triggering flares is necessary to educate patients properly and develop appropriate treatment plans that address all symptoms. Management strategies must be tailored to individual patient symptoms, and often, employ periods of trial and error. Clinicians must also consider rosacea's psychological and psychosocial impact. Pharmacists can promote realistic expectations, suggest rosacea-friendly skin products, and advise patients to seek help if they don't see improvement within a certain timeframe. This activity discusses rosacea's incidence and etiology; its impact on quality of life; available treatments; and appropriate treatment for predominant symptoms.

Accreditation Statements

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are eligible to participate in this application-based activity and will receive up to 0.2 CEU (2 contact hours) for completing the activity, passing the quiz with a grade of 70% or better, and completing an online evaluation. Statements of credit are available via the CPE Monitor on- line system and your participation will be recorded with CPE Monitor within 72 hours of submission

ACPE UAN:
0009-0000-18-015-H01-P
0009-0000-18-015-H01-T

Grant funding: Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Galderma

Cost: Free

Initial Release Date: May 15, 2020

Expiration Date: May 14, 2021

To obtain CPE credit, visit the UConn Online CE Center

Use your NABP E-profile ID and the session code 18YC15-VXP82 for pharmacists or 18YC15-TVK26 for pharmacy technicians to access the online quiz and evaluation.

First- time users must pre-register in the Online CE Center. Test results will be displayed immediately and your participation will be recorded with CPE Mon- itor within 72 hours of completing the requirements.

For questions concerning the online CPE activities, email joanne.nault@uconn.edu

Faculty

Mary M. Bridgeman, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP is a Clinical Associate Professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey

Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Bridgeman has no actual or potential conflicts of interest associated with this article.

Disclosure of Discussions of Off-label and Investigational Drug Use

This activity may contain discussion of off label/unapproved use of drugs. The content and views presented in this educational program are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Content

Introduction

Rosacea is a remarkably common chronic, progressive inflammatory condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the American population, or more than 16 million Americans.1 Beyond a topical skin affliction, rosacea impairs patients’ quality of life and may signal an elevated risk for certain other systemic medical comorbidities. This condition, most common in fair-skinned adults, tends to develop in midlife and often has a genetic component. Its onset is insidious, and its symptoms are so general that clinicians often confuse them with other skin problems like acne, sun damage, or actinic keratosis. This makes it very difficult to determine rosacea's exact incidence, although most experts agree that it is far more common than previously believed.2,3 Affecting primarily the face, rosacea is not easily hidden, and creates tremendous emotional and physical discomfort for patients experiencing moderate-to-severe symptoms.

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