VA Service Breakout: Pharmacist's Role in New and Niche Areas: Biosimilars and the Emergency Department


This session covers two growing areas where expanding pharmacy services is needed: the emergency department (ED) and use of biosimilars. Both clinical and operational issues that should be considered when establishing pharmacy services in the ED are reviewed. Clinical best practices will be shared to help pharmacy clinicians better understand the scope and role that pharmacists can play to help improve patient care and overall patient outcomes. The variability in using recent research and practice guidelines as well as ways to better use evidence-based practices will be discussed. Clinical and operational issues associated with the oversight of safe and appropriate use of non-oncologic biopharmaceuticals, including biosimilars will be addressed. Clinical best practices involving biosimilars are shared. Presenters will interact with participants in several ways including polling questions and direct question/answer segments. 

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the practice of pharmacy in an Emergency Department (ED) setting.
  2. Describe the role of the Emergency Department (ED) pharmacist.
  3. Identify future opportunities in the practice of pharmacy in an Emergency Department (ED) setting.
  4. Discuss the practice of pharmacy in a specialty setting, focusing on management of autoimmune disease with non-oncologic biologic and biosimilar  medications.   
  5. Discuss the role of a clinical pharmacy specialist in management of patients treated with non-oncologic biologics.
  6. Discuss opportunities in the practice of specialty pharmacy in the management of autoimmune disorders.
Kimberly Schnacky,
Clinical Pharmacist
VA Medical Center
Idi Idiong,
University of Connecticut
Learning Level: Level 1
Track: Service Breakout
Session Time Slot(s): 
Monday, September 11
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Rosen Shingle Creek - Wekiwa 9/10
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-17-196-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .25
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