Available Until 1/7/2024

Keep it Simple: An Algorithm for Managing High Cost/High Impact Complex Medication

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-21-032-H04-P
Release Date: January 7, 2021
Expiration Date: January 7, 2024
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available

 This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Activity Overview

This presentation is intended to compare and contrast two robust medication management algorithms used by large health-systems to manage “complex medications”. During this presentation, the speakers will outline two medication management algorithms, apply the algorithms to two “complex medications”, and discuss similarities and differences between the algorithms.


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of pharmacists and pharmacy leaders involved in the formulary management process.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the concept of “complex medications”.
  • Identify institution-specific algorithms for complex medications.
  • Given examples, describe the use of medication-use management algorithms.
  • Describe two algorithms for the medication-use management of "complex medications".

Schedule of Activities

  • Introduction and Announcements
  • Presentation
  • Questions, Answers, and Discussion


  • Curtis Petty, Pharm.D., M.B.A., Director of Pharmacy, Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Emily Rodman, Pharm.D., BCPPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Laura B. Stokes, Pharm.D., M.S., Assistant Director – Inpatient Operations, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Karen Williams, Pharm.D., BCPPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital, Houston, TX


In accordance with the ACPE's and ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support, anyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity is required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. In accordance with these Standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/domestic partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.

As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The Standards for Commercial Support do not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The existence or non-existence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.

  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity. 

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

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