Available Until 7/21/2022

Clinical Considerations with the Use of Pharmacologic Treatments for COVID-19

ACPE Activity Number:  0204-0000-21-415-H01-P
Activity Date: July 21, 2021
Expiration Date: July 21, 2022
Activity Type: Application-based 
CE Credits: 1.0 hour
Activity Fee: Free of charge 

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has strained health systems like never before. Since the pandemic shut the world down in March 2020, much has been learned about how to manage the disease and improve patient outcomes. This educational activity will review existing clinical data on the use of antiviral therapies, anti-inflammatory management, as well as supportive care in patients with COVID-19. Guideline recommendations on these treatments in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 will also be explained. The activity will include several clinical cases that illustrate the pharmacist’s role in the management of patients with COVID-19.

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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 who practice in hospitals and treat patients with COVID-19.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between guideline recommendations for the use of remdesivir in the treatment of COVID-19.
  • Summarize evidence for the use of pharmacologic and supporting therapies in the treatment of COVID-19.
  • Using a clinical case study, recommend a treatment plan for a patient hospitalized with COVID-19.


Paul M. Szumita, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FASHP, FCCM, Activity Chair
Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Program Director-PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Residency
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Paul M. Szumita, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FASHP, FCCM, is Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Program Director of the PGY-2 Critical Care pharmacy residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Szumita is a fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine and ASHP. Dr. Szumita is responsible for directing clinical programs aimed at optimizing pharmacotherapy and improving patient outcomes. He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and serves on several committees focused on improving clinical practice at the local, regional, and national level, including the program advisory board for the ASHP Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Board Examination Review Course.

Jeffrey C. Pearson, Pharm.D., BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Jeffrey C. Pearson, Pharm.D., BCIDP, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he serves as the point person for the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program and COVID-19 therapeutic guidelines. Dr. Pearson received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in 2014. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts and PGY-2 residency in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He can be reached on Twitter at @jeffpears0n.

No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company. 

As defined by the Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education definition of ineligible company. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the CPE activity.

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Supported by an educational grant from Gilead