APRN Pharmacology Today: Understanding Herbal, Vitamin, and Mineral Supplements

APRN Pharmacology Today: Understanding Herbal, Vitamin, and Mineral Supplements

Type: Online
Expiration Date: 07/15/2019
Location: Online

Contact Hours

Pharmacology Hours


According to a 2012 national survey, nearly 18 percent of U.S. adults used a natural product in the previous year. Sales of herbal and dietary supplements in the U.S. were estimated to be $5.6 billion in 2012. Americans reported “enhancing health” as their top reason for using herbs and supplements, as well as seeking help with chronic conditions like memory loss, fatigue, and arthritis. Products like fish oil, probiotics and prebiotics, and melatonin have had a dramatic increase in use.

With increasing prevalence, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are considering prescription medications in conjunction with over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Seasoned APRNs are familiar with the importance of monitoring for adverse effects with regard to supplementary therapies; however, what does the data show about the efficacy of these agents? Moreover, what about their safety and risk for drug interactions?

This program will focus on the efficacy, safety, and drug interactions of the most commonly used vitamins, over-the-counter products, and herbal supplements, as well as review of key drug-food interactions. In addition, this innovative pharmacology module includes case studies, self-assessment quizzes, and reflection to engage learners and illustrate potential dangerous drug contexts. Through case study review, experienced APRNs will gain new insight into methods of interviewing patients to get an accurate account of their supplement use.

Join Amy M. Lugo, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, FAPhA, clinical pharmacy specialist and formulary manager at the Department of Defense-Defense Health Agency-TRICARE, for this new self-paced online course. Sign up for this online course and take the first steps toward safe prescribing practices that account for patient supplement use.

Key Learning Outcomes


After taking this interactive online course, you will be able to:

  • Appraise the most commonly used herbal supplements and vitamins in the U.S., summarize reasons for their use, and evaluate sources for best-practice guidelines;
  • Analyze the efficacy, safety, and drug interactions of common vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements, and discuss common food-drug interactions;
  • Apply components of patient counseling to secure key information from patients regarding vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements;
  • Differentiate key issues with special populations such as geriatrics, pediatrics, patients with renal and hepatic impairment, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.

Presented By


Amy M. Lugo, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, FAPhA

Dr. Lugo currently serves as Clinical Specialist and Formulary Manager at the Defense Health Agency Pharmacy Operations Division with TRICARE and is the director of the DoD’s managed care pharmacy residency program where she provides extensive technical support to the DoD P&T Committee via formulary management, pharmacoeconomic analysis, pharmacy benefit design and utilization management. She has previous experience in a variety of practice settings including academia and health-system pharmacy as a clinical specialist in primary care, inpatient family medicine and internal medicine, as clinical coordinator, and director of a pharmacy practice residency. Dr. Lugo is passionate about giving back to the profession and has extensive volunteer service with APhA, ASHP, and AMCP. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Florida, completed a primary care pharmacy residency in Asheville, NC and is board certified in Pharmacotherapy and advanced diabetes management. She also loves precepting and mentoring students and residents.

Dr. Lugo would like to extend a special note of thanks to Sara B. Tyburski, RN and Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at University of New England College of Pharmacy, for her role in the development and completion of this pharmacology module.

Pricing Information




Use of these or any other course(s)/material(s) does not imply eligibility for certification or successful performance on any certification exam, nor is it a requirement to qualify for individual certification.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) does not endorse any products or services.

Price: $79.00

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