Anaphylaxis A Primer for Pharmacists

This program will support all pharmacy team members to guide them in assisting patients in the proper choice of and use of auto-injectors.


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Anaphylaxis is a serious medical emergency where symptoms can develop within minutes or gradually over a few hours. It is essential that pharmacy team members are prepared and can act quickly if a patient has symptoms.

This program will discuss best practices on how to ensure patients and caregivers have the appropriate delivery and understand how to properly use an epinephrine auto-injector. Plus, participants will receive a case study walk-through and will learn more about the causes, symptoms, and various treatments for anaphylaxis.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the pathophysiology, causes and risk factors for anaphylaxis
  • Describe the symptoms associated with anaphylaxis
  • Describe the role of current therapies and rationale for product/dose selection
  • Provide patient education regarding anaphylaxis including how to recognize symptoms, trigger avoidance and correct use of an epinephrine auto-injector

Course at a glance:

  • 1 Hour to complete
  • 1 CEU
  • Available until February 28, 2022
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2021-3162-I-P
  • Completion requirement: Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules and achieve a score of 70 per cent on the multiple-choice exam.

Who should take this course:


Development Team:

  • Sandra Knowles, BSc Phm
  • Roxanne Hook, BSc Phm, M.Ed.
  • Sherilyn Houle, BSc Phm, PhD
  • Mike Yake, BSc Phm