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Pharmacology of Antihyperlipidemic Medications for Laboratory Professionals (Online CE Course)

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Author: Kyle D. Mills, DO, MLS(ASCP)SH
Reviewer: Katie Blain, PharmD, MPH

This course will review the normal biological functions of lipids and differentiate lipoprotein types based on their structure and function. While this presentation will provide a brief review of all lipid types, there will be a focus on cholesterol and associated disease states, medications, and implications for laboratory testing.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-029-18, approved through 6/30/2020
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Clinical Chemistry/UA/Toxicology): 1 hour(s)
Course number 20-659976, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Recognize the normal biological functions of lipids.
  • Differentiate lipoprotein types based on their structure and function.
  • Summarize the disease states and physical examination findings of dyslipidemias.
  • Predict potential laboratory abnormalities associated with lipid lowering medications.
  • Categorize lipid lowering medications according to their physiologic mechanism of action.

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Course Outline

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  • Review of Lipid Physiology
  • Disease States Associated with Hyperlipidemia
  • Classification of Lipid Lowering Medications
      • Pharmacologic Strategies for Dyslipidemia and Laboratory Applications
      • HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / Statins
      • What is the most common laboratory abnormality expected from a patient taking an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (eg, statin)?
      • Bile Acid Resins
      • Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors
      • Nicotinic Acid (Niacin)
      • Fibrates
      • How often should serum creatinine be assessed in patients taking fibrates, such as gemfibrozil?
      • PCSK9 Inhibitors
      • Summary for the Laboratory Professional
      • Which two medications for hyperlipidemia have an anti-inflammatory benefit?
      • Cholesterol Screening and Management Guidelines
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of Instruction: Beginning

Intended audience:  Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students, pathology residents, and other healthcare personnel who are responsible for prescribing and administering antihyperlipidemic medications.

Author information: Kyle D. Mills, DO, MLS(ASCP)SH, completed his professional medical education at the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky, in 2018. He is currently pursuing residency in internal medicine at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Mills also holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree from the University of Kentucky and is an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and Specialist in Hematology (SH). Before attending medical school, Dr. Mills worked on the laboratory bench as a generalist and led a medical laboratory technician program.

Reviewer information: Katie Blain, PharmD, MPH is a pharmacist with the Appalachian Regional Healthcare health system in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Dr. Blain currently serves as the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA) New Practitioner Committee Chair. She completed an American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP) accredited community pharmacy residency program with Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Walgreens Co. in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Blain received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Kentucky.  

Course description:  This course will review the normal biological functions of lipids and differentiate lipoprotein types based on their structure and function. While this presentation will provide a brief review of all lipid types, there will be a focus on cholesterol and associated disease states, medications, and implications for laboratory testing.

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