ICYMI: Medications Update for 2019
ICYMI: Medications Update for 2019
WhenThursday, May 23, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m.
Campus locationWilliam H. Foege Bioengineering (BIOE)
Campus roomFoege Auditorium
Event typesSpecial Events


Faculty from the UW School of Pharmacy and the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach help you understand how to use recent, newsworthy headlines to inform decisions about your health.

Cannabis Use in Older Adults: Seeing Through the Haze
Lianne Hirano, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine UW School of Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Palliative Care, Harborview Medical Center

Cannabis is available in many forms nearly everywhere you turn these days. Recent literature suggests medical cannabis may have benefits for a number of common conditions, but it can be overwhelming to navigate the available information in terms of the various products’ safety and efficacy.

What information can you use to guide you in beginning a conversation with your healthcare team?

Aspirin Use in Older Adults: Ounce of Prevention or a Bitter Pill?
Rachel Firebaugh, PharmD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

A daily aspirin is part of many people’s routine. Aspirin is used for both preventing a first heart attack or stroke as well as preventing either of these from happening again. A new study has caused many to wonder if aspirin is still the ‘go-to’ for preventing heart related events due to the risks identified in this research.

What new information can empower your next discussion with your healthcare team? 

Vitamin D Use in Older Adults: A Fall From Grace?
Leigh Ann Mike, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy
Assistant Director for Education, Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach

Vitamin D plays an important part in maintaining overall health. For many years, older adults have been advised to take Vitamin D as part of a falls prevention strategy. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently updated its recommendations on Vitamin D for falls prevention. This session will describe the recent clinical studies and the new Task Force recommendations.

Is Vitamin D right for you?

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