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Vitamin & Mineral Part 2

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Publication Date: Mar-1-03
Expiration Date: Mar-31-05
CE Credit: 1.5 (0.15 CEU)
Type of activity: Knowledge-based

This program was developed by The Rx Consultant and published by Continuing Education Network, Inc. The Rx Consultant accepts no advertising or financial support from the pharmaceutical industry and is funded solely by the purchase of programs. The Rx Consultant is dedicated to providing unbiased, balanced information to health care practitioners.

Programs developed by The Rx Consultant are written by health care providers with expertise in the topic area, peer-reviewed, extensively edited, and fact-checked. This development process was created to insure that every program presents information that is current, accurate, relevant to "real world" health care providers, and written in an easy reading, "plain English" style.


Carol Porter, PhD, RD, FADA directs the Nutrition Services at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and teaches a class on Vitamins and Minerals in the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco.

Disclosure Statement

Target Audience

This accredited program is targeted to pharmacists and nurses.

Goals & Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the differences between unsubstantiated health claims and evidence-based recommendations.
    • Give current recommendations for calcium and vitamin D in- take. Help a patient select an appropriate calcium supplement.
    • Provide evidence-based recommendations for folic acid intake as it relates to neural tube defects and cardiovascular disease.
    • Summarize the evidence for the use of nutrient supplements to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, improve immune function and athletic performance, and treat Alzheimer's disease.

    Exam & Credit Statement procedures

    Upon successful completion of this program and the post test (70%), 1.5 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded. To receive credit and your exam score, please complete the exam questions and program evaluation.

    Editorial and Review Board

    Editor and CE Administrator

    Terry M. Baker, PharmD

    Associate Editor and CE Coordinator

    Tracy Farnen, PharmD

    Associate Editors

    James Chan, PharmD, PhD
    Pharmacy Quality and Outcomes Coordinator
    Kaiser Permanente
    Oakland, CA

    Associate Clinical Professor
    School of Pharmacy
    University of California San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA

    Ron Finley, RPh
    Department of Clinical Pharmacy
    University of California San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA

    Associate Member of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center
    Alzheimer's Research Center

    Consultant Pharmacist to the Institute on Aging-On Lok Senior Health
    Institute on Aging Alzheimer's Day Care Center

    Angie S. Graham, PharmD
    Drug Information Coordinator
    Stanford Hospital and Clinics
    Stanford University Medical Center
    Stanford, CA

    Julio R. Lopez, PharmD, FCSHP
    Chief of Pharmacy Service
    VA Northern California Health Care System

    Adjunct Clinical Professor
    College of Pharmacy
    Touro University
    Vallejo, CA

    Assistant Clinical Professor
    School of Pharmacy
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA

    Adjunct Professor
    Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
    University of the Pacific
    Stockton, CA

    Visiting Associate Professor and Lecturer
    Nursing School
    Samuel Merritt University
    Oakland, CA

    Pamela Mausner, MD

    Joshua J. Neumiller, PharmD, CDE, CGP, FASCP
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pharmacotherapy
    College of Pharmacy
    Washington State University
    Elder Services of Spokane
    Spokane, WA

    Candy Tsourounis, PharmD
    Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
    Medication Outcomes Center
    Department of Clinical Pharmacy
    School of Pharmacy
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA

    Senior Editorial Advisor

    Gerard Hatheway, PharmD, PhD

    Editorial Advisors

    Jocelyn Chan, PharmD
    Belinda M. Danielson, RPh
    Christopher M. DeSoto, PharmD
    Cynthia Chan Huang, PharmD, MBA
    Fred Plageman, PharmD

    Editorial Advisor and Clinical Practice Consultant for Nurse Practitioners

    Emily K. Meuleman, RN, C, MS

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    Accreditation Statements

    The Rx Consultant is a publication of Continuing Education Network, Inc.

    Continuing Education Network, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
    Continuing Education Network is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13118. Programs approved by CA BRN are accepted by most State Boards of Nursing.

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