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AMDA's 32nd Annual Symposium

A02 - Clinical Controversies: Orexigenic Use in Unintended Weight Loss; Amiodarone Use for Atrial Fibrillation; Vitamin D Use in Fall Prevention

Mar 5, 2009 8:00am ‐ Mar 5, 2009 11:30am

Standard: $24.00


AMDCP Credit Designation:

This session has been approved for a total of 3 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).

The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity fora maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Presenter(s): Mario Cornacchione, DO, CMD(Moderator); Michael Bottorff, PharmD, FCCP; Naushira Pandya, MD, CMD; DennisChapron, PharmD; T.S. Dharmarajan, MD, FACP; Meri Hix, PharmD, CGP; S

Dr.Hix will discuss off-label use of mirtazapine,megestrol, and dronabinolin the anorexia of aging.
MichaelBotteroff received speaker honoraria from Sanofi Aventis, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Inc.
MarioCornacchione, DO, CMD will discuss off-label use of Mirtazapine,Omega III Fatty Acids and Megestrol.

Allother presenters report they had no relevant financial relationships todisclose

Session Description:
This session takes the form of a moderated pro/conevidence-based debate utilizing a long term care physician and pharmacist foreach topic. What is the evidence forusing megestarol, mirtazepine or dronabinol in unintended weight loss? Is theefficacy data and side effect profile of amiodarone enough to support its useversus simple rate control in the frail elderly? Is there enough evidence tosupport using Vitamin D as part of a fall prevention program? In addition, itprovides valuable insight into the sometimes differing perspectives ofconsulting pharmacists and physicians on topics such as these.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the evidence for and against use of megestrol acetate,mirtazapine and dronabinol in unintended weight loss in long term care
  • Perform a risk benefit analysis for use of amiodarone in atrialfibrillation- rate control vs. rhythm control
  • Discuss the evidence for and against use of Vitamin D in FallPrevention

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