Ask the Expert: Issues Related to Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

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WebcastWednesday, February 29, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

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Accreditation for Pharmacists

ACPEThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity provides 1.0 hour (0.1 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (ACPE activity #204-000-12-407-L01P).

Methods and Format

This is a live web-based activity consisting of audio, presentation slides, and an activity evaluation tool. Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit. Participants may print their official statements of continuing pharmacy education credit immediately following the activity. This activity is provided free of charge. Click here for full CE processing instructions.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity was planned to meet the needs of pharmacists in a variety of practice settings, including large and small health systems, outpatient clinics, managed-care organizations, long-term care facilities, and academia.  This activity would be particularly beneficial for pharmacists, clinical specialists, managers, leaders, and educators who are interested in anticoagulation, cardiology, and new drug therapies.

Webinar Overview

This activity will focus on current issues and agents related to the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The faculty will address these issues and provide practice pearls for pharmacists.

The content for this live webinar is based on questions raised by participants in a recent educational symposium on this topic. Time for questions and answers from the webinar audience will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this knowledge-based continuing education activity, participants should be able to

  • Discuss the major findings of clinical trials involving the use of new and emerging antithrombotic agents for preventing stroke in patients with AF.
  • Discuss dosing and monitoring issues that pharmacists should consider when initiating therapy with the oral direct thrombin inhibitors and Factor Xa inhibitors for stroke prevention in AF.
  • Analyze potential drug interactions with the oral direct thrombin inhibitors and Factor Xa inhibitors in patients with AF.


Cynthia A. SanoskiCynthia A. Sanoski, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, Activity Chair
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Jefferson School of Pharmacy
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cynthia A. Sanoski, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jefferson School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has played an integral role in the development and implementation of the curriculum and the recruitment and mentoring of pharmacy practice faculty in this newly established school. Previously, she served as Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in Columbus, Dr. Sanoski completed a two-year fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Sanoski has given numerous presentations on the management of various cardiovascular diseases, including cardiac arrhythmias, acute coronary syndrome, and acute decompensated heart failure. She has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Archives of Internal Medicine, Formulary, Pharmacotherapy, Chest, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, and Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. She has also written several book chapters on the management of acute and chronic arrhythmias and medication-induced cardiovascular adverse effects. Dr. Sanoski is a reviewer for several journals, some of which include Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Therapeutics, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Current Medical Research and Opinion, and American Journal of Managed Care. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Current Medical Research and Opinion.

Dr. Sanoski is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Within ACCP, she has served as Chair and Secretary of the Cardiology Practice and Research Network (PRN) and Secretary-Treasurer of the Education and Training PRN. In 2007, Dr. Sanoski was elected as a fellow of ACCP. She is currently serving a three-year term as Treasurer of ACCP and is a member of the ACCP Board of Regents. Dr. Sanoski recently completed Academic Leadership Fellows Program sponsored by AACP. While at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, she was awarded the University's Faculty Special Recognition Award. In 2010, she was also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University.

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Webinar System Requirements

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Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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Planned and coordinated by ASHP Advantage and
supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.