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Digital Seminar

Complex Geropharmacy: Atypical Symptoms, Comorbidities & New Standards

Susann Varano, MD
3 Hours 05 Minutes
Audio and Video
Feb 04, 2022
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Geropharmacy is both an art and a science. The confusion can lie between knowing when and how to separate the two. 

As you evaluate medication usage in the elderly, especially in terms of fall risk or cognitive impairment, a well-planned decision-making process makes a dramatic impact on outcomes.

Learn how the current body of science can demonstrate statistically significant benefits. That vital information is then coupled with the art of knowing your geriatric patients goals to prescribe/deprescribe on an individualized basis.  


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see the statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Earn up to 3.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 180 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 3.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 3.0 contact hours. Expires: 02/04/2025.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 3.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 3.0 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 3.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 02/04/2022. It was last reviewed on 03/08/2022 and is valid until 03/08/2025.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Physicians Assistants - Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 3.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 02/04/2022. It was last reviewed on 03/08/2022 and is valid until 03/08/2025


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 3.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Susann Varano, MD's Profile

Susann Varano, MD Related seminars and products

Susann Varano, MD, is a Yale University-trained physician who is double board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Her expertise is sought currently as a geriatric consultant for medically complex residents/patients and as an adjunct professor teaching geriatric coursework to physician assistant students. Additionally, Dr. Varano is the principal investigator at Clinical Research Consulting. As such, she has completed over 150 clinical trials, has presented findings at numerous national/international conferences and her written articles have been featured in US News and World Report.

Dr. Varano has served as geriatrics course director and lecturer for the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program. Additionally, she was selected to work in the Yale University Hospital Affiliated Program, a position where she would give the prestigious Medical Grand Round Lectures to Medical Staff as well as Community Physicians.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Susann Varano is the principal clinical investigator with Clinical Research Consulting, LLC, and a geriatrician consultant with Maplewood Senior Living and Hamden Health and Candlewood Valley Rehabilitation. She receives a speaking honorarium from Urovant. Dr. Varano receives a consulting fee, speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Susann Varano has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Appraise the risk factors for an adverse drug reaction. 
  2. Apply five key principles to deprescribe medications. 
  3. Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate medication management of Alzheimer’s disease. 
  4. Develop best practice methods to avoid medications that contribute to Alzheimer's disease. 
  5. Evaluate the types of medications that statistically increase fall risk. 
  6. Plan your response once a medication has been identified that could be contributing to a patient’s falls. 



  • Adverse drug reactions 
  • 5 principles to describe medications 
  • Medication adherence 
  • Impact from complementary and alternative medications 

Fall Risk, Cognition & Medication Use 

  • Cardiovascular medications 
  • Neurological medications 
  • Medications to treat peripheral disorders 
  • Psychotropic medications 
  • Treatments for insomnia 
  • Urinary incontinence treatments 
  • American Geriatrics Society recommendations 
  • Joint decision making with patient 

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Physicians Assistants


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