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Pharmacology of Infectious Disease: Essential Elements for an Impactful Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Eric Wombwell, PharmD, BCIDP
Approx. 6 Hours
Feb 15, 2021
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Dr. Eric Wombwell, PharmD, and Board Certified Infectious Disease Pharmacist will be your guide in this seminar, as you learn the latest evidence in the pharmacology of infectious diseases and application of this evidence to enhance your clinical pharmacy practice. 

With new antibiotics, vaccines, treatment guidelines, and evidence-based research continuously becoming available, the need to stay up-to-date is an imperative for pharmacists.  The CDC recommends that pharmacists receive ongoing education about a variety of areas, including adverse reactions to antibiotics, antibiotic resistance and optimal prescribing.

Dr. Wombwell will draw attention to clinical situations where antibiotics are overprescribed, unnecessarily used, and underutilized in the treatment of infections. He will provide approaches to improve antibiotic use in these situations—resulting in reduced antibiotic cost, resistance, and collateral damage, improving patient outcomes in both outpatient and inpatient environments.

You’ll leave with the knowledge and strategies to:  

  • Integrate current, best-practice treatment guidelines
  • Limit adverse reactions from antibiotics
  • Implement antimicrobial de-escalation strategies
  • And more!

The need for robust antibiotic stewardship has never been more pressing.  Purchase today!

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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.  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.



Successful completion of this Application-based self-study program qualifies for 6.3 self-study contact hours. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Program Number: 0289-0000-21-004-H01-P. This activity was originally released on 03/05/2021 and is valid until 03/05/2024. Please note: Pharmacists are required to view the program in its entirety, complete a program evaluation and achieve a passing score of 80% or higher on a post-test in order to have their participation submitted to ACPE. A valid NABP e-Profile ID and Birthdate (MM/DD) will be required for reporting. Don’t have your e-Profile ID yet? Visit the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) website and complete your e-profile at in order to obtain your NABP e-Profile ID.



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Eric Wombwell, PharmD, BCIDP, is a board-certified infectious diseases pharmacist and Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Wombwell completed his PharmD degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City, followed by an ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Upon residency completion, Wombwell accepted a full-time non-tenured clinical faculty position at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Upon residency completion, Wombwell accepted a full-time non-tenured clinical faculty position at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Pharmacy. His responsibilities include teaching Doctor of Pharmacy students in a variety of courses with special emphasis in the area of infectious diseases. As part of this position, Wombwell serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, working as part of the multidisciplinary team, providing care to acutely ill patients at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri.

Dr. Wombwell is well-published in pharmacy and infectious diseases-related topics and is frequently invited to present on infectious diseases topics locally and nationally to various health-professional audiences. He has been named teacher-of-the year in various capacities over 10-times, including the "UMKC Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching."


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Eric Wombwell has an employment relationship with the University of Missouri. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and a consulting fee from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Eric Wombwell is a member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, the Missouri Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Centerpoint Medical Center.

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  1. Develop antibiotic recommendations in response to microbiologic testing results.
  2. Describe clinical scenarios compelling for empiric coverage of resistant bacteria.
  3. Discriminate clinical scenarios requiring initiation of antibiotics.
  4. Choose appropriate risk factor–based empiric antibiotic regimens for acute infections.
  5. Recognize clinical scenarios necessitating avoidance of specific antibiotics based on side effect profiles.
  6. Identify clinical situations appropriate for newly approved antimicrobials.


Considerations for Successful Empiric Therapy

  • Spectrum of activity for commonly used antibiotics
  • Normal flora for infectious sites
  • Resistance associated with common bacteria
  • Pharmacodynamic influences on antibiotic dosing

Interpretation of Microbiologic Test Results 

  • Gram stain results
  • Culture and sensitivity results
  • Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) evaluation
  • PCR results

Antibacterial Resistance

  • Trends
  • Mechanisms of resistance
  • Contributing factors
  • Antibiotic stewardship concepts

Antibiotic Related Allergies– Penicillin and ‘Sulfa’

  • Define true allergy versus side effect
  • Penicillin allergy and cephalosporin cross sensitivity 
  • ‘Sulfa’ allergy


  • Clinical trial data for therapeutics
  • Clinical trial data for vaccines

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

  • Streptococcus pyogenes vs. MRSA
  • Evidence for antibiotic management
  • IDSA treatment guidelines
  • Vancomycin AUC/MIC monitoring


  • Evidence for pathogen etiology
  • Evidence for antibiotic management
  • IDSA/ATS community-acquired pneumonia treatment guidelines
  • Resistance risk factors and management
  • IDSA/ATS hospital- and ventilator-acquired pneumonia treatment guidelines
  • New antibiotics for MDR infections


  • Evidence on vaccine timing and use in older adults
  • Clinical trial data for therapeutics
  • IDSA/CDC treatment guidelines

Urinary Tract Infections

  • Resistance trends
  • Clinical trial data for therapeutics
  • Antibiotics for MDR infections

Clostridium Difficile Infection

  • Risk factor literature review
  • Compare antibiotic risk levels
  • IDSA treatment guidelines
  • Clinical trial data for therapeutics
  • Probiotics prophylaxis evidence review

Target Audience

Inpatient and outpatient pharmacists engaged in review of antimicrobial prescription orders. In particular, those pharmacists interested in obtaining further antimicrobial expertise to aid in the care of patients with infectious diseases through optimal antimicrobial drug choice, route, dose, and duration of use.


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