Do It for the Kids: Off-Label and Specialty Medication Management in Pediatrics


The complex needs of pediatric patients often require off-label use of products. Moreover, the specialty medications that treat childhood diseases are difficult to manage, with specific dosing and monitoring regimens, payer coverage confusion, and more. As frequent frontline responders in addressing these challenges, pharmacists must know the basics and best practices of off-label use and specialty medication management. Get familiar using real patient cases on various conditions, including severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss conditions in which off-label medication use is common in children and may require additional medication management by pharmacists.
  2. List key considerations when determining dose and monitoring for off-label medication use in pediatric patients.
  3. Determine when off-label medication use is appropriate in a given pediatric patient.
  4. Identify key evidence regarding specialty medication use in select pediatric chronic conditions.
  5. Apply fundamental concepts of pediatric pharmacotherapy in the selection and monitoring of off-label drug therapy for special conditions.
Robert Kuhn, PHARMD
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Hanna Phan, PharmD, FCCP
Associate Professor
The University of Arizona
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Clinical Patient Care and Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Monday, March 19
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Music City Center - Room 104A-B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-060-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
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