The Herbal Factor: Understanding the Potential for Herb-Drug Interactions


Despite the prevalent use of herbal dietary supplements among patients, many health care providers are still unaware of the particularities of these products, including their drug interaction potential. Learn about herbal dietary supplements and how they might affect conventional medications when taken concurrently.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the prevalence of concomitant use of herbal dietary supplements and conventional medications by patients in the United States.  
  2. Discuss the ability of herbal dietary supplements to interact with conventional medications through pharmacodynamic and/or pharmacokinetic mechanisms.
  3. Cite examples of clinically relevant herb-drug interactions.
  4. Describe clinical evidence that commonly used botanical supplements can modulate the activities of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters.
Bill Gurley, PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Clinical Patient Care and Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Sunday, March 18
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Music City Center - Room 105B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-067-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
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