Patients and Dietary Supplements: Your Critical Role


Plenty of patients choose to get their vitamins from supplements instead of their diet. As the most accessible health care providers in communities, pharmacists can remind patients to take only the recommended dosage of vitamins C and D, and screen patients for potential drug interactions, contraindications, and therapeutic duplications. This session covers vitamin products as well as the role community pharmacists can play in preventing duplication and overdose when counseling patients about supplements.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Apply findings of recent literature to the decision-making process for evaluating patients’ candidacy for self-care and selecting appropriate supplements.
  2. Develop a plan to educate patients to avoid therapeutic duplication when using supplements.
  3. Identify behaviors that may be indicative of the misuse of supplements and develop a strategy to intervene with patients who exhibit these behaviors.
  4. Discuss ways to provide guidance to patients for safe supplement selection and nonpharmacologic interventions for patients with various conditions.
Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy
Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP
Pharmacy Clinical Services Coordinator
Balls Food Stores
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services, Community-Based Pharmacy Practice
Session Time Slot(s): 
Friday, March 22
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Washington State Convention Center - Room 606-607
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-19-018-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .15
Activity Type: