Clozapine is a medication that exhibits unique efficacy and effective for those with serious mental illness. However, the risks of using clozapine, the monitoring required for its use, issues facing prescribers who may wish to employ it, and a variety of administrative burdens have all proved to be barriers to its more widespread use. This presentation will discuss the barriers to the use of clozapine and recommendations of a national workgroup seeking to overcome these barriers.
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- Discuss the utility of clozapine in the treatment of serious mental disorders
- List barriers to the use of clozapine and discuss collaborative strategies to increase access and improve its utilization
- Explain new guidelines and requirements for clozapine monitoring in the US including the impact and recognition of Benign Ethnic Neutropenia
Nurse/Nurse Practitioner; Pharmacist; Psychiatrist; Physician (non-psychiatrist); Physician Assistant; Social Worker
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: April 25, 2019
Program End Date: April 25, 2020
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Deanna Kelly, PharmD, BCPP, University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Disclosure: Consultant- HLS Therapeutics, Alkermes, Lundbeck, Saladax.
- Raymond Love, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. Disclosure: Consultant- Maryland Medicaid Pharmacy Program; Grant/Research- National Institutes of Health, Maryland Department of Health; Honoraria - American Psychiatric Association, Nevada Psychiatric Association, American Pharmacists Association, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN. University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Alexander Young, MD, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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