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Epilepsy: Pharmacists and a Public Health Imperative

25 March 2022

Epilepsy is a disorder that afflicts approximately 50 million people worldwide and the WHO has declared epilepsy as a public health imperative. Medications are the mainstay of treating epilepsy, so pharmacist have great role to play in improving the care of people with epilepsy. This Webinar will explore the findings of the recent WHO report on epilepsy, describe ways that pharmacists can be involved in caring for patients with epilepsy, consider advances in new medications, and discuss the challenges of access to medications for many people worldwide.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the main barriers to appropriate care of patients with epilepsy as described in the 2019 WHO report on epilepsy.
2. Describe ways that pharmacists can improve the care of patients with epilepsy.
3. Incorporate new antiseizure medications into treatment regimens for epilepsy.
4. Take steps to improve patient access to good quality seizure medications.

-Filipa Alves da Costa, ExCo member of the FIP Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section, Portugal

-Timothy Welty PharmD, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Drake University Des Moines, Iowa, USA
-McKenzie Grinalds, PharmD School of Pharmacy Cedarville University Cedarville, Ohio, USA
-Thanarat Suansanae PharmD, School of Pharmacy, Mahidol University Bangkok, Thailand
-Melody Ryan, Professor, University of Kentucky, USA