BIG Change to the Real Life Pharmacology Podcast! Asthma Pharmacology Q&A With Clinical Pharmacist and Expert Beth Zerr, PharmD, BCACP

I’m so excited to try something different today and interview one of my great friends! Beth Zerr, PharmD, BCACP was able to share some wisdom on one of the topic areas that she teaches to not only patients but pharmacy students. We cover asthma pharmacology and more specifically, some of the things that she encounters when working with patients.

Link to the Asthma Pharmacology Podcast Episode

She has an extensive clinical background and has been working in ambulatory care for over a decade! Here are some of the questions we tackled in this episode on asthma pharmacology and management!

  1. What are the most common questions from patients (and how do you address them or discuss them with patients)? 
  2. What are the most common mistakes that patients make when using inhalers/asthma medications?
  3. Common mistake(s) made by new practitioners/pharmacists?
  4. Challenging trends in insurance/coverage issues that have been a problem recently?
  5. Most important drug interactions we should pay attention to with asthma medications?
  6. Most common/important adverse effects of ICS, beta-agonist therapy?
  7. What’s new in guidelines, medications, and practice changing updates in the last 2-4 years?
  8. Are you using/seeing PRN budesonide-formoterol versus just albuterol PRN as per GINA update?
  9. Any inhaler devices/medications that you prefer over others (i.e. ease of use etc.)?

I’d also love any feedback on this format of the Real LIfe Pharmacology podcast. Do you like this new format with me interviewing experts in their fields? Or do you prefer a drug-of-the-day format? What other topic areas would you like discussed?

I’m anticipating doing 1-2 of these per month to try to give you something new and fresh. The old episodes are always available on the website!

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Written By Eric Christianson

September 24, 2023

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