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Improving Outcomes in Advanced NSCLC with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Pharmacist Implications

This educational activity is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) and supported by an educational grant Bristol-Myers Squibb.


Whitney E. Lewis, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Melvin J. Rivera, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX


Drs. Lewis and Rivera have no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program.

The clinical reviewer, Lisa Holle, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA has disclosed that she has served as a consultant for McGraw Hill Education and has received honoraria from HOPA and PharmCon.

Susanne Batesko, RN, BSN, Robin Soboti, RPh, and Susan R. Grady, MSN, RN-BC, as well as the planners, managers, and other individuals, not previously disclosed, who are in a position to control the content of Postgraduate Healthcare Education (PHE) continuing education (CE) activities hereby state that they have no relevant conflicts of interest and no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices during the past 12 months to disclose in relation to this activity. PHE is committed to providing participants with a quality learning experience and to improve clinical outcomes without promoting the financial interests of a proprietary business.


Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

UAN: 0430-0000-20-109-H01-P
Credits: 1.5 hour (0.15 ceu)

Type of Activity: Application
Media: Internet
Fee Information: There is no fee for this educational activity.
Estimated time to complete activity: 90 minutes


October 22, 2020


October 22, 2021


This accredited activity has been designed for oncology, managed care and specialty pharmacists.

How to Earn Credit

During the period October 22, 2020 to October 22, 2021 participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) view the educational activity; and 3) complete the posttest and evaluation form directly after the activity within a maximum of 60 days of participating in the activity. To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. Once completed, click on the Grade Exam button at the bottom of the page. Your posttest will automatically be graded. If you successfully complete the posttest (score of 70% or higher), your statement of participation will be made available immediately. Click on the View Statement of Participation link and print the statement for your records. If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the posttest. You will have 2 opportunities to pass the posttest. To receive Credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number. All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.


To provide oncology, managed care and specialty pharmacists with advanced knowledge of how to optimally manage adult patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) receiving immune-oncology (I-O) therapy, such that they can identify and recommend appropriate patient-specific treatments that are cost-effective, develop optimal toxicity prevention and management, and to improve patient outcomes.


Upon completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  • Discuss the standard-of-care options for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including immune-oncology (I-O) therapies
  • Examine the emerging data for I-O and I-O combination regimens in the treatment of advanced NSCLC
  • Identify appropriate prognostic and predictive biomarkers in the treatment of advanced NSCLC with I-O alone or in combination regimens
  • Demonstrate pharmacist-driven strategies to recognize and prevent or manage toxicities associated I-O or I-O combination therapies throughout the continuum of care

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC, or Novo Nordisk, Inc. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

The author, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of acceptance for publication. However, because information regarding drugs (their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to constant change, the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosages and potential problems and cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug. Special precautions should be taken when a drug is new, or highly toxic, or is unfamiliar to the dispenser or administrant. This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Neither the publisher nor sponsor promotes the use of any agent outside of approved labeling. Statements made in this activity have not been evaluated by the FDA.