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Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor Biosimilars: An Update for Frontline Oncology Practitioners (Virtual Town Hall Archive)

This educational activity is jointly accredited by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and Postgraduate Healthcare Education (PHE).

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.


Sandra Cuellar, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy
Clinical Oncology Pharmacists, Ambulatory Pharmacy
UI Health
Chicago, IL

Kristi Kay Orbaugh, MSN, RN, NP, AOCN
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Community Hospital Oncology Physicians
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Cuellar has disclosed that she has served as a consultant for Coherus Biosciences and Pfizer, Inc.

Ms. Orbaugh has disclosed that she has served on the Speaker’s Bureau for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Coherus Biosciences, Dova, Immunomedics, Lilly, Morphos, Pfizer, Inc. and Rigel.

The clinical reviewer, Megan May, PharmD, BCOP has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program.

Susanne Batesko, RN, BSN, Robin Soboti, RPh, and Susan R. Grady, MSN, RN, 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.

The PIM planners and managers have nothing to disclose.


Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-9999-21-003-H01-P
1.25 hour (0.125 ceu)

Type of Activity: Application
Fee Information: There is no fee for this educational activity.
Estimated time to complete activity: 75 minutes

Joint Accreditation Statement

Joint AccreditationIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Postgraduate Healthcare Education. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.25 contact hours. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.


February 26, 2021


February 26, 2022


This accredited activity has been designed for oncology pharmacists, nurse practitioners and nurses.

How to Earn Credit

During the period February 26, 2021 to February 26, 2022 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.

Method of Participation and Request for Credit (nurses)

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period February 26, 2021 to February 26, 2022, participants, must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.

If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the post-test and evaluation on www.cmeuniversity.com. On the navigation menu, click on “Find Post-test/Evaluation by Course” and search by course ID 15986. Upon registering and successfully completing the post-test with a score of 75% or better and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately. 


The goal of this educational initiative is to provide oncology pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and nurses with advanced knowledge of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) biosimilars for supportive care treatment, including the issues and challenges of incorporating them into practice and during the COVID-19 era. Thus, better enabling them to guide their healthcare system in incorporating G-CSF biosimilars into treatment plans, guidelines, and formulary/pathways, consult with their healthcare provider colleagues and provide education to patients to empower them to successfully take part in the shared decision-making process involving G-CSF biosimilar therapies.


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

  • Discuss the current data supporting short- and long-acting granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) use in prevention of febrile neutropenia and during the COVID-19 era
  • Formulate practical approaches to incorporating G-CSF biosimilars into healthcare system formularies and/or clinical pathways
  • Recognize the need for educational interventions that will improve healthcare providers’ understanding of G-CSF biosimilars use in cancer supportive care

» Slide Handout (PDF) | » Patient Handout (PDF)


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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, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, or Pfizer, 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.