Herbal & Dietary Supplement Use in Clinical Practice: A Primer for Pharmacists


Program Details

  • Intended Audience:  Pharmacists interested in herbal and dietary supplements
  • Universal Activity Number: 0012-0000-22-022-H99-P
  • Contact Hours: 4.0 Consultant Recertification/General hours of ACPE continuing education for pharmacists
  • Program Fees:
    • Regular Registration: $65.00
    • UF Preceptor/Career Coach: $55.00
    • UF COP Faculty: $45.00
  • UAN Release Date: 07/11/2022
  • UAN Expiration Date: 07/11/2025
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • Program Support: No outside financial support was provided.
  • Format Type: This course is self-paced, fully online.
  • Time to Complete: All coursework must be completed within 24 weeks from the date of registration or before date of UAN expiration, 07/11/2025, whichever comes first. This course will no longer be eligible for CE credit after 07/11/2025.


To address this deficiency, the “Herbal & Dietary Supplement Use in Clinical Practice: A Primer for Pharmacists” course will introduce practicing pharmacists to basic definitions and procedures commonly associated with HDS. In particular, the course is intended to provide the legal framework for regulation of HDS, what potential quality indicators can be used to make informed recommendations for use, and adequate communication with patients to avoid or reduce the risk of drug interactions with concomitant HDS use.

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for 4.0 contact hours to meet requirements pursuant to CHAPTER 64B16-26, Florida Statutes, and Rule 64B16-26.300, Florida Administrative Code.


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At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the regulatory framework guiding current supplement labeling and manufacturing.
  • Apply patient-focused communication strategies to reduce drug interactions.
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate use of HDS to different patient populations.
  • Identify the limitations of HDS use as a part of complementary and integrative healthcare.
  • Define the terms GMP, DER, standardization, homeopathy, dietary & herbal supplement.
  • Identify HDS regulatory guidelines of clinical relevance.
  • Choose an HDS based on quality indicators.
  • Categorize clinical evidence for HDS effectiveness and potential for drug interactions.
  • Describe the limited uses of the top ten HDS, their proposed pharmacological effects, and potential drug interactions.
  • Select an adequate HDS approach to avoid drug interactions in patients on multiple medications.
  • Apply knowledge and principles taught in this program to patient cases in order to improve the safe use of HDS as part of complementary and integrative healthcare practice.

Program Overview

Lecture 1: The Basics of Supplement Evaluation in Clinical Care: Regulatory Framework and Definitions
Lecture 2: Polypharmacy and HDS use: How to address the drug interaction problem
Lecture 3: Herbal & Dietary Supplement use in Clinical Practice: Practice Cases

Requirements for Successful Course Completion

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must pass a final assessment with a score of 70% or higher. Two chances to pass the final assessment will be given. If a passing score is not earned by the second attempt, the participant must re-enroll in the course. Upon successful completion of all coursework, participants must complete a course evaluation form.

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Disclosure Statement

The following speakers, reviewers, and planning committee members have disclosed that he/she has no relevant financial disclosures. No other speaker, reviewer, or planning committee member in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Oliver Grundmann
Department: Entrepreneurial Programs in Medicinal Chemistry

Oliver Grundmann Ph.D.

Assistant Dean For Lifelong Learning And Clinical Professor

Additional Resources

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The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.