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Antidepressant Medication Use in Hospice – Chasing the Blues or Something Else?

Depression and mood disorders occur in 25% of terminally ill patients. A recent study suggests up to 30% of all prescriptions written for antidepressant medications are not prescribed to treat depression. This presentation will examine the many reasons why we may use antidepressants in hospice and palliative care. A case study will be presented and discussed.

Webinar Objectives:

-Describe the pharmacology and classifications of antidepressant medications
-Discuss the indications for use, both FDA-labeled and non-FDA-labeled
-Recognize safety considerations of using antidepressant medications in hospice and palliative care patients.

Jan 20, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Hennie Garza
VP of Clinical Innovation @Hospice Pharmacy Solutions
Hennie currently holds the position of Vice President of Clinical Innovation for Hospice Pharmacy Solutions, a clinical and education-focused pharmacy benefit manager providing 24-7 consultative services and medication reviews in addition to coordinating pharmacy services for hospice agencies across the United States. A fun fact about Hennie is that she has experience working with Western Diamondback rattlesnake venom through the Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University in her hometown of Kingsville, Texas.