Beyond Statin Therapy: Making Sense of ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway - Home Study

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The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) 2013 guidelines on the management of cholesterol were developed based on well-designed clinical trials.  However, additional evidence from clinical trials are now available and newer drug therapies have been approved since creation of this guideline. Moreover, several experts advocate for more aggressive approaches that go beyond the recommendations from these 2013 guidelines. As a result, a committee was convened to provide “Expert Consensus Decision Pathway (ECDP).” The goal of ECDP was to develop clinical policy based on expert opinion to target specific patient groups that are not adequately addressed by the existing evidence. The ECDP complements the existing ACC/AHA 2013 guideline on the management of cholesterol. 


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the recommendations from the Expert Consensus Decision Pathway (ECDP).
  2. List alternative non-statin recommendations by the ECDP for the management of dyslipidemia.
  3. Describe statin intolerance and patient cases that warrant a change in statin therapy.


Accreditation Information 

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). The following online learning activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.10 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-16-139-H04-P.

Initial Release Date: October 5, 2016
Expiration Date: September 21, 2019

To claim 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit for this online learning activity entitled “Beyond Statin Therapy: Making Sense of ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway,” participants must complete the CPE assessment and evaluation questions.

Participants will need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. Credit will be awarded upon achieving a passing score of 70% or better. Please visit CPE Monitor for your transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this CPE examination. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the examination a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the test. The deadline to claim CPE credit for this online learning activity is September 21, 2019.



Beyond Statin Therapy: Making Sense of ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway is an online continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.



Joseph Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado



Joseph Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, please visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association. 


Activity Fee

This online learning activity is free to APhA members as an exclusive member benefit for 30 days after release. Thereafter, this home-study will also be accessible to non-members at a cost of $129.


System Requirements

Windows XP, Windows 2003 or Windows Vista
Display resolution of 800x600 or higher
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or later, Firefox 2.0 or later, or Google Chrome 1.0
For Firefox and Chrome, Silverlight 1.0 or later
Windows Media Player 9.0 or later
Broadband Internet connection (256 Kbps or more)
No network blocks or filters that disable streaming media

Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Safari 2.0.4 or later (or Firefox 2.0 or later) Silverlight 1.0
Broadband Internet connection (256 Kbps or more)
No network blocks or filters that disable streaming media.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-16-139-H04-P 0.1 CEUs September 21, 2016 - September 21, 2019
ACPE# 0202-0000-16-140-H04-P 0.05 CEUs October 05, 2016 - October 05, 2019