Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Illness: What the Pharmacist Needs to Know (Home Study)

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Pharmacists understand the definition of “gluten free” as it refers to food products and the effect of minimal exposure on gluten abstinent patients. They are able to advise them on ways to identify and eliminate further exposure when it occurs. This activity is targeted to all practicing pharmacists involved in dispensing, counseling, drug regimen review and medication therapy management of patients with celiac disease and/or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). It is also advised for pharmacists engaged in the education of pharmacists and other health professionals.  

One of the primary takeaways of this webinar is to improve pharmacists’ understanding of celiac disease and NCGS and to provide pharmacists with appropriate tools that they can use when counseling celiac and NCGS patients.  


Learning Objectives

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

  1. Outline the etiology, pathophysiology, and signs and symptoms of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and identify to whom a patient with suspected celiac disease or NCGS should be referred.  

  1. Discuss the challenges associated with gluten abstinence as treatment and assist the patient with managing their disease including knowing what patient support resources are available to individuals with celiac disease and NCGS.  

  1. Describe autoimmune complications associated with inadequately treated celiac disease.  

  1. Identify resources for determining gluten content and contamination risk of medical and nutritional products before dispensing to patients with celiac disease and NCGS.  

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.10 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-291-H01-P.

To obtain credit for Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Illness: What the Pharmacist Needs to Know (Home Study), watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

Initial release date: December 5, 2019
Expiration date: December 5, 2022


Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Illness: What the Pharmacist Needs to Know (Home Study) is an online continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association in conjunction with APhA’s Compounding Special Interest Group.


Carmela Silvestri, PharmD, CCP, FASCP, and APhA’s Government Affairs and 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 complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.


This activity is available to members only. There is no fee for member participation.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website and view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.