Dietary Supplements: Helping Patients Make the Right Choice

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As dietary supplements gain popularity—and trends change rapidly—it can be difficult to know what’s appropriate for each patient. But as the most accessible health care providers in communities, pharmacists can educate patients about the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements and screen for potential drug interactions, contraindications, and therapeutic duplication. This session covers important items to discuss—and what to consider—when recommending dietary supplements for patients.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the safety of select trendy dietary supplements.
  2. Discuss the efficacy of select trendy dietary supplements.
  3. Apply findings of recent literature to evaluate a patient’s candidacy for self-care when selecting appropriate dietary supplements.

Activity type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 1.5 contact hours of CPE credit (0.15 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-025-H01-P/T

To obtain credit for completing Dietary Supplements: Helping Patients Make the Right Choice  participants will need to watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.    

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment 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 assessment.

Initial release date: April 1, 2020
Expiration date: March 21, 2023


Dietary Supplements: Helping Patients Make the Right Choice is an activity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association


Cortney Mospan, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP and Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, 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, visit the APhA website at

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


This learning product is a component of the APhA2020 Virtual Education package.

System Requirements

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

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-025-H01-P 0.15 CEUs March 21, 2020 - March 21, 2023
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-025-H01-T 0.15 CEUs March 21, 2020 - March 21, 2023