Keep Up! COPD

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General Information

Keep Up! is an on-demand and interactive professional development program created with the busy pharmacist in mind. Keep Up! is ACPE accredited and designed to be completed in 30 minutes, with two to three short mini-lessons on timely topics relevant to pharmacists in all practice settings. This is the 10th module.

Activity Preview

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the world but is projected to become the 3rd leading cause in 2020 due to continued exposure to COPD risk factors and the aging of the population. Moreover, COPD is a leading cause of hospitalizations and increased antimicrobial use due to exacerbations. Pharmacotherapy can reduce COPD symptoms, reduce the frequency and severity of COPD exacerbations, and improve exercise tolerance. Recently published evidence suggests that most patients with COPD receive pharmacotherapeutic regimens that are less than optimal and/or use them in a less than optimal manner. Pharmacists are in a unique position to advise patients regarding available treatment options and how to use inhalers and other medications in an appropriate manner. Pharmacists can also ensure patients with COPD receive appropriate immunizations and, for those who smoke, to assist to become smoke-free.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Classify a patient into a GOLD category based on symptoms and exacerbation history.
  • Select an initial treatment plan for COPD based on the patient’s GOLD category.
  • Identify patients for whom escalating therapy to include ICS would be appropriate.
  • List risk factors that increase the likelihood of a patient experiencing adverse effects associated with long-term ICS use and when de-escalation of ICS would be appropriate

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
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 online activity is approved for 0.5 contact hour(s) of CPE credit (0.5 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-360-H01-P

To obtain credit for completing Keep Up! Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), complete the learning activity, 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. 

Initial release date: December 20, 2020
Expiration date: December 20, 2023  - No credit can be claimed after this date


Keep Up! Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the University of Mississippi in partnership with the American Pharmacists Association. The executive producer for this online activity is Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP.  © 2020, University of Mississippi and American Pharmacists Association


Sharya Bourdet, PharmD, BCPS, Nisha Lyer, PharmD and Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., 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, 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 module is $12.00 for APhA members and $15.00 for non-members.

Special Member Pricing: Get the first 6 modules of the Keep Up! Series for only $36.00, or $12.00 à la carte 

Non-Member Pricing: Get the first 6 modules of the Keep Up! Series for $45.00, or $15.00 à la carte

System Requirements

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

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-360-H01-P 0.05 CEUs December 20, 2020 - December 20, 2023