Red Alert: Drug-Induced Kidney and Liver Injury - CMEZ60282

Red Alert: Drug-Induced Kidney and Liver Injury

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.3 / 3 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (2.00 Credits)
Physician (2.00 Credits)

Price: $24.00
CE-PRO Price: $12.00


Drug-induced kidney and liver injury is a major problem throughout the world. Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs are involved in the pathogenesis of kidney and liver toxicity, including antibiotics, acetaminophen (Tylenol), NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen), and ACE inhibitors. The frequency at which these medications are prescribed means that kidney and liver toxicities are quite common. To further compound this issue, many agents that cause kidney or liver toxicity are available over the counter. Therefore, it is imperative that nurses, physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists are aware of which agents commonly cause kidney or liver injury, symptoms that may indicate toxicity, abnormalities in lab values that indicate kidney or liver injury, and potential preventive measures.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants with an in-depth understanding of common drugs and other agents that are nephrotoxic or hepatotoxic, while providing them with the tools needed to perform their roles as members of the healthcare team working collaboratively to prevent and manage cases of kidney and liver toxicity. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe each healthcare professional’s role in the prevention and management of kidney and liver toxicity
  • Identify drugs and supplements that commonly cause kidney and liver toxicity
  • Describe the pathogenesis for drug-induced kidney and liver injury
  • State abnormalities in lab results that may indicate kidney and liver toxicity
  • Discuss prophylactic strategies to prevent kidney or liver injury

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, ARNPs/APRNs, nurses, and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 2 contact hours
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/20/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/20/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/20/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jennifer T - Mission Viejo, CA  ·  Aug 22, 2019
Seems more physician or pharmacist appropriate due to needing to know pathophysio down to the molecular level. Very challenging exam. The reading materials did NOT support the level of knowledge needed to pass this exam. I had to use other resources.
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Price: $24.00
CE-PRO Price: $12.00