Statins or NOT Statins for the Elderly?

A CPhA On-Demand Webinar

The ACC/AHA Blood Cholesterol Guidelines published in late 2013 represented a significant departure from previous recommendations on treatment of dyslipidemia. These guidelines emphasized identifying patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease and starting appropriately intensive statins to improve outcomes. Unfortunately, the ACC/AHA recommendations were quickly found to lack sufficient guidance to effectively manage patients once they were already on statin therapy. Specifically, the omission of established lipoprotein goals made individualization impossible, especially in elderly patients. To rectify this and other omissions, the National Lipid Association (NLA) developed comprehensive recommendations to bridge the gap. This presentation will compare and contrast the current cholesterol guidelines and evaluate the evidence supporting drug therapy recommendations to treat dyslipidemia in older adults.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast current cholesterol guidelines from ACC/AHA and NLA.
  • Select appropriate treatment goals for older adults with dyslipidemia.
  • Discuss the limitations and potential controversies with current drug therapy options for treatment of dyslipidemia in the older adult.
  • Evaluate the potential role of emerging and recently approved drug therapies as part of optimal therapeutic regimens for elderly patients.


  • Evan Sisson, Pharm.D, MSHA, CDE, FAADE, Associate Professor, VCU School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA

Continuing Pharmacy Education

The California Pharmacists Association (#0113) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon completing an evaluation form, participants will be awarded 1 hour (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit. A statement of credit will not be issued. Participants may log onto the CPE monitor website using their individual log in to download their statement of credit. Please allow 4 weeks for processing of CPE credits to the CPE monitor. UAN:  0113-0000-16-019-H04-P 0113-0000-16-019-L04-P

Activity Type:  Knowledge-based
Target Audience:  Pharmacists in all practice settings
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Expiration Date: April 19, 2019

What to Expect After Registration

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to participate in the webinar.

Registration Fees**
CPhA Member $49
Non-Member $99

**No cancellations or refunds will be issued once user login information has been sent. Unfortunately, due to the online format of this program we are unable to offer exceptions to this policy. It’s recommend that each registrant review the course content prior to submitting payment to ensure the content meets individual educational needs. User has 30 days to complete the on-demand program from registration. If you have questions regarding course content or cancellation policy please contact CPhA at (916) 779-4524.

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