Decrypting Cryptococcal Meningitis

April 2, 2024

The purpose of this CE is to educate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and providers with information on recognition the signs and symptoms of cryptococcal meningitis. By providing the interdisciplinary team with information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases, our hope is the patients afflicted with cryptococcal meningitis will be provided with a timely diagnosis (i.e., not waiting for the Infectious Diseases consult team). Early diagnosis and treatment would allow affected patients to receive guideline directed treatment sooner providing a better quality of life, reducing medical spending for the patients, and alleviated the burden on health systems for extended work up periods and inpatient stays.

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of cryptococcal meningitis
  • Define the diagnostic tools and tests for cryptococcal meningitis
  • Evaluate the guideline recommend therapies for cryptococcal meningitis
  • Explain the importance of preventative measures with treatment of HIV with antiretroviral therapy


Pharmacy Technicians 

At the conclusion of this activity, pharmacy technicians should be able to:

  • Review preparation and storage of guideline recommended therapies
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/02/2024 - 10:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/02/2024 - 11:00am CDT


Natt Patimavirujh, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 
Ochsner Medical Center
Planning Committee

Natalie Tucker, PharmD, BCCCP
Critical Care Pharmacist
Ochsner Medical Center

Samuel Travis King, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Infectious Diseases Pharmacist 
Ochsner Medical Center

Samantha Gordon, MS 

CE Programs Manager              
Vizient, Inc.

Marilu Kelly, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CHCP
Director, Continuing Education       
Vizient, Inc.


As an accredited provider of continuing education, Vizient, Inc. is dedicated to ensuring this activity presents learners with only accurate, balanced, scientifically justified recommendations, and is free from promotion, marketing, and commercial bias. In accordance with The Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, all planners, faculty, and others in control of the educational content have disclosed the absence or existence of all financial relationships (of any dollar amount) with ineligible companies within the past 24 months.
Ineligible companies – those companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
It is Vizient’s policy that owners and employees of ineligible companies, and any individuals who refuse to disclose the absence or existence of financial relationships with any ineligible companies are disqualified from participating as planners or faculty.
Disclosure Statements
Absence of Relevant Financial Relationships
None of the planners, faculty, or others in a position to control content for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
Statement of Content Validity
Vizient, Inc. educational activities are intended to assist healthcare teams advance their professional responsibilities in accordance with the definition of continuing education. It is the policy of Vizient, Inc. to review and ensure that all content and recommendations for patient care within accredited CE is evidenced-based, based on current science and clinical reasoning while ensuring the content is fair and balanced. All recommendations must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Vizient, Inc. does not permit accredited continuing education if it advocates for unscientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, or if the education promotes recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.
FDA Off-Label Use
Faculty presenters are also expected to disclose any discussion of (1) off-label or investigational uses of FDA approved commercial products or devices or (2) products or devices not yet approved in the United States.
The education provided through this activity is for continuing education purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty/presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of Vizient, Inc.

Joint Providership Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Vizient, Inc. and Ochsner Medical Center. Vizient, Inc. 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.


Designation Statement(s)

Pharmacists (CPE)

Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hours for Pharmacists.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-24-030-L01-P
Pharmacy Technicians (CPE)
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hours for pharmacy technicians.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-24-030-L01-T
Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)
Vizient, Inc. will award all other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity a Certificate of Participation.  Various state license boards and credentialing bodies accept certificates of participation from accredited CE activities to meet CE requirements for license renewals and re-certification. It is the responsibility of the participant to contact their state licensing board and/or certifying body for verification on credit eligibility reciprocity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
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