A Window of Opportunity – Beta-Blocker Use in Decompensated Cirrhosis

February 22, 2023

The purpose of this activity is to equip pharmacists and pharmacist technicians with the latest updates in the literature regarding controversy in continued use of non-selective beta blockers in decompensated cirrhosis. Controversy began with the 2010 release of Serste et al. that displayed a 2-fold increase in mortality amongst patients with refractory ascites. This article sparked others to research use in varied populations to assess mortality benefit. By reviewing the literature, this presentation will summarize the use of non-selective beta-blockers in decompensated cirrhosis. 

Target Audience

This activity is intended for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

Learning Objectives

Pharmacists learning objectives

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

  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of non-selective beta blockers in patients with decompensated cirrhosis 
  • Determine an appropriate time to initiate non-selective beta blockers in patients with cirrhosis 
  • Identify an appropriate time to reduce or withdraw use of non-selective beta blockers in patients with advanced cirrhosis 

Pharmacy technician learning objectives

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

  • Identify brand/generic non-selective beta blockers appropriate for use in patients with cirrhosis 


Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 0.75 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 0.75 General CE - Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/22/2023 - 1:00pm CST
Event ends: 
02/22/2023 - 2:00pm CST
1504 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
United States


Audry Barrera, PharmD
PGY1/2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident and Fellow
Ochsner Medical Center

Planning committee

Britta Mizuki, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist
Ochsner Medical Center

Natalie Tucker, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Neurocritical Care 
Ochsner Health


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FDA off-label/unapproved usage

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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 Statements:


Vizient, Inc. designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 ACPE credit hours.

Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-23-018-L01-P

Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-23-018-L01-T


Vizient, Inc. will award all other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity a Certificate of Participation indicating the maximum credits available. 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

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