Darla Spears

Darla Spears

Darla Spears

PharmD, BCGP

Darla Spears, PharmD, is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

She received bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma and earned a PharmD from the University of Colorado. She has experience as a vending pharmacist in long-term care and an extensive background in clinical consulting in long-term care. She has worked as a clinical science liaison in respiratory and cardiovascular specialty with a focus on quality measures and outcome improvement. She worked as a medical science liaison in oncology. She enjoys improving outcomes for elders  and driving quality improvement in facilities.


1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Addressing the Expanding Use of Psychotropic Medications in Long-Term Care Settings

1. Recognize psychotropic medications and other medications that may share CMS psychotropic medication requirements 2. Describe CMS regulations regarding the use of psychotropic medications in the long-term care setting 3. Evaluate appropriate methods for monitoring psychotropic medications 4. Discuss the FDA approval for an antipsychotic medication for the treatment of agitation associated with dementia due to Alzheimer disease 5. Describe key elements of antipsychotic stewardship in long-term care settings

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