ADEs: Diabetes Agents

Preventing Adverse Drug Events: Individualizing Glycemic Targets Using Health Literacy Strategies is an eLearning course that teaches health care providers how to reduce hypoglycemic adverse drug events (ADEs) in patients with diabetes.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the national burden of adverse drug events (ADEs).
  2. Define hypoglycemia.
  3. Identify the individual risk factors, hypoglycemic agents, and medication interactions that place individuals with diabetes at higher risk for hypoglycemic ADEs.
  4. Describe the importance of setting target glycemic goals based on individual factors.
  5. Apply evidence-based guidelines for diabetes management, focusing on setting individualized glycemic targets with patients to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia episodes.
  6. Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand and act on information to prevent ADEs.

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What You Need to View This Course

To view this course, you will need:

  • Web browser (like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox)
  • Speakers or headphones for audio

How to Obtain Free Continuing Education

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer free continuing education for this eLearning course. You will need to complete a brief post-test (passing score=70%) and evaluation within two years of the course launch date to receive your continuing education or certificate of completion.

To obtain continuing education for this eLearning course, please follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online at If you have not already registered as a participant, click on New Participant to create a user ID and password. If you have registered, click on Participant Login and login.
  2. Once logged in to the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online website, you will be on the Participant Services Click on Search and Register.
  3. Search by course date, keyword, or course number to find this course:
    • Course ID: WB2431
    • Date: September 2014
    • Keywords: Diabetes, hypoglycemia, health literacy, medication safety, adverse drug events (ADEs)
  4. Find the course and click on View. The course information page will come up. Scroll down to Register Here.
  5. Click on the type of continuing education you would like to receive.
  6. Choose the type of continuing education you would like to receive and click Submit. Three demographic questions will come up. Complete the questions and then click Submit. You are now registered for the course.
  7. From the participant services page, you can access the evaluation. Once you’ve completed the evaluation, click Submit.
  8. You will then be redirected to the post-test. Once you’ve completed the post-test, click Submit. The minimum score to pass is 70%. If you do not pass the first time, you can re-take the post-test one time.
  9. Click on Transcript and Certificate to see a record of your course completion and your continuing education certificate.

Accreditation Statements

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.3 contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

CPE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 1 Contact Hours in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-16-214-H05-P.

Category: This activity has been designated as Application-Based.

Once credit is claimed, an unofficial statement of credit is immediately available on TCEOnline. Official credit will be uploaded within 60 days on the NABP/CPE Monitor.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 2 CPH recertification credits for this program.

CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance please contact NBPHE at


Reference in this training to any specific commercial product, process, service, manufacturer, company, organization, or trademark does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This training does not endorse specific commercial products or services.

While the information provided here was up to date at the time of publication, it may not reflect the most recent developments relating to diabetes agents. The information provided here should be used solely for training purposes. Providers should reference other drug information sources before making clinical decisions.


In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

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