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Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE, BC-ADM

Nov 2, 2012

Professor Shane-McWhorter, an expert in nutrition and diabetes, gives us a quick overview of the current use of supplements in the U.S. She emphasizes, however, that it is absolutely vital that patients keep their physicians informed of any supplements they are either beginning or ending. Many patients believe that because a supplement is “natural” it’s pharmacologic interactions with prescription medications are all benign when in fact, this is far from true….

More videos with Professor Shane-McWhorter:

Which Supplements Are Good?
Why Fiber Is Important
The Benefits of Fiber
How to Determine Safety and Reliability of Supplements

Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE, BC-ADM, is currently a professor (clinical) at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacotherapy. Her educational background includes: Residency, Salt Lake City ASHP Post-Doctoral Residency VA Medical Center in Geriatric Pharmacy; University of Utah, Doctor of Pharmacy; Residency in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Utah, Health Sciences Center; University of Utah, Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy; East Texas State University, Master of Science, Biology/Chemistry; and University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Chemistry.

Her clinical practice involves provision of pharmacotherapy consult services to health care providers at primary care clinics with specific areas including diabetes care, hypertension and hyperlipidemia, and psychiatric medicines. Her patient care services include providing education both in English and Spanish to underserved patients at Community Health Centers. Professor Shane-McWhorter’s research interests include diabetes education and provision of diabetes services by pharmacists and further areas of interest include prescribing practices by different health care providers as well as use of conventional and complementary therapies by patients.

She is also the author of the American Diabetes Association’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Supplement Use in People with Diabetes: A Clinician’s Guide, and the American Diabetes Association Guide to Herbs and Nutritional Supplements: What You Need to Know from Aloe to Zinc.