Elliot Hersh, DMD, MS, PhD

"Adverse Drug Interactions In Dentistry: What Every Dentist Should Know"

Elliot V. Hersh, DMD, MS, PhD   Hersh

CE credit hours: 1.5

Dentists frequently prescribe medications to patients with a myriad of diseases or complex medical drug histories. This presentation will discuss serious drug interactions well supported by the literature that can impact daily dental practice and also provide information to help recognize and avoid adverse drug interaction outcomes.

Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

• Identify drugs commonly prescribed by dentists that will increase the risk of lithium toxicity
• Describe the potential adverse events that may occur from administering local anesthetics with epinephrine in patients with hypertension and migraine
• Identify those antimicrobials associated with the risk of adverse bleeding episodes in patients taking warfarin

ELLIOT V. HERSH, DMD, MS, PHD is a Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania. He runs an active research program in developing and carrying out clinical protocols. His analgesic research team was instrumental in the granting of FDA approval to a number of analgesic and anesthetic agents such as ibuprofen liquigels (Advil Liquigels), OTC ketoprofen (Orudis KT), extended-release etodolac (Lodine XL), 4% articaine with 1:200,000 epinephrine (Septocaine 1:200,000) the transoral lidocaine patch (Dentipatch), and most recently phentolamine mesylate (OraVerse) for the reversal of soft tissue sensory and functional deficits induced by commonly employed local anesthetic solutions. His studies of analgesic agents have been published in peer review journals such as the Journal of the American Dental Association, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, Clinical Therapeutics, Current Medical Research and Opinions and The Journal of Clinical Dentistry.  Dr. Hersh has received the Basic Science Teaching Award sixteen times at Penn Dental Medicine, the distinquished Scientist Award in Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology (IADR, 2007) and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania.