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CME: Taking the ‘pep’ out of H. pylori infection: updates in practice and treatment optimization

Activity Description / Statement of Need:

In this online, self-learning activity:

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is one of the most common infections in the world, affecting approximately 50% of the world’s population and 36% of the U.S. population, with a higher prevalence in Blacks, Hispanics, and those of lower socioeconomic status. Most patients are asymptomatic, but H. pylori is the major cause of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease, and it is a risk factor for duodenal ulcers and gastric cancer. H. pylori may be diagnosed by endoscopy or noninvasive testing, including urea breath testing, stool antigen assay, or H. pylori serology.

Target Audience:

HCPs including: gastroenterologists and primary care providers; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists specializing in gastroenterology; and any other HCPs involved or interested in the treatment of H. pylori infection.  

Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Phathom Pharmaceuticals.

This activity is free of charge.

Release Date: August 20, 2023 -- Expiration Date: August 20, 2025

Faculty: Anisa Shaker, MD


Faculty introduction and disclosures 

Introductory content and review of H. pylori infection 

  • Epidemiology 
  • Diagnostic methods 
  • Complications and health burden

Management of H. pylori infection 

  • Factors impacting therapeutic decision-making
  • The literature-supported options guideline-recommended roles of treatment options 
    • Bismuth quadruple therapy 
    • Clarithromycin-based therapy and its variations 
    • Levofloxacin-based therapy 
    • Review of newer regimens and their roles 
    • Approaches to salvage therapy 
  • Post-treatment testing to confirm infection eradication for successful management of H. pylori 
  • Challenges to successful H. pylori treatment and optimal outcomes: antibiotic resistance, tolerability, treatment duration, and appropriate follow-up 
  • Best practice: putting it all together 
  • Patient case(s) 

Summary, conclusions, and best practice recap 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Recall challenges in the management of H. pylori infection, including testing, treatment, and healthcare burden.
  • Describe the ways in which prior antibiotic exposures and antimicrobial resistance impact H. pylori treatment decision-making.
  • Identify the pharmacotherapeutic treatment options for H. pylori infection.
  • Formulate a treatment plan for a patient with H. pylori infection.


ACCME Activity #202546863

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through ScientiaCME. ScientiaCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: ScientiaCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ABIM MOC Recognition Statement: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

ABIM MOC Credit Type: Medical Knowledge

Physicians: For maintenance of certification (MOC) points, you must enter your board certification ID # and birth date correctly.  It is the learner's responsibility to provide this information completely and accurately at the completion of the activity. Without providing it, the learner will NOT receive MOC points for this activity. By providing this data, you acknowledge that it will be shared with ACCME and the applicable certifying board. Please note: Not all activities on this site provide MOC points. If this activity does not specify that it provides MOC points in this section, then it does NOT provide MOC points. This activity provides MOC points only for ABIM.


ScientiaCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. Proof of participation will be posted to your NABP CPE profile within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the post-test. Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit. ACPE #0574-0000-23-029-H01-P. This is an Application (A)-type activity. 

PharmacistsYou must enter your NABP # and birth date correctly so that proof of participation can be posted to your NABP CPE profile. It is the learner's responsibility to provide this information completely and accurately at the completion of the activity. Without providing it, the learner will NOT receive CPE credit for this activity.

Nurses: The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. This activity is designated for up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ assigned by organizations accredited by the ACCME as satisfying Category 1 CME for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) national certification maintenance. This activity is designated for up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) states that continuing education providers accredited by the ACCME may provide acceptable, accredited Advanced Practice Provider content. This activity is designated for up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Faculty Disclosure and Resolution of COI

As a provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and educational planners must disclose any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, and any relationships with the commercial supporter of the activity. The intent of this disclosure is to provide the intended audience with information on which they can make their own judgments. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. For this CME activity, any COI has been resolved thru content review by ScientiaCME.

Disclosures of Faculty: Anisa Shaker, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, Keck School of Medicine of USC, has no relevant financial disclosures.

Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, President of ScientiaCME, has no relevant financial disclosures.

Faculty WILL NOT discuss off-label uses of a commercial product.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

ScientiaCME adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers or others are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Phathom Pharmaceuticals.


  • Read the learning objectives above
  • Take the Pre-Test (optional). Completion of the pre-test will help us evaluate the knowledge gained by participating in this CME activity.
  • View the online activity. You may view this is in more than one session, and may pause or repeat any portion of the presentation if you need to.
  • Minimum participation threshold: Take the post-test. A score of 70% or higher is required to pass and proceed to the activity evaluation.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and CME registration. A CE certificate will be emailed to you immediately.

Cultural/Linguistic Competence & Health Disparities

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Please take a few minutes to participate in the optional pre-test. It will help us measure the knowledge gained by participating in this activity.

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