Student Case Competition Goal and Opportunity
Each year, DIA will issue one or more specific challenges to which students are invited to respond. The competition will be judged by a committee of DIA Fellows, who include our most experienced and engaged members that encompass a broad range of expertise.

2023 Case Competition and Prompt


Social media has been one of the most popular channels to share one’s opinion and communicate thoughts, beliefs, and facts about a certain practice or product. The increased use of social media has generated a significant amount of misleading and false information. For years, the FDA has been battling misinformation, and thus, it has become one of the most important FDA priorities as misinformation could lead to individual and public harm.


You are a pharmacist working in a retail pharmacy setting. You notice a shortage of GLP-1 agonists, a class of medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. You also notice an increased volume of GLP-1 agonist prescriptions especially among young female patients. You plan to discuss with your pharmacy team to further investigate this trend. After discussing with your pharmacy team, you become aware of the following articles: article 1, article 2, and article 3. You realize that patients have been using GLP-1 agonists for weight loss after seeing a trend on social media.


Prepare a 15-minute presentation to discuss the following:
  1. Provide specific communication to patients using plain language to:
    • Educate them on GLP-1 agonists: mechanism of action, indication, dose, side effects
    • Address the social media trend leading to the misuse of GLP-1 agonists
  2. Provide specific communication to prescribers to:
    • Encourage effective prescribing of GLP-1 agonists
    • Discuss when it is, and it is not appropriate to prescribe GLP-1 agonists for weight loss
  3. Provide creative solutions for combating misinformation on GLP-1 agonists


Send completed proposals no later than March 31st, 2023, to [email protected]. Incomplete proposals will not be evaluated.


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DIA 2023 Student Case Competition Registration Form