Misuse or abuse of prescription painkillers is a major national epidemic. At the same time, opioids are an appropriate option for many patients who suffer from chronic pain. Primary care clinicians are increasingly being challenged with managing these patients, but may lack a thorough understanding of opioids or the resources for their effective use while minimizing risks.
This activity is designed to provide nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) with an in-depth review of essential content that supports best practices for the safe and effective prescribing of extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids. The curriculum is based on the US Food and Drug Administration’s “Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics.”
Interactive case studies
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Assess patients for treatment with ER/LA opioid analgesics
- Evaluate and initiate opioid therapy
- Modify dose and discontinue use of ER/LA opioid analgesics
- Manage ongoing therapy with ER/LA opioid analgesics
- Counsel patients and caregivers about the safe use of ER/LA opioid analgesics, including proper storage and disposal
- Identify general and product-specific drug information concerning ER/LA opioid analgesics
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of NPs, PAs, and physicians involved in the care of patients on ER/LA opioid therapy.
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and DKBmed, LLC, and Practicing Clinicians Exchange. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Physician Continuing Medical Education
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 2.5 contact hours. Designated for 2.0 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see www.er-la-opioidREMS.com for a listing of the member companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP, have nothing to disclose.
The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Dr Michael Robert Clark
Consulting Fees: Collegium, Depomed, Endo
Ms Yvonne D’Arcy
Honoraria: Eaglet, Ortho-McNeil
The Planning Committee for this activity included Rachel Deerr, Lesley Simon, and Stan Pogroszewski of DKBmed, LLC. None of the aforementioned members of the Planning Committee have any significant relationships to disclose.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Read the content material in its entirety
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form online
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70%.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 2.50 hours.
Release date: March 31, 2018
Expiration date: March 30, 2019
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