Opioid Therapy, Prescription Validation, and Counseling for Florida Pharmacists

  Price  $10.00

  Credits  2



Opioid therapy is indicated for acute pain and cancer-related pain; however, it is also often used in chronic non-cancer pain management once non-pharmacologic and non-opioid therapies have failed. When opioid therapy is warranted, careful consideration should be given when selecting the most appropriate agent. This issue focuses on similarities and differences among opioid medications, along with common adverse effects, monitoring parameters, and risk mitigation strategies that pharmacists can provide to improve safety. Federal and Florida pharmacy practice laws are discussed in relation to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances, determining the validity and therapeutic appropriateness of controlled substance prescriptions, and the use of risk mitigation techniques to assure the safe use of opioid therapy.



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Course Information

Target Audience



Hanna Hollingsworth
PharmD, BCPS
Amanda M. Mullins
PharmD, BCPS
Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives



  • Describe how to assess controlled substance prescriptions for legitimate medical purpose and therapeutic appropriateness/value to ensure access to controlled substances for patients with a valid prescription
  • Describe how to best utilize a prescription drug monitoring program database
  • List common red flags of controlled substance drug diversion and how to ensure patients have access to controlled substances
  • Identify Florida pharmacy practice laws regarding the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances
  • Recall instructions for patient storage and disposal of controlled substances
  • Recognize the importance of drug utilization review for controlled substances and how to address any problems identified such as drug-drug interactions, side effects, or problems with doses
  • Identify patients who would benefit most from co-prescribed naloxone and the laws regarding prescribing, dispensing, and standing orders in Florida
  • Recognize key counseling points when dispensing controlled substance prescriptions for opioids
  • Identify appropriate resources for treatment for opioid dependence, addiction, misuse, or abuse
  • Recall available risk screening and mitigation tools for opioid therapy
  • Recognize similarities and differences among opioid medications

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0798-0000-22-285-H08-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at www.RxConsultant.com with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.