Pharmacy Law- Pharmacist

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One of the most perplexing and troublesome issues a pharmacist can face is determining whether an opioid prescription is legitimately written for the treatment of pain management. When patients present multiple opioid prescriptions for very large quantities and very high dosages from the same prescriber or the same few prescribers, pharmacists are often at odds over what direction to take. Law and ethics converge to create a professional dilemma for pharmacists. On one hand, pharmacists have a legal responsibility to prevent the diversion of controlled substances. On the other hand, pharmacists have an ethical responsibility to ensure that legitimate pain patients receive the treatment they are legally and ethically entitled to. The illegal diversion and abuse of prescription opioids is increasing, but it should not mitigate the fact that pain patients are generally under-treated and deserve treatment. This issue guides pharmacists in determining the legitimacy of prescriptions. It reviews the positions that federal regulators and law enforcement authorities have taken on the use of opioids for pain and the current standards of practice for pain management. The Corresponding Responsibility Doctrine is explained in detail with examples of actual court cases involving pharmacists.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

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

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 428-0000-09-025-H03-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.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • 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.