Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Lecture Hall 170
222 Richmond St., Providence, RI

STATEMENT OF NEED
Chronic pain is a major public health problem in the United States and has
been estimated to affect up to a third of Americans. However, after a decade of standard setting and research on pain control, health care practitioner assessment and management of patient pain continues to be inadequate. Evidence-based guidelines emphasize thorough patient assessment, prompt recognition of patient pain, frequent monitoring, multimodal analgesic therapies, and patient input; yet, there are persistent gaps in clinicians’ knowledge and practice around key areas of chronic pain management. Additionally, rates of misuse and abuse of nonprescription medications have not abated over the past decade, resulting in addiction, drug poisoning, and overdose death. Despite these concerns, appropriate use of opioids can improve a patient’s quality of life. Thus, education on best practices for opioid safe use is critical for all clinicians managing patients with chronic pain.

TARGET AUDIENCE
This activity is intended for health care professionals who prescribe ER/LA opioids.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Appropriately assess patients for the treatment of pain with ER/LA opioid analgesics, including analyzing risks versus potential benefits
  • Assess patient’s risk of abuse, including substance use and psychiatric history
  • Identify state and federal regulations on opioid prescribing
  • Incorporate strategies to effectively initiate therapy, modify dosing or discontinue use of ER/LA opioid analgesics in patients with pain
  • Manage ongoing therapy with ER/LA opioid analgesics
  • Incorporate effective counseling for patients and caregivers about the safe use of ER/LA opioid analgesics
  • Discuss general and product-specific drug information related to ER/LA opioid analgesics

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT ACKNOWLEDGMENT
This activity is supported by an educational grant from The REMS Companies.

SPEAKERS
Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Health Services, Policy & Practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Rhode Island Hospital | Providence, RI

Matthew J. Smith, MD, FAAPM&R
Founding President | RI Pain Society
Chair, East Greenwich Spine & Sports, Inc. | East Greenwich, RI

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the
Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association Council on
Continuing Medical Education through the sponsorship of The University
of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education, The France
Foundation, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the FSMB Foundation and the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION
Physicians: The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for
Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Osteopathic Association Council on Continuing Medical
Education, through its accredited CME sponsor, the American Osteopathic
Association of Medical Informatics, has designated this live activity for a
maximum of 3 AOA Category 2B credits. Physicians should claim only the
credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Nurses who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center (ANCC) may utilize activities that are certified by ACCME-accredited providers toward their requirement for certification renewal by the ANCC. A certificate of attendance will be provided by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education, an ACCME-accredited provider.

REGISTER ONLINE
FEE: $25.00
This fee includes: parking and refreshments

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