Pharmacy Technician: Best Practices for Prescribing Opioids in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

15.00
Online
Elective
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Learning objectives 
After completing this course, the leaner should be able to:
  • Describe how to assess patients for the appropriateness of treatment with opioid analgesics.
  • Explain how to start opiate therapy, change dosages, and discontinue treatment with opioid analgesics.
  • Recognize the types of written agreements that can be used to initiate and monitor therapy with opioid analgesics.
  • Describe how to monitor patients on opiate therapy, including high risk patients and those showing signs of abuse.
  • Explain the side effects associated with opiate treatment, including management of side effects.
  • Discuss switching between opiates and variables that may influence opioid rotation.
  • Describe the important points that must be conveyed to the patient during patient consultation.
  • Explain general and product-specific information related to the prescribing of extended-release/long-acting opiates.

About the Author:
Katie Ingersoll-Blair, Pharm.D., R.Ph. is a community pharmacist, consultant and freelance writer who specializes in pharmacy education. She has performed freelance work writing and editing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams, as well as has written and revised continuing education programs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. She has also written for Natural Standard, summarizing research studies on dietary supplements, and working on the company blog.  Dr. Ingersoll-Blair graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.


Best Practices for Prescribing Opioids in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

15.00
Learning objectives 
After completing this course, the leaner should be able to:
  • Describe how to assess patients for the appropriateness of treatment with opioid analgesics.
  • Explain how to start opiate therapy, change dosages, and discontinue treatment with opioid analgesics.
  • Recognize the types of written agreements that can be used to initiate and monitor therapy with opioid analgesics.
  • Describe how to monitor patients on opiate therapy, including high risk patients and those showing signs of abuse.
  • Explain the side effects associated with opiate treatment, including management of side effects.
  • Discuss switching between opiates and variables that may influence opioid rotation.
  • Describe the important points that must be conveyed to the patient during patient consultation.
  • Explain general and product-specific information related to the prescribing of extended-release/long-acting opiates.

About the Author:
Katie Ingersoll-Blair, Pharm.D., R.Ph. is a community pharmacist, consultant and freelance writer who specializes in pharmacy education. She has performed freelance work writing and editing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams, as well as has written and revised continuing education programs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. She has also written for Natural Standard, summarizing research studies on dietary supplements, and working on the company blog.  Dr. Ingersoll-Blair graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.