This edition provides education on the Safe Prescribing of Benzodiazepine and stimulant medications, the role of Prescription monitoring programs in healthcare, and an overview of DEA and the controlled substances act.
Required for all South Carolina Licensed Physicians (7-1-2015 – 6-30-2017 Biennial Period)
The CME course will provide education on the role of prescription monitoring programs in healthcare; skills associated with safe prescribing of opioids; providing specific information on benzodiazepines and stimulant medications, including a review of the indications, benefits, risks, and clinical issues to consider when prescribing these medications; as well as the legal and regulatory issues for opioids. This course will provide an outline for practical steps physicians can take when screening patients for substance use risk factors and identifying when patients may be abusing their medications before prescribing opioid medications.
Approved: May 12, 2016
Released: July 1, 2016
At the end of this session, each attendee should be able to:
• List information included in a SCRIPTS report.
• Explain how SCRIPTS reports can be used to enhance patient care.
• Identify recent legislative changes to the Prescription Monitoring Act.
• Summarize exceptions to controlled substances included in SCRIPTS.
• Know the registrant’s role in protecting one’s DEA registration and business.
• Become familiar with the regulations that guide the accountability of controlled substances.
• Recognize the signs of impairment of patients and health care professionals.
• Recognize the various methods of diversion used to illegally obtain controlled substances.
• Discuss the reasons people seek prescription drugs
• Convey four or more side effects of stimulant medications to colleagues and patients.
• Assess for multiple prescribers for benzodiazepine and stimulants using the South Carolina Reporting and Identification Prescription Tracking System (SCRIPTS).
• List four medication interactions that increase the toxicity of benzodiapines.
• Restate four factors related to the reinforcing properties of prescription medications and be able to appraise the relative risks of abuse among different stimulants and benzodiazepines.
This program is designed for all licensed South Carolina Physicians
Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
Christie J. Frick, RPh has No Relevant financial relationships
Connie Overton has No Relevant financial relationships
Kelly S. Barth, DO has No Relevant financial relationships
Clint Ross, PharmD has No Relevant financial relationships
Robert Malcolm, MD has No Relevant financial relationships
None of the planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Commercial Support Disclosure:
There was no commercial support received for this Enduring material.
To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ you must complete the following:
• Read this course in its entirety.
• Complete the Post-Test (to access the post-test click on Get Certificate)
• You must correctly answer 75% of the post-test questions.
• Complete the evaluation form.
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