APhA Pain Institute: A Case Study of Opioid Dose De-escalation (pre-registration required)


Not all patients benefit from opioid use. Some patients receiving opioids may benefit from opioid dose tapering, conversions, or discontinuation. These situations can be challenging for clinicians to manage. When should a patient’s opioids be tapered and what is the protocol in such instances? What types of situations warrant a prescriber to stop writing opioid prescriptions for a patient altogether? Come to this interactive session to hear pain management experts explore patient-centered opioid management through a complex case. 

Pre-registration is required; click here to register.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knoweldge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss clinical factors that should be considered prior to developing an opioid tapering regimen.
  2. Explain opioid conversion strategies when developing an opioid tapering regimen.
Courtney Kominek, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Pain Management
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
Abigail Brooks, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: APhA Pain Institute
Session Time Slot(s): 
Thursday, March 15
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Music City Center - Room 107A-B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-083-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .05
Activity Type: