APhA Pain Institute: Opioid Calculation and Conversion: 101 (pre-registration required)


When dosed appropriately in carefully selected patients, opioids can be a safe and effective option for managing chronic pain. There are many important issues surrounding patient selection and drug interactions when using opioids. Based on individual patient factors as well as health system factors, such as insurance coverage, it may be necessary to switch patients among opioids. Great care must be taken when performing opioid conversions to maintain safety and efficacy, particularly when switching to medications with complex pharmacokinetics, such as methadone. This session will provide practical guidance for calculating morphine equivalents and converting among opioids when needed to meet patients’ pain management needs. Pre-registration is required; click here to register.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Demonstrate opioid conversion and calculation strategies when developing a care plan for patients with chronic pain. 
  2. Discuss patient-specific factors that warrant adjustments to an opioid 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 1
Track: APhA Pain Institute
Session Time Slot(s): 
Thursday, March 15
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Music City Center - Room 107A-B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-082-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.1
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