APhA Pain Institute: Teaming Up for Safer Pain Management (pre-registration required)


Opioid use for pain management has increased substantially in recent decades. Unfortunately, so have the rates of misuse and overdose deaths. Careful medication selection and monitoring are crucial components of chronic pain management strategies, especially for patients continuously using opioids to manage chronic pain. In this session, experts will review strategies for pharmacists to collaborate with the health care team to support safe and effective pain management. 

Pre-registration is required; click here to register.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify mechanisms for collaboration between pharmacists and prescribers to minimize opioid misuse, while ensuring that patients with legitimate needs have access to opioids.  
  2. Describe effective communication strategies between pharmacists and prescribers to optimize care and minimize patient risk.
  3. Discuss the rationale for using urine drug testing, prescription drug monitoring programs, and medication contracts to support patient adherence to prescribed therapy and prevention of controlled substance diversion. 


Felicity Homsted, PharmD BPLA
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Penbscot Community Health Care
Noah Nesin, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Penobscot Community Health Care
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: APhA Pain Institute
Session Time Slot(s): 
Thursday, March 15
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Music City Center - Room 107A-B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-087-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.1
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