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The Lehigh Valley Pain Management Alliance Experience

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Non-Member Access fee for Recorded CE Webinar:

 

The Lehigh Valley Pain Management Alliance Experience

Non-members are invited to view recorded webinars and receive CE credit for a small fee.

 

Once your payment has been processed, you will receive an automated email with a link to download an electronic item. Click the link in the email - this will download a PDF file that contains a link to access the recorded webinar.

 

Please contact PPA's CPE Administrator, Sara Bowden, at (717) 234-6151 x. 2 or sbowden@papharmacists.com with questions.

  


Activity Details

UAN: 0159-0000-16-021-H04-P & 0159-0000-16-021-H04-T

Expiration Date: September 23, 2019

Activity Type: Application-based

CE Credit: 1 Contact Hour (0.1 CEU)

Cost: Free for PPA members! $30 for non-members.

 

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Target Audience

All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians involved in ambulatory care and health system settings.

 

Program Description

Despite the development and availability of a multitude of dosage forms and drug delivery systems for analgesic products, effectively managed chronic pain (both malignant as well as non-malignant) continues to be an unmet medical need in the United States. We have seen an increased number of specialty practices devoted to pain management open in the greater Lehigh Valley and nationwide over the past twenty years. Sadly, along with legitimate pain management practices are those offices that prescribe narcotic analgesics and controlled adjunct medications for purely financial gains - creating a network of illicit distribution of narcotics and dangerous drugs under the guise of an established medical practice. The pharmacist is the one professional that invariably must determine which patients are authentic pain management patients and which are trafficking prescribed controlled substances. With recent investigations in Florida resulting in an $80 million fine levied against a major pharmacy chain for encouraging the processing of any and all narcotic prescriptions, it is evident that pharmacies that fill these illicit prescriptions face the same penalties that are faced by prescribers. This presentation highlights the establishment of a community pharmacy-based pain management service -The Lehigh Valley Pain Management Alliance - a collaborative effort between the pain management practices of the region and the member pharmacies of the alliance. This relationship will assure that bona fide pain management patients will have a pharmacy dedicated to their treatment, that these medical practices will have a partner in the care of their patients, and that illicit distribution of dangerous drugs through mainstream medical channels will be eliminated by enhanced patient selection.

 

Program Objectives for Pharmacists:

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
1. Relate the current escalation of mainstream-originated controlled substance diversion to rising morbidity and mortality due to opiate abuse.
2. Employ pharmaceutical care concepts to the chronic pain patient population.
3. Demonstrate how the Lehigh Valley Pain Management Alliance focuses care on appropriate pain management patients using a defined practice model.

 

Program Objectives for Pharmacy Technicians:

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
1. Relate the current escalation of mainstream-originated controlled substance diversion to rising morbidity and mortality due to opiate abuse.
2. Demonstrate how the Lehigh Valley Pain Management Alliance focuses care on appropriate pain management patients using a defined practice model.

      

Presenter

Howard C. Cook, Jr, RPh, BCNSP, FASHP, Pharmacist and Consultant, Yeager’s Pharmacy

Mr. Cook has extensive experience in inpatient clinical pharmacy, home infusion pharmacy, medical affairs in the pharmaceutical industry, and community pharmacy practice. He piloted and implemented patient-focused pharmaceutical care programs that place pharmacy staff at the patient's bedside, presented ACPE-approved continuing education programs on cancer pain and symptom management, clinical nutrition and its application in the Pharmacy Department, and has designed specialty rotations in Clinical Nutrition for non-traditional Doctor of Pharmacy programs. As the network Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, he oversaw formulary development for a four-hospital health system. As a member of the Medical Affairs Team at Bristol Myers Squibb Company, he was responsible for developing the US Medical Plan for a $7 billion cardiovascular pharmaceutical product. He is a Board-Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist, a Fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the President-Elect of the Lehigh Valley Pharmacists Association.


CE Requirements

To receive CE credit for this home study, you will need to watch the entire video, complete an online survey evaluation, and pass a short quiz. Access to the survey and quiz will be automatically provided after you have watched the video. PPA must have your CPE Monitor ID and birthday on file to issue credit.

 

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