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ACPE Accredited Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Validation of Controlled Substances Prescriptions – FL Required – 2 CE

Activity Overview

While opioids and other controlled substances play an important role in pain and disease management for individuals suffering from a variety of debilitating chronic health conditions, they have also led to an unprecedented health crisis in the United States resulting in tens of thousands of overdose deaths each year. Health care providers who prescribe controlled substances, as well as pharmacists who dispense them, have an ethical duty to prescribe and dispense these medications in a safe and effective manner. They also have a legal obligation to comply with federal and state guidelines regarding controlled medications. The following course provides an overview of the opioid epidemic facing the United States as well as steps that prescribers and pharmacists can take to limit controlled substance misuse and diversion.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1.  Recognize how to assess prescriptions for therapeutic value and detect prescriptions not based on legitimate medical purpose
  2. Recall protocols for addressing and resolving problems recognized during drug utilization review including drug interactions, side effects, and dosing guidelines
  3. Recall Florida laws and rules related to the prescription and dispensing of controlled substances
  4. Recall the legal responsibilities in using the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s Database
  5. Recognize the relevance of the Florida standing order for naloxone for the emergency treatment of opioid overdose
  6. Identify proper patient storage and disposal of controlled substances Identify important counseling points for patients with opioid prescriptions
  7. Describe available treatment resources for opioid physical dependence, addiction, misuse, or abuse

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Accreditation Statement

ACPEAchieveCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

AchieveCE is also accredited by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider no. 50-20641). This course is approved by CE Broker, with CE Broker No. 20-767718.

Faculty Information

Jaimini Patel, RPH, PhD, MBA is a Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Scientist with over 20 years of experience in clinical practice in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. She has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Development, and Pharmacokinetics. She has no actual or potential conflicts of interest to disclose. She has no actual or potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support. Jaimini Patel, RPH, PhD, MBA has no actual or potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Delivery Type

Home Study Monograph



2.0 Contact Hours

Target Audience


Activity Type


Universal Activity Number


Activity Release Date

July 8, 2021

Activity Expiration Date

July 8, 2024

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Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CPE Monitor and/or CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

CE Broker Reporting

If you are licensed under a board supported by CE Broker, feel free to log into your CE Broker account to view your reported courses or to contact their support staff.

Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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