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 The Diversion of Controlled Substances and the Law
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Course Overview:
The purpose of this course is to study the legal duties of pharmacists to prevent diversion of controlled substances and safeguarding the nation's closed system of distribution of controlled substance drugs.
Learning Objectives:

After completing this course the pharmacist  will be able to:

  • Define the diversion as compared with problems of abuse and overuse of controlled substances. 
  • Compare the completing duties of caring for patients and detecting and preventing drug abuse.
  • Explain the problem of diversion of controlled substances in the United States.
  • Identify red flags which may indicate a prescription is not for a legitimate medical purpose.
  • Identify green flags which may indicate a prescription is for a legitimate medical purpose.
  • Define the pharmacists corresponding responsibility in regard to prescriptions for controlled substances.
  • Discuss cases against pharmacists as they may illuminate the problems of diversion.
  • Explain how pharmacists may use red and green flags to differentiate between illegitimate prescription drug uses.

After completing this course the pharmacy technician  will be able to:

  • Define the diversion as compared with problems of abuse and overuse of controlled substances. 
  • Compare the completing duties of pharmacists and pharmacy technician of caring for patients and detecting and preventing drug abuse. 
  • Explain the problem of diversion of controlled substances in the United States.
  • Identify ways in which the pharmacy technician can work with the pharmacist in recognizing red flags which may indicate a prescription is not for a legitimate medical purpose.
  • Identify green flags which may indicate a prescription is for a legitimate medical purpose.
  • Define the pharmacy technician's role in assisting the pharmacist in meeting the legal requirements of the pharmacists' corresponding responsibility in regard to prescriptions for controlled substances. 
  • Discuss cases against pharmacists as they may illuminate the problems of diversion.
  • Explain how pharmacy technicians may use red and green flags to assist pharmacists to differentiate between illegitimate prescription drug uses.
Target Audience:
Pharmacists
Pharmacy Technicians
Faculty:

Ken Baker, BS, PharmD, J.D. is a pharmacist and an attorney. He consults nationally in the areas of medication errors and he practices law, of counsel, with the Phoenix, Arizona law firm Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA. Previously Ken was General Counsel and Sr. Vice President at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company. Before that, Mr. Baker practiced general trial law, including three years as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Indiana. He practiced pharmacy for several years before returning to law school.

Faculty Disclosure:
RxSchool strives to keeps its content fair and unbiased.

The planners of the educational activity have no conflicts of interest to disclose. There is no commercial support being used for this course.

Participants are advised that the accredited status of RxSchool does not imply endorsement by the provider ACPE of any products/therapeutics mentioned in this course. 

The information in the course is for educational purposes only. 

Mr. Baker would like to disclose that he is a consultant for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company and is currently employed through Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA.
Release date:
August 25, 2014
Expiration Date:
August 25, 2017
 
 


Course Category This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based
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ACPE - Pharmacists Accreditation
RxSchool is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This home study web activity has been assigned a maximum of 2 credit hours and the ACPE UPN: 0372-0000-14-013-H03-P.

Expiration Date: 08/25/2017

Release Date: 08/25/2014

 
To receive educational credit, participants must pass the online assessment with a score of 70% or better. If you do not receive a minimum score of 70% or better, you are permitted to retake the test. After passing the assessment, you can view, print and track your statements of credit online.

ACPE - Technicians Accreditation
RxSchool is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This home study web activity has been assigned a maximum of 2 credit hours and the ACPE UPN: 0372-0000-14-013-H03-T.

Expiration Date: 08/25/2017

Release Date: 08/25/2014

 
To receive educational credit, participants must pass the online assessment with a score of 70% or better. If you do not receive a minimum score of 70% or better, you are permitted to retake the test. After passing the assessment, you can view, print and track your statements of credit online.

The material presented here does not reflect the views of Pharmacy Choice, Inc., RxSchool, or the companies providing educational content. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.

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