Teaming Up for Safer Pain Management: Strategies for Effective Collaboration


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.

This session will be audio-recorded and offered as part of the Home-Study on Demand, included with Premium Registration or available for purchase on-site at the Education Booth.

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. Describe policies around PDMP use and other mechanisms being used to manage risk and diversion and support appropriate medication use.
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
Pathway: Home-Study on Demand, New Practitioner
Track: Pharmacy Management and Professional Leadership
Session Time Slot(s): 
Friday, March 16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Music City Center - Room 101C-D
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-087-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.1
Activity Type: