During this session you will learn about ER/LA Opioids - Perspectives on Patient Assessment and Therapy Management, Goals of Therapy, Monitoring and Patient Education of ER/LA Opioids, Assessing ER/LA Opioid Products: Similarities and Differences Prescribers Need to Know. This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see http://ce.er-la-opioidrems.com/IwgCEUI/rems/pdf/List_of_RPC_Companies.pdf for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration. 

Learning Objectives

  • Implement patient assessment strategies, including tools to assess risk of abuse, misuse, or addiction when prescribing extended-release (ER/LA) opioids
  • Employ approaches to safely initiate therapy, modify dose, and discontinue ER/LA opioids
  • Monitor patients by evaluating treatment goals and implementing periodic urine drug testing (UDT)
  • Employ patient education strategies about the safe use of ER/LA opioids
  • Identify similarities and differences among ER/LA opioids 

Faculty Disclosures

The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Charles E. Argoff, MD, FABPM

Speaker’s Bureau for Allergan, Inc., Amgen Inc., BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc., Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., and Depomed, Inc. Advisory Board member for Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Depomed, Inc., Kaléo Pharma, Pfizer Inc., Quest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Consultant for Nevro and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. Contracted Research for Grünenthal GmbH and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. Ownership Interest in Depomed, Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP

Has no financial relationships to disclose.

Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD

Has no financial relationships to disclose.

Michael J. Brennan, MD

Speakers Bureau member for Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. Depomed, Inc., Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Purdue Pharma L.P, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Advisory Board member for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. Depomed, Inc., Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., and Purdue Pharma L.P. Ownership Interest in Cara Therapeutics. 

Jeffrey Gudin, MD

Speakers Bureau member for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Purdue Pharma L.P., and Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. Advisory Board member for Depomed, Inc. Consultant BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc., Nektar Therapeutics, Pernix Therapeutics, and Quest Diagnostics. 

Bill McCarberg, MD, FABPM

Speakers Bureau member for Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc. Advisory Board member for Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Pernix Therapeutics, and Pfizer Inc. Has ownership interests in BioSpecifics Technologies Corp., Collegium Pharmaceutical, Galena Biopharma and Johnson & Johnson. 

Steven Stanos, DO

Consultant for myMatrixx. Contracted Research for Grünenthal GmbH. 


Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporter

REMS Program Companies

Education Partner

Miller Medical Communications, LLC

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