Presenter(s): Lynn R. Webster, MD, Vice President of Scientific Affairs, PRA Health Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT
About the Webinar: The use of methadone as an analgesic for severe chronic pain has expanded in recent years. While it is effective for some patients and belongs in the armamentarium of pain medications, it has unique pharmacologic properties that make it unpredictable and call for caution and expertise in prescribing it. More than 30% of prescription opioid deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of opioid prescriptions are for methadone. Therefore, methadone should not be considered a drug of first choice for chronic pain, and specific education is necessary for healthcare professionals to prescribe it safely. This Webinar will describe the unique pharmacologic properties and toxicities associated with methadone, provide recommended practices to use when prescribing methadone, and outline assessment, management, patient education, and monitoring practices to minimize the risk of adverse outcomes when utilizing methadone.
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• Understand the unique pharmacologic properties and toxicities of methadone;
• Utilize recommended practices when prescribing methadone; and
• Implement a plan to improve patient safety through assessment, patient education, management, and monitoring practices.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) will provide an enduring webinar titled, “Responsible Prescribing of Methadone for Pain Management: Safety First,” and will offer continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Successful completion requires that participants register for the webinar, attend and participate, and complete an online post-test and evaluation. Participants will receive their CME certificates after they submit their evaluations online.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine was awarded Accreditation with Commendation for a term of six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education. The six-year accreditation is the highest accreditation awarded by the ACCME.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this enduring webinar for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.