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On December 7, APhA commented to FDA on its draft document entitled ‘‘Blueprint for Prescriber Education for the Long-Acting/Extended-Release Opioid Class-Wide REMS’’ (Blueprint). The draft Blueprint contains core messages for continuing education (CE) providers to develop educational materials to train prescribers of long-acting and extended-release opioids required REMS for these products. The Blueprint is important because it serves as an important model for the impact of REMS programs on pharmacy.

In the comments, APhA supported the utilization of CE for REMS educational materials and made the following requests of FDA:

  • Frame the REMS CE Blueprint model on intra-professional education so accredited provider organizations can utilize a REMS CE Blueprint for their target audience(s);
  • Consider ways in which a REMS CE Blueprint and CE program could include reference to a REMS being part of an overall integrated and coordinated effort to improve patient safety that builds on such things as utilization of electronic health records and improved coordination of care; and
  • Consider appropriate evaluation of the effectiveness and benefit of a REMS education program offered through CE.

Cardinal Health Foundation, The Ohio State University Launch New Toolkit to Help Reduce Misuse of Prescription Drugs

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The need to address the prevention of drug misuse and abuse among older adults has been raised many times at PDAAG meetings. Please see the information below regarding this issue.

By The Cardinal Health Foundation, 10/19/11

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists to Help Educate Older Adults

DUBLIN, Ohio, October 19, 2011 —The Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy recently released a new, interactive toolkit that pharmacists, health care providers, community organizations and others can use to educate their communities about how to avoid the misuse of prescription drugs. The groups also announced their new partnership with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) to promote the toolkit among older adults and their caregivers.



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