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Program will offer clinician courses in patient assessment
strategies to educate on safety and efficacy when prescribing ER/LA
March 5, 2013 - Pri-Med and the American College of
Physicians (ACP) today announced that they have been awarded an
independent educational grant by the REMS Program Companies (RPC),
a group of manufacturers of extended-release and long-acting
(ER/LA) opioids, to develop and implement a training program that
educates clinicians about safety and efficacy when prescribing
opioids. The grant will incorporate elements of the recently
approved U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) Blueprint for Prescriber Education for
Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics guideline
program, a component of the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy
(REMS) for ER/LA Opioid medications.
The Blueprint guidelines mark the first time that an
FDA-required REMS program has included a continuing medical
education (CME) component supported by independent education grants
from industry. Through the grant, Pri-Med and ACP, its recently announced curriculum partner, will deliver
critical trainings for primary care clinicians that prescribe ER/LA
opioids in an effort to safely and effectively manage patients with
chronic pain. The initiative will be launched on June 15, 2013
through a certified, online curriculum available through
Pri-Med.com and Acponline.org.
Almost one million people 12 years and older reported
non-medical use of opioids for 200 days or more in 2009-2010 and
more than four million people reported such use for 30 days or
more1. Additionally, in 2009 there were almost 425,000
emergency department visits involving non-medical use of opioids
and 15,597 deaths2.
"It is an honor to be one of the first accredited CME providers
taking part in this inaugural education initiative," said Marissa
Seligman, PharmD chief compliance, clinical and regulatory affairs
officer and senior vice president, pmiCME, the accredited education
division of DBC Pri-Med. "This grant enables Pri-Med and ACP to
offer a multi-channel series of live courses and a digital forum to
educate clinicians about proper and safe use of opioids, equipping
them with the fundamental tools and resources to provide the best
care and outcomes for their patients."
"The comprehensive curriculum, backed by the governing body of
the FDA, will help advance proper and safe prescribing practices
seen in this space," said Patrick C. Alguire, MD, FACP, ACP's
senior vice president for Medical Education. "Our commitment to
providing quality clinician education alongside our partner,
Pri-Med, is our number one goal. We are proud to launch this
program and help reduce the knowledge gap within the clinician
Pri-Med and ACP will seek to properly train the country's
122,000-plus ER/LA opioid prescribers, including current registered
Pri-Med members, through patient education strategies and by
implementing patient assessment best practices. The offering will
include online self-assessment tools to measure the educational
process and help increase safe prescribing of ER/LA opioids, as
well as improve processes to more effectively monitor patient
Pri-Med is an operating division of Diversified Business
Communications. Based in Boston, Mass., the organization has been a
trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000
clinicians since 1995. Through live meetings in over 30 U.S. cities
and online at www.pri-med.com, actively practicing clinicians rely
on Pri-Med for opportunities to engage with local peers, meet
internationally renowned faculty and participate in world-class
educational activities. For more information, visit: www.pri-med.com.
About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest
medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician
group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal
medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and
medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who
apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis,
treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum
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About Diversified Business CommunicationsDiversified
Business Communications, based in Portland, Maine, provides
information and market access through face-to-face events, magazine
publishing, and eMedia on four continents. In addition to health
care, Diversified serves a number of industries including:
technology, retail, food and hospitality and business management
solutions. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong,
India, the UK and Canada.
1Jones CM. Frequency of prescription pain reliever
nonmedical use: 2002-2003 and 2009-2010. Arch Intern Med.
2012 Jun 25:1-2
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National
Vital Statistics System. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health
and Human Services, CDC; 2012. www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/Vitalstatsonline.htm.
Accessed August 2012