Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids Course
(2 hrs. CPE)

Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids Course
(2 hrs. CPE)



Florida has been at the forefront of the drug abuse problem. Florida is now experiencing historic highs of overdoses, according to Project Opioid. Laws and regulations have been implemented; however, improvement is still needed to curve the opioid crisis. Pharmacists are on the frontline for education, prevention and assuring prescriptions are valid.

As a part of the biennial renewal, pharmacists are required to complete a two (2) hour Florida Board of Pharmacy approved course on the Validation of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances. The course must contain the components listed in the below learning objectives. The two-hour program may be applied towards the thirty-hour continuing education requirement for pharmacists. (64B16-27.831)


At the completion of this home study activity, pharmacists will be able to: Describe how to ensure that all patients with valid prescriptions have access to controlled substances; Use the database of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; Evaluate prescriptions for their appropriate therapeutic value; Identify prescriptions that are not based on a legitimate medical purpose; Recognize the laws and regulations related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances; Properly store and dispose of controlled substances; Establish protocols for addressing and resolving issues identified during drug utilization review; Provide education on emergency treatment for suspected opioid overdose; Counsel patients with opioid prescriptions; Identify available treatment resources for physical dependence, addiction, misuse, or abuse of opioids.

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This home study activity is targeted to pharmacists.


iCARE Pharmacy Services, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  Two (2) contact hours are available upon completion of the posttest questions and evaluation form.  Participants must pass the exam with a score of 70% or better.  There will be an additional opportunity to retake the posttest if the participant does not pass. This is an ACPE knowledge-based activity.  Initial Release Date: August 1, 2023.  Expiration Date:  August 1, 2026.                                    UAN:  0675-0000-23-003-H03-T. Florida Board of Pharmacy approval number 20-XXXXX.



Review the materials, complete the quiz and evaluation online.  The final score will be provided upon completion of the home study.  Continuing education hours will be uploaded to CEBroker and CPE Monitor in 30 days. Statements of continuing education will be available for you to download and print.




Joseph Cammilleri, PharmD, BCACP, CPE, Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist, Pain

Management, PGY2 Pain/Palliative Care Program Director, UF Health.



There are not any conflicts of interests in relation to this home study activity.


It is the policy of iCARE Pharmacy Services, Inc. to ensure accurate and non-bias information in accordance with the most current evidence-based scientific knowledge in all continuing education activities.

The author(s) involved have made reasonable efforts to ensure that information contained herein is accurate and current in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of this activity. Participants are advised to review the manufacturer's package insert prior to dispensing or administering any medication/vaccine as information regarding medications (administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to change. Special precautions should be taken when a medication is new, highly toxic, or unfamiliar to the participant. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance their knowledge base, meet their personal/professional development and improve patient outcomes.