Type and Extent of Opioid-Related Education Provided by U.S. College of Pharmacy Continuing Education Divisions

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (05/20) Renfro, Mandy L.; Moczygemba, Leticia R.; Baumgartner, Jennifer; et al.

A recent study measured the type and extent of new opioid-related continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities offered by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited continuing education divisions (CEDs) at U.S. colleges of pharmacy from 2015–2018. College of pharmacy providers delivered 20.3% of ACPE-approved opioid-related CPE activities during that period. The number of new CPE activities respectively rose from 249 to 297 to 349 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and fell to 342 in 2018 for a total of 1,237 unique opioid-related CPE activities altogether. These activities involved 149,373 pharmacists and were most commonly associated with the keywords "opioids" (34.8%) and "pain management" (30.2%). The findings suggest that the number of pharmacists participating in opioid-related CPE supplied by ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy CEDs "is likely to increase as a growing number of states are beginning to require opioid-related CPE for pharmacist license renewal," the authors concluded.

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