Controlled Substance Prescriptions and Regulations for the Pharmacist in Florida

by Instructor: Alexander Niyazov, PharmD, RPh, MPH, CPH, BCPS; Instructor: Derek J. Gyllenhammer, PharmD


i 2.00 CEH

Course Overview

Pharmacists have a responsibility to protect the public from potential inappropriate drug use, while ensuring access to critical medications. There is a national epidemic surrounding the misuse of opioids. In response, during the last 10 years, many pharmacists have heightened surveillance when filling prescriptions for controlled substances, sometimes resulting in instances in which patients with valid prescriptions experience delays obtaining their medications. As a result, the Florida Board of Pharmacy has updated its regulations on the standards of practice for the filling of controlled substance prescriptions, which went into effect in December 2015. These standards of practice emphasize the importance of patients’ ability to fill valid controlled substance prescriptions. This continuing education course reviews these standards and other federal and state laws pertinent to the regulation of controlled substances.

About the Course Author

Alexander Niyazov, PharmD, RPh, MPH, CPH, BCPS, is the Associate Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Acorda Therapeutics. He has published and presented several works on Parkinson’s disease, chronic myeloid leukemia, and multiple sclerosis, and has taught Pharmacology adjunctively at a number of universities. Dr. Niyazov received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Long Island University. Alexander Niyazov, PharmD, RPh, MPH, CPH, BCPS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Derek J. Gyllenhammer, PharmD, is a community pharmacist from the Hartford, Conn., area. He graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 2016. Derek J. Gyllenhammer, PharmD discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Financial Relationship with CVS Health as Staff Pharmacist.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Type Activity: Knowledge
    Target Audience Designation: P
    ACPE Universal Activity Number: JA4008266-0000-20-216-H03-P
  • Florida Board of Pharmacy


    This module is approved for 2.0 contact hours by Florida Board of Pharmacy

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the process to ensure access to controlled substances for all patients with a valid prescription.; Develop a process to assess prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value.; Discuss the use of the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s database to guide decisions that involve prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.; Identify how to detect prescriptions not based on a legitimate medical purpose; Review federal and Florida state laws related to the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Pharmacists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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