Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids

Program Details

  • Intended Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings (this CPE is required by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for pharmacist license renewal).
  • Universal Activity Number: 0012-0000-18-083-H04-P
  • Contact Hours: 2.0
  • Program Fees: $25.00
  • Dates Available: 12/10/2018 to 12/10/2021
  • Activity Type: Knowledge


Pharmacies have a critical role to play in safeguarding the nation’s healthcare system and ensuring proper use of controlled substances. In the face of the nation’s Opioid Epidemic, pharmacists must fulfill their professional obligations to exercise corresponding responsibility. The validation, dispensing, and counseling of controlled substances by pharmacists is a critical intervention point for resisting opioid misuse and ensuring safe and effective healthcare for the public.

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy to fulfill the controlled substances licensure renewal requirements outlined in Rule 64B16-27.831(6).


At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Review laws and regulations related to prescribing, inventory records and dispensing of controlled substances to ensure patient access to pain management
  • Describe professional judgment regarding assessment of prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value
  • Review and recognize proper use of E‐FORCSE® (Electronic‐Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation program)
  • Review corresponding responsibility tools available to pharmacists that help detect prescriptions not based on a legitimate purpose

Disclosure Statement

The following speakers, reviewers, and planning committee members have disclosed that he/she has no relevant financial disclosures. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Joseph Ladd, PharmD, BCPS
Contributing Clinical Writer
American Pharmacists’ Association
Pharmacy Today Magazine
Washington, DC

Priti N. Patel, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor/ Assistant Campus Director
College of Pharmacy, University of Florida

Schedule of Activities and Requirements for Successful Course Completion

Read the monograph in its entirety, receive 70% or higher on the post-test, and submit a course evaluation.

Credit Reporting

  • The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CE Broker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile.
  • All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians maintain their own license and/or certification and it is their responsibility to follow up with the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Florida if any CE credit discrepancies are found.
  • It is at the University’s discretion to award or deny credit to a late claiming participant (i.e. after 60 days of the participant engaging in a CPE activity) as it is the University’s CE activity and the provider needs to ensure the requirements necessary for credit are successfully completed.
  • The University may request access to CPE Monitor® if the activity in question occurred within the previous 6 months and with an appropriate reason for access, i.e. power outage, etc.

Program Financial Support

This course received no financial program support.

Computer Requirements

Computer and Internet access are required to complete this course. Course content is provided via Canvas.

The minimum hardware, software, and Internet requirements for Canvas can be found here.


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This course in its entirety is copyrighted by the University of Florida Continuing Pharmacy Education and may not be duplicated or reproduced for any other purpose without specific written permission.

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