Opioid Webinar

Jointly provided by Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education and Tabula Rasa HealthCare.

Opioid Pharmacology & Drug Interactions Affecting Opioid Response

Presenter

Kevin T. Bain, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCGP, CPH, FASCP
Sr. Vice President, Research & Development, TRHC

Overview

As the number of opioid-related overdose deaths continues to rise, opioid use is one of the top health care issues in the country. Early identification of problematic opioid use and engagement in efforts to educate clinicians are critical in preventing morbidity and mortality. Concerns in pharmacy include increases in dosages of opioids and prescribing of opioids for patients who may not optimally respond. Myriad factors influence patient opioid response. Clinicians should be aware of the contributions of opioid pharmacology and drug interactions to interindividual variations in opioid response. The purpose of this webinar is to advance the national dialogue around the opioid epidemic with a solutions-oriented agenda that identifies opportunities for mitigating those drug interactions that influence opioid response.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the pharmacology of opioids
  2. Recognize various mechanisms of opioid-related drug interactions
  3. Discuss how competitive inhibition and genetic variants influence opioid response
  4. Describe strategies for mitigating drug interactions influencing opioid response
  5. Apply mitigating strategies to patient case scenarios to improve opioid prescribing