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CE Updates

CE in Patient Safety: Controlled Substance Scheduled Drugs

by Laura Humphrey | May 14, 2014

In an effort to protect the public from beneficial, but potentially dangerous or habit forming drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration has classified drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs, into five distinct categories, referred to as controlled substance Schedules, according to the drug's acceptable medical use and the drug's abuse or dependency potential. The abuse rate is a determinate factor in a drug's categorization; for example, Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence and have no known medical use. Schedule V drugs represent the least potential for abuse. The Controlled Substances Act includes a list of drugs and their Schedule classifications in alphabetical order.

A substance does not need to be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a Schedule I substance for criminal prosecution (e.g., the controlled substance analogues). A controlled substance analogue is a substance intended for human consumption that is substantially structurally or pharmacologically similar to, or represented as being similar to, a Schedule I or Schedule II substance, and is not an approved medication in the United States. 

This CE activity will educate the pharmacy technician about the most accurate and legal method to receive and process a controlled substance Scheduled drug prescription.

Upon completion of this CE activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Review the five Schedules of drugs and give examples of each
  2. Explain how to properly receive and process a prescription for a Scheduled drug
  3. Discuss when and how a multiple prescription for a controlled substance Scheduled drug can be accepted
  4. Identify potential fraud and abuse relating to Scheduled drugs
  5. Describe the process for the ordering and restocking of Scheduled drugs

Take the course

Take this online CE course and earn 2 CE hours of patient safety (05) CE. This activity will expire on April 30, 2015. The registration fee is $3.50.

To view more POWER-PAK CEs, visit http://www.powerpak.com/.