Resolving “Red Flags” While Screening Suspicious Opioid Prescriptions (Pharmacist)

Resolving “Red Flags” While Screening Suspicious Opioid Prescriptions (Pharmacist)

Screening opioid prescriptions for “red flags” is challenging. This course examines an approach to screen opioid prescriptions for legitimacy, identify the risk of diversion, and either resolve suspicions or justify the denial to fill the prescription when they can’t be resolved.

Upon successful completion of this knowledge-based CPE course, pharmacists should be able to:
1. Discuss the responsibility of pharmacists to honor valid opioid prescriptions, as well as the correlative responsibility to decline invalid opioid prescriptions.
2. Illustrate how the concept of “red flags” can be used to identify concerns about opioid prescription legitimacy.
3. Implement a program to screen opioid prescriptions, identify the risk of diversion that they present, and manage that risk when appropriate.

David B. Brushwood, R.Ph, J.D.
Senior Lecturer, The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Law Content Developer, CEimpact

David B. Brushwood does not report any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this continuing pharmacy education course.

Course fee includes course, course materials, and CPE credit submission to CPE Monitor.
Initial Release Date: January 27, 2021
Planned Expiration Date: January 27, 2024

This course is provided for educational purposes. CEimpact is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice of any kind. For legal advice, please contact a licensed attorney.

Copyright 2021, CEimpact. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction of this course without express permission is strictly forbidden.

Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0107-0000-21-070-H03-P
Application-based CPE Activity

CEImpact is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Obtain CPE credit by completing the course, followed by the exam and evaluation (if applicable). Once successfully completed, your course will appear in your Completed Courses tab. Access your CPE statement of credit at

¹CEImpact provides you with two (2) opportunities to complete the exam. The learner will not receive CPE credit after two failed attempts.

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Disease State/Drug Therapy



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03 Law





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