Continuing Education

Update on Federal Controlled Substance Dispensing Responsibilities

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CE Topic: 
Pharmacy Law


David Brushwood, RPH, JD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Gainesville, Florida


David Brushwood, RPH, JD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest in relation to this program.



Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-11-031-H03-P; 0430-0000-11-031-H03-T
Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)
Type of Activity: Knowledge


This accredited activity is targeted to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

The author, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education program have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of acceptance for publication. However, because information regarding drugs (their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to constant change, the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosages and potential problems and cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug. Special precautions should be taken when a drug is new, or highly toxic, or is unfamiliar to the dispenser or administrant. This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Neither the publisher nor sponsor promotes the use of any agent outside of approved labeling. Statements made in this monograph have not been evaluated by the FDA. Nutritional products discussed are not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease.


The purpose of this lesson is to summarize recent changes to federal controlled substance laws.


After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. List the requirements for pharmacy practice that have recently been implemented by the Drug Enforcement Administration;
  2. Describe the implications for pharmacy practice of the mandate to limit access to controlled substances, while also allowing their legitimate medicinal use;
  3. Discuss pharmacy practice patterns that are influenced by the federal regulation of controlled substances; and
  4. Describe the public health justification for restricting pharmacy practice so as to reduce the illicit availability of controlled substances.
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mcurry88's picturePharmacy Technicianmcurry88Joined: Aug, 2013
Location: Ottawa, IL
Posts: 1

Very helpful! Please post more more Free CE courses for pharmacy technicians.

Also, quick question - if a pharmacy technician takes and passes a course designed for pharmacists, will it get counted still for his/her CE credits?

kminten's picturePharmacy TechniciankmintenJoined: Aug, 2013
Location: Medina, OH
Posts: 1

how do you print out the CE certificate?

Kiambe's picturePharmacy TechnicianKiambeJoined: Jul, 2013
Location: Hollywood, CA
Posts: 5

Great refresher and up-to-date information. This course gave me a better understanding and will help me communicate up knowledge to fellow co-workers. Nicely done!

kristin_jaskowiak's picturePharmacy Techniciankristin_jaskowiakJoined: Apr, 2013
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1

Anytime I ever do any CE's, the first thing I do after completing them are go to the website and enter my CE's in there.

Pamela Bartoy's picturePharmacy TechnicianPamela BartoyJoined: Jun, 2013
Location: Puyallup, WA
Posts: 1

I can not figure out how to post my ce credits on,can you help me

Kiambe's picturePharmacy TechnicianKiambeJoined: Jul, 2013
Location: Hollywood, CA
Posts: 5


Hopefully you figured it out by now, but just in case.

Click on this link first:

1. login
2. Click on the green add icon under CE programs
3. Fill in the info
4. Click continue

Here is a more detail link on how to submit your CE's. Hope this Helps you or others who read this.

Good Luck!

Kiambe's picturePharmacy TechnicianKiambeJoined: Jul, 2013
Location: Hollywood, CA
Posts: 5

I also noticed that if you toggle back and forth between window tabs, it may log you out and not save the data entered. Guess it's a safety/security mechanism. My total CE hours only updated on the home page once I signed out and back in as well.

katrph91's picturePharmacistkatrph91Joined: Oct, 2012
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 86

Very relevant to profession and convenient.

elenka_g's picturePharmacistelenka_gJoined: Sep, 2012
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Posts: 1

how do I submit my ce to NABP?

JEPILO's picturePharmacy TechnicianJEPILOJoined: Nov, 2012
Posts: 1

You need to setup an account with CPE monitor.

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