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CME / ABIM MOC / CE

Over-the-Counter Analgesics/Antipyretics: Essential Medicines, Indispensable Medicines

  • Authors: Susan Cornell BS, PharmD, CDCES, FAPhA, FADCES; Mark Lema, MD; Miranda Wilhelm, RPh; Charles Vega, MD; Julie Olenak, RPh
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 3/10/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 3/10/2023
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  • Credits Available

    Physicians - maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    ABIM Diplomates - maximum of 0.75 ABIM MOC points

    Nurses - 0.75 ANCC Contact Hour(s) (0.5 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)

    Pharmacists - 0.75 Knowledge-based ACPE (0.075 CEUs)

    IPCE - 0.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit

    ADA CERP (Dentists) - 0.75 continuing Education credit(s)

    You Are Eligible For

    • Letter of Completion
    • ABIM MOC points

Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for neurologists, primary care physicians, infectious disease (ID)/HIV specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and dentists.

The goal of this activity is to reinforce the value of over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics and provide guidance on their safe and effective use.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Effectiveness of OTC analgesic/antipyretics in everyday clinical practice
    • Counseling of patients as to the safe use of OTC analgesic/antipyretic drugs
  • Demonstrate improved performance associated with
    • Applying the safe and effective use of OTC analgesics within the interprofessional team


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Faculty

  • Susan Cornell BS, PharmD, CDCES, FAPhA, FADCES

    Associate Director
    Experimental Education
    Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    Midwestern University
    College of Pharmacy
    Downer's Grove, Illinois

    Disclosures

    Consultant or advisor for: Bayer; Novo Nordisk; Sanofi
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Novo Nordisk

  • Mark Lema, MD

    SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Chair
    Department of Anesthesiology
    University of Buffalo
    Buffalo, New York

    Disclosures

    No relevant financial relationships

  • Miranda Wilhelm, RPh

    Clinical Professor
    Pharmacy Practice
    Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
    Edwardsville, Illinois

    Disclosures

    No relevant financial relationships

  • Charles Vega, MD

    Clinical Professor
    Family Medicine
    Assistant Dean
    University of California-Irvine
    School of Medicine
    Director
    UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)
    Irvine, California

    Disclosures

    Consultant or advisor for: GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson

  • Julie Olenak, RPh

    Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
    Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    Wilkes University Nesbitt College of Pharmacy
    Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

    Disclosures

    No relevant financial relationships

Editor

  • Clinton W. Wright, PharmD, BCPP

    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Clinton W. Wright, PharmD, BCPP, has no relevant financial relationships.

Compliance Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, CHCP, has no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer

This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has no relevant financial relationships.


Accreditation Statements

Developed through a partnership between Medscape and the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.



In support of improving patient care, Medscape, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

    For Physicians

  • Medscape, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. Aggregate participant data will be shared with commercial supporters of this activity.

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    For Nurses

  • Awarded 0.75 contact hour(s) of nursing continuing professional development for RNs and APNs; 0.50 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology.

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    For Pharmacists

  • Medscape designates this continuing education activity for 0.75 contact hour(s) (0.075 CEUs) (Universal Activity Number: JA0007105-0000-22-068-H04-P)

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  • For Dentists



    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Medscape. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of the credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

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CME / ABIM MOC / CE

Over-the-Counter Analgesics/Antipyretics: Essential Medicines, Indispensable Medicines

Authors: Susan Cornell BS, PharmD, CDCES, FAPhA, FADCES; Mark Lema, MD; Miranda Wilhelm, RPh; Charles Vega, MD; Julie Olenak, RPhFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 3/10/2022

Valid for credit through: 3/10/2023

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Contents of This CME Activity

All sections of this activity are required for credit.

Safety in Dosing/Duration of Therapy With OTC Analgesics: Reinforcing the Value of OTC Analgesics/Antipyretics as “Essential Medicines”

Dr Cornell introduces the program and discusses the role of over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics and antipyretics as “essential medicines.”
Susan Cornell, PharmD, CDCES, FAPhA, FADCES

Undertreatment/Overtreatment of Acute Pain: Avoiding Chronicity and Dependence and Smoothing the Transition to OTC Analgesics

Dr Lema discusses strategies to minimize the use of opioids and the transition to OTC analgesics for short-term treatment of pain.
Mark J. Lema, MD, PhD, FASA

Safety in Dosing/Duration of Therapy With OTC Analgesics: If 2 Is Good, 4 Is Not Necessarily Better

Dr Wilhelm discusses the safety of OTC analgesics.
Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD

Minor Pain Depends on the Definition of “Minor”: Assessment of Pain and Function as a Critical First Step in OTC Pain Management

Dr Vega discusses the assessment of pain and function as the first step in the management of pain.
Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP

Managing Established Chronic Pain: Opioid-Sparing OTC Solutions

Dr Cornell discusses OTC pain medications and their opioid-sparing use.
Susan Cornell, PharmD, CDCES, FAPhA, FADCES

At the Pharmacy: Frequently Asked Questions About OTC Analgesics

Dr Olenak addresses common questions asked by patients regarding OTC analgesics.
Julie Olenak, PharmD
 
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