Last week, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) announced a new initiative to be undertaken by 21 state medical boards to educate health care professionals on the safe and responsible prescribing of extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid analgesics for patients with chronic pain. FSMB have receive a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) grant from the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS Program Companies. The grant enables the FSMB and FSMB Foundation to award REMS grants to state medical boards to conduct free live seminars on ER/LA prescribing in their respective states, as well as free online continuing medical education resources at www.fsmb.org/safeprescribing.
Commenting on the initiative, Humayun Chaudhry, DO, President and CEO of the FSMB said “State medical boards are ideally positioned to provide educational resources to help the licensees in their states learn safe, responsible prescribing of opioid analgesics.” The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery recently became the first of the state medical board grant recipients to conduct live CME seminars. A news story about the initiative with link to further resources may be read here.