Registration Info

This is a 1-day meeting and will provide 6 CE/CME credits.

Conference Registration Fee

Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $129

Non-Clinicians / Medical Office Support Staff / Industry Participants

Non-clinicians--including, but not limited to, office managers, billing specialists, receptionists, and administrative staff--may attend PAINWeekEnd on a space-available basis when accompanied by a clinician and will be put on a wait list. These non-clinicians must still pre-register. Participation in industry sponsored meal programs, however, is strictly limited to practicing licensed healthcare providers. Please make necessary arrangements for meals for office support staff. In order to maintain the professional nature of the conference, guests, spouses, friends, and/or family members who are not currently employed in the medical field may not attend PAINWeekEnd.


Unfortunately, we do not have discounts available on hotel rooms. Please contact the hotel directly should you require accommodations.

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center
1515 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207


To accompany and enrich your experience at the PAINWeekEnd conference, be sure to attend one or more of the sponsored programs, which are scheduled during breakfast, lunch, and afternoon "Brain Food" time slots in the schedule. There is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to attend these program sessions!


Click on the day of the conference to see course descriptions, UAN numbers, and AANP pharmacology credits.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Schedule (subject to change)

7:00a - 7:30a - Registration and Exhibits
Coffee will be served. 

7:30a - 8:30a - Year of the Locusts: The Impact of the CDC Guidelines on Practitioners and Patients

UAN 0530-0000-18-072-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

The CDC guidelines have caused controversy and spurred heated discussion. Produced with a paucity of evidence based medicine, they were never evaluated and iterated in the manner of more appropriate guidelines. In this course, we will examine the guidelines and their effect on practitioners--primary care physicians, pain specialists, etc&jdash;and chronic pain noncancer patients as well as some chronic cancer patients. Many functioning patients have had their opioid dosages diminished, either in concert with their physician or forcibly, without any say in the matter. This, along with a marked reduction in the amount of legal opioid medications that can be produced, has led to significant unintended consequences: practitioners are leaving the field; some refuse to even prescribe any opioids, mostly due to fear of overregulation; once functional patients are being abandoned by the medical field; patients are searching for something to return them to functionality, which can lead to overdose and death, particularly from heroin and illicit fentanyl. Indeed, the opioid crisis has now become the heroin and fentanyl crisis. During this presentation, solutions, and the changes necessary to bring them about, will be discussed.


8:30a - 9:30a - Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*
Breakfast will be served.
Sponsored by Collegium Pharmaceuticals, Venkatesh Nagalapadi, MD

9:30a - 9:40a - Break & Exhibits

9:40a - 10:40a - Nonopioid Analgesics: Antidepressants, Adjuvant Therapies, and Muscle Relaxants

UAN 0530-0000-18-042-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 1.0

Course Description

Nonopioid analgesics are oftentimes considered first-line therapy for most chronic pain syndromes. A strong understanding of these agents' mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and toxicity profiles is paramount for today's pain practitioner. This course will provide an in-depth look at each of the agents within these drug classes, their potential role in pain management, and available data supporting their use. Additionally, clinically relevant monitoring pearls will be discussed.

Thomas Gregory, PharmD, CPE

10:40a - 11:40a - A Comedy of Errors: Methadone and Buprenorphine

UAN 0530-0000-18-032-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 1.0

Course Description

The most contentious, poorly understood analgesics today are methadone and buprenorphine. This fast paced workshop will equip practitioners with immediately implementable practical tips regarding when and how to use these analgesics, including dosage formulations, routes of delivery, appropriate use in therapy, drug interactions, dosage titration (both up and down), opioid conversion calculations, and more. All discussions will be aimed at enhancing clinical, economic, and humanistic outcomes on the individual patient and health system level.

Douglas L. Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FASAM

11:40a - 12:00p - Faculty Q&A

12:00p - 12:10p - Break & Exhibits

12:10p - 1:10p - Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*
Lunch will be served.
Sponsored by AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo Inc., Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., MD

1:10p - 2:00p - Migraines A-Z

UAN 0530-0000-18-070-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.25

Course Description

During this course, we will go over the clinical symptomatology of migraine in a number of its various forms, as well as the pathophysiology of migraine. We will go over the acute as well as prophylactic treatment of migraine using evidence based criteria.


2:00p - 2:10p - Break & Exhibits

2:10p - 3:00p - Cannabis vs Cannabinoids: The Politics of Medical Marijuana

UAN 0530-0000-18-034-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

The subject of the medical use of cannabinoids has become an extremely hot topic. Unfortunately, there has been a tendency to equate medical cannabinoids with another very contentious topic: medical marijuana. In this presentation, the distinction between medical cannabinoids and medical cannabis will be explored. Specifically, the challenges facing prescribers who are being asked to prescribe medical marijuana will be examined.

Douglas L. Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FASAM

3:00p - 3:50p - What's All the "GABA" About? Pregabalin and Gabapentin Abuse

UAN 0530-0000-18-058-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

The gabapentinoids are a popular class of medications among prescribers for use in chronic pain and various other neurological conditions. In fact, prescription rates for both gabapentin and pregabalin have increased in the United States and other countries in recent years. However, these medications have a street value to a newer niche of users, including patients taking them at megadoses to enhance the effects of other psychotropic drugs, and other patients taking them to manage or mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms and possibly even opioid cravings. While pregabalin is already classified as a controlled substance, gabapentin does not yet carry this classification. In response to rising abuse, various states and regulatory bodies are considering changes to enhance patient safety and protect the provider's license. Learn what changes you should make to your practice, if any, in light of the growing abuse of gabapentinoids and how to identify patients potentially abusing them.

Thomas Gregory, PharmD, CPE


*Not certified for credit.