Methadone: A Review for Hospice Providers

Methadone: A Review for Hospice Providers 

Methadone is unique opioid in its utility for both nociceptive and neuropathic pain but is often underutilized due to lack of familarity and comfort with its dosing as well as stigma associated with its use for substance abuse disorders. Methadone is not appropriate for all patients due to its drug interactions and variable kinetics but can be very useful in patients with mixed pain and/or experiencing intolerable side effects from other opioids. Frequent pharmacist consults and clinician feedback reveals that (1) many clinicians need assistance with initial dosing and monitoring guidance and (2) multiple dosing regimens are employed with contention that one method is superior than the other.


Hours: 1.25


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Course Details

Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe the general properties that make methadone unique
Recognize metabolism-related and cardiac-related drug interactions associated with methadone
Demonstrate the ability to assess appropriate patient candidates for methadone therapy
Initiate methadone therapy in a patient and establish plans for titration and monitoring
Instructor: Marisa Todd, PharmD, BCPS
As Director of Clinical Education at Enclara Pharmacia, Marisa is responsible for the coordination, integration, maintenance and advancement of Enclara Pharmacia’s education support services. Prior roles held by Marisa include manager of the West Deptford clinical call center, clinical pharmacist and new hire pharmacist trainer. She has 15 years of experience as a pharmacist in various fields including 11 years of hospice pharmacy experience, as well as clinical roles in both the hospital and home infusion settings. Throughout Marisa’s career, she has been continuously involved in the education and training of healthcare professionals and students. Marisa earned her doctor of pharmacy degree at Wilkes University, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She completed a 1-year post-graduate pharmacy practice residency program and maintains certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). Disclosure: Marisa Todd, PharmD, BCPS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Hospice.
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