Data Report Shows Scope of ER/LA Opioid REMS CE Activities

August 28, 2015
Posted by: 
Tamar Hosansky

Report Shows REMS-Compliant CE Activities Reach 70,000 Healthcare Professionals

The ACCME has released a data report showing the scope of continuing education activities offered by accredited providers within the ACCME Accreditation System in support of the Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS.

The report shows that 82 accredited CME providers reported 449 REMS-compliant activities educating more than 70,000 learners. The report includes information about the geographic distribution of activities, the activity types, and the percentages of activities designed and analyzed for changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes.

The data report is made possible by the voluntary submission of ER/LA Opioid REMS data by accredited providers into ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). As a service to the CME community and to the FDA, the ACCME modified PARS to enable accredited providers to submit information specific to the REMS CME activities they provide.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for ER/LA Opioids is the first REMS to incorporate accredited CE about the risks of opioid medications as well as safe prescribing and safe use practices. The education is controlled, designed, and delivered by accredited continuing healthcare education providers.

The ACCME appreciates that the FDA recognizes the value of accredited education and chose to leverage the CE system to carry out this important public health initiative.

Download the PARS Data about ER/LA Opioid REMS CE Activities.

For more information, visit CME in Support of REMS.