FamilyPractice.com Offers New CME Program On Drug Diversion and Abuse

FamilyPractice.com announces the addition of a four-part Lecture Series titled ``Drug Diversion and Abuse: The Facts'' to be featured in the Virtual Lecture Hall on its Web site. Click here [1] to visit the site.

This lecture will cover pain management, the proper use of opioids to treat acute and chronic pain, as well as identification and prevention of drug diversion and addiction. FamilyPractice.com, based in Wellesley, Mass., is an initiative of Medical Learning Company, Inc. (MLCI), dedicated to serving the needs of family physicians and their patients.

``As family physicians provide their patients with the latest in pain management and treatment strategies for both acute and chronic pain, there is concern about drug diversion. This four-part lecture will provide the family physician with a better understanding of how to adequately manage pain, and accurately identify diversion and addiction behavior in their patients,'' says Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, and Chairperson of the Symposium.

``Drug Diversion and Abuse: The Facts'' features the following speakers and topics:

Alan Spanos, MD -- ``The Undertreatment of Pain: The Role of Opioids in the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain''

John Burke -- ``Pharmaceutical Diversion: Law Enforcement's Perspective''

William Vilensky, DO, RPh -- ``The Truth About Pain Management: An Addictionologist's Perspective''

Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH -- ``Managing Chronic Pain with Opioids: A Practical Method''

This audio/slide lecture program is available for 2.5 hours of free CME, and was developed from a live, two-hour satellite symposium held at the American Academy of Family Physicians' annual meeting. The program is jointly sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and Medical Learning Company, Inc., and is accredited by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Medical Education.

``Drug Diversion and Abuse: The Facts'' is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Purdue Pharma L.P. Purdue Pharma L.P., headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is part of an international group of associated companies engaged in the research, development, production, and sales and licensing of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products.

FamilyPractice.com is designed to meet the needs of the approximately 60,000 Diplomates of the American Board of Family Practice (ABFP) and their patients. In addition to providing in-training exams with CME, ABFP Guides, clinical and research journals, drug information, MedLine searches and breaking medical news, FamilyPractice.com has a variety of educational and diagnostic tools, including:

Interactive Case of the Month: A unique interactive patient encounter that enables physicians to diagnose and recommend a course of treatment.

Virtual Lecture Hall: With a simple click of the mouse, family physicians can participate in a variety of online interactive lectures that provide the latest information and treatment strategies of a particular medical condition with free CME.

HeartLab(TM): A cardiac auscultation simulator with actual heart sounds that enables physicians to identify normal and abnormal heartbeats.

My Practice: Family physicians may use FamilyPractice.com to create, customize and monitor their own personalized Web site, check their e-mail, and track CME.

Biological Emergency Information: Provides several links with credible information from reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Medical Association.

FamilyPractice.com is an initiative of MLCI, an organization committed to serving the needs of family physicians and their patients by providing ABFP resources and leading-edge technology. MLCI is a joint venture between the ABFP and Kurzweil Technologies, Inc. (KTI).

The ABFP is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, its goals are improving the quality of medical care, establishing high standards of excellence in family practice and medical education, and granting certificates to family physicians.