Florida : Validating Prescriptions for Controlled Substances – 2 Hours (Mandatory)



This continuing education course, “Validating Prescriptions for Controlled Substances,” aims to help ensure that only valid and legitimate controlled substance medications are available for patients who genuinely need them. It gives pharmacists the necessary information to make sound professional judgments when dispensing controlled substances.

Upon completion of this course (Validating Prescriptions for Controlled Substances), pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be able to: 

  • Describe the epidemic of substance abuse and prescription drug abuse in the United States.
  • Identify the responsibility of pharmacy practitioners to determine the validity of controlled substance prescriptions.
  • List factors that pharmacy practitioners might consider when assessing a controlled substance prescription’s legitimacy.
  • Describe the use of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
  • Discuss the assessment of prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value.
  • Determine if prescriptions are based on a legitimate medical purpose.
  • Identify the federal guidelines that impact the distribution of controlled substances.
  • Discuss Florida’s Laws and rules regarding the prescribing & dispensing of controlled substances.
  • Counsel patients with opioid prescriptions.
  • Discuss available treatment resources for opioid physical dependence, addiction, misuse, or abuse.
  • Identify relevant provisions of Florida law related to the prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.
  • Describe how Florida’s prescription drug monitoring program can help ensure the proper prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.
  • Describe Florida statute section 381.887, emergency treatment for opioid overdose, and the State Surgeon General’s Standing order for Naloxone.


Author: Greg Philip, Pharm D 

Contact Hours: 2 Hours  

Activity Type: Knowledge-Based Home Study 

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test)

Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians 

Cost: $20 / Participant

UAN: Pharmacist: 0384-9999-22-701-H01-P Technicians: 0384-9999-22-701-H01-T 

Release Date: 03/17/2022 Expiration Date: 03/17/2025

Course Completion Certificate:  A minimum passing score of 70% is required for course completion. A Printable (PDF) Certificate By Email. Credit will be reported to the CPE monitor within 30 days of completion.

The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education.

NPTA approves Biologix Solutions LLC as a Joint Provider of continuing pharmacy education. Approval

Disclaimers: Mr. Phillip has no actual or potential conflict of interest regarding this program. The program received no commercial support and has been peer-reviewed to ensure non-commercialization.

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Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids: MANDATORY CE – CE Broker Provider ID: 50-12950 

CE Broker Reporting Within 24 Hours.

Rule 64B16-27.831(6), Florida Administrative Code, related to “Standards of Practice for the Filling of Controlled Substance Prescriptions; Electronic Prescribing; Mandatory Continuing Education,” has been amended, effective June 14, 2018. This rule now provides that all licensed pharmacists shall complete a Board-approved 2-hour continuing education course, on the “Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids”, during the biennium ending on September 30, 2019. This 2-hour course shall be taken every biennium after that.

The “Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids” course shall count towards the mandatory 30 hours of CE required for licensure renewal, and all newly licensed pharmacists must complete the required course before the end of the first biennial renewal period. A licensee who completes the mandated “Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids” course between October 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, shall be deemed to have complied with this subsection for the biennium ending on September 30, 2019.

A copy of the new rule can be found at the following link:

https://www.flrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?title=PHARMACY PRACTICE&ID=64B16-27.831

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