Pain Management Awareness for Pharmacists

About the Course:
By adopting a general understanding of pain you will be familiar with the main sources of pain experienced by patients, the various treatment options available along with potential side effects, and be able to distinguish different sources and types of pain, along with the individuality of pain and its perception.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define pain in general terms.
  • Recognize the individuality of pain and its perception.
  • Distinguish between different sources and types of pain.
  • Recognize the extent of the pain problem and its cost to society.
  • Adopt a general understanding of the pain signaling process.
  • Be familiar with the main sources of pain experienced by patients.
  • Be familiar with the various treatment options available to combat pain, including potential indications and side effects for each.
  • Become aware of the use of acupuncture and how it may be integrated into an individualized pain-management strategy.
About the Author:
Bradley Gillespie, Pharm.D. is a clinical pharmacist who has practiced in an industrial setting for over 20 years. He served as a clinical and a biopharmaceutics reviewer at the Food & Drug Administration, as well as led early development programs within the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. He has a special interest in supporting drug development efforts for rare and neglected diseases. In addition to his industrial focus, he operates a medical writing business with a focus on developing interesting and thought-provoking pharmacist and pharmacy technician continuing education programs. He remains a registered pharmacist. 

How to receive credit:
  • A minimum test score of 70 percent is needed to obtain a credit.

Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


  • Contact hours will be awarded through the expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and have your record of completion submitted through CPE Monitor and to the NABP.
  • Through our review process, Elite ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.


Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607).