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Last chance for IMQ grants for providers of opioid training



To help address serious issues related to the misuse of prescription opioids, the California Medical Association’s Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) is offering mini-grants to organizations that wish to offer U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved opioid training for physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers. There are a few grants available, ranging between $1,400 and $3,300, based on the number of participants.

The opioid crisis continues and drug overdose deaths remain the leading cause of injury death in the United States – even more than car crashes. In one of many efforts to address this problem, the FDA launched a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for extended-release and long-acting opioid medications.

IMQ participates in REMS as part of the Collaborative on REMS Education (CO*RE), a multidisciplinary group working together to improve pain management and prevent adverse outcomes. CO*RE has designed a curriculum that satisfies the FDA requirements for REMS training.

REMS materials for a two or three hour activity are available; training must be completed by December 2015. If necessary, IMQ can serve as a joint provider to offer continuing medical education credits and to help find qualified faculty. If your organization is interested in receiving a grant to conduct REMS training, please contact Eva Melendez at emelendez@imq.org.



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