Available Until 4/17/2024

Satisfying DEA Standards for Controlled Substances [2021 Update - CE Available]

This product contains all the ACPE requirements for CE credit: “Satisfying DEA Standards for Controlled Substances” course as well as its CE Mastery Exam and Evaluation. To receive educational credit, you must pass the CE Mastery Exam and complete the Evaluation.

This program provides pharmacy technicians with essential knowledge they need to understand and follow procedures that ensure compliance with controlled substances laws enforced by the DEA. Pharmacy technicians learn to identify the “red flags,” such as a lack of a valid doctor-patient relationship, or customers who exhibit “drugged” behavior. The course also instructs pharmacy technicians on what steps to take should they discover a questionable prescription, such as alerting the pharmacist, and how to communicate appropriately with a patient. Finally, various strategies for keeping controlled substances secure and safe are reviewed. Pharmacy technicians end the course by learning what to do in the case of a robbery or burglary.

Pharmacy technicians who complete the program will be able to:

  • Describe your obligations as a pharmacy technician regarding the dispensing of controlled substances
  • Identify typical “red flags” that may indicate a prescription for controlled substances was not issued for a legitimate medical purpose
  • Describe ways to keep controlled substances secure
  • Identify recommendations on how to respond to robberies if they occur


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Conduent Heathcare Knowledge Solutions, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience: Pharmacy technicians

Activity Type: Knowledge-based

Fee: $19.95 MSRP*
* This is the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price

ACPE UAN: 0296-9999-21-006-H04-T

Course Author: 

Larry Cote, Attorney, DEA Litigation and Compliance

Credit: 0.5 Contact Hour (0.05 CEUs)

Release Date: April 17, 2021

Expiration Date: April 17, 2024

Instructions for Receiving CPE Credit

After reviewing the course, complete the Participant Assessment and the Evaluation. Instructions on how to receive your statement of credit are available upon completion of the assessment and evaluation.

To receive of continuing pharmacy education in all states that recognize the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as an approved provider, you must obtain a score of at least 80% on the assessment. After passing the assessment, you can claim your credit and submit it directly to CPE Monitor.

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality: Conduent Heathcare Knowledge Solutions, Inc. maintains and respects privacy and confidentiality that relates to the CPE activities it provides on the Internet.

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2 GB RAM or higher

2.0 GHz Intel or AMD processor

Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher

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Provider Contact Information: email customer support at [email protected] or call M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time: 877-399-4925

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0296-9999-21-006-H04-T 0.05 CEUs April 17, 2021 - April 17, 2024