This lecture provides information regarding special pharmacologic features of buprenorphine, options and indications for buprenorphine use for pain, and discusses use of the available formulations in the treatment of pain. 

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Understand unique pharmacologic properties of buprenorphine, with specific risks and benefits
  2. Know the options of buprenorphine formulations, and understand when and how to use each
  3. Troubleshoot common pitfalls

Additional Information

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
State Relevance: 
New Jersey
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Heidi Reetz, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia
UCSF Pain Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA


Faculty Disclosure

In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speaker and planning committee members have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:
Speaker: Heidi Reetz, MD
Planning Committee Members: Rahul Vanjani, MD, MSc, Maria Sullivan

  • This project is supported by grant H79TI082570 from the Department of Health and Human Services/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • This project is supported by grant 1H79TI082569-01 from the Department of Health and Human Services/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • This project is supported by DOH01-CEIC-2019 from the New York State Department of Health Clinical Education Initiative: Hepatitis C and Drug User Health Center of Excellence
  • The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMSHA or Warren Alpert Medical School

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Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation
Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. 

Rhode Island Specific: This program qualifies for 0.5 hour CME Credit in Opioid Pain Management/Chronic Pain Management, one of the required areas of section 6.0; 6.2.1 Rhode Island CME re-licensure requirements.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 0.5 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.50 Attendance
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