Opioid Stewardship in CKD and Transplant Patients: An Overlooked Problem?

May 10, 2019

Expert faculty will lead a discussion on the problems associated with opioid use in patients with CKD and transplant patients. Considerations in designing a pain management strategies to minimize the risks, and the potential benefits of an opioid stewardship program in these patients will be reviewed. 

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Transplant Coordinators
Activity Information:

Friday, May 10 from 10:15am to 11:45am Eastern Time. 

Method of Participation:

Participants will attend the live webinar and submit an online activity evaluation.  Participants have up to four (4) weeks after the webinar to complete the online activity evaluation. 

Learning Objectives

After participation in this activity, learners will be better able to:

  • Discuss the problems associated with opioid use in patients with CKD including addiction and adverse outcomes
  • Identify  pain management strategies in patients with CKD that incorporates appropriate medication selection, assessment of addiction potential and risk of adverse events, and referral to a specialist when indicated
  • Describe the key components to a pain stewardship program to minimize opioid use in CKD and transplant patients
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ABTC Continuing Education Points
  • 1.50 ACPE Contact Hours
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 ANCC Nurse Contact Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/10/2019 - 10:15am
Event ends: 
05/10/2019 - 11:15am
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Faculty Disclosures

Kirsten Johnansen, MD
Nephrology Division Director
Hennepin Healthcare
Minneapolis, MN
Disclosure: Honorariua, Travel: GSK

Mark Unruh, MD
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Albuquerque, NM
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Jamie Benken, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Planning Committee Disclosures

Robert Cohen, MD
Director of Education, Nephrology Division, BIDMC
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Medicine
Boston, MA
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Joanna Hudson, PharmD, BCPS, FASN, FCCP, FNKF
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN
Disclosure: Honoraria: Anemia

Danielle Nathan, MA
Senior Director, Professional Education
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Kathryn Troy, MPH
Professional Education Manager
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Declaration of Disclosure:

It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity.  

If, on the basis of information disclosed, a perceived conflict exists, resolution will be achieved based on NKF's Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Unlabeled/Investigational Use:

During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

In support of improving patient care, the National Kidney Foundation is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The National Kidney Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Awarded 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.


This knowledge-based enduring activity has been assigned Universal Activity Number (unique to each activity), for 1.50 contact hours (0.15 CEUs). To receive credit, learners must read the activity overview, learning objectives and faculty disclosures, complete the pre-test, review the content, complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% (post-test may be taken up to 3 times) and electronic activity evaluation. An NABP eProfile ID and date of birth in MMDD format are prerequisites for receiving continuing pharmacy education credits. All credit awarded to participants must be uploaded to CPE Monitor™ within 30 days of the activity date, so pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are required to provide their e-Profile ID and date of birth (MMDD) at the time of the activity.  Please contact cmeinfo@kidney.org if you do not see activity information listed in your profile within 30 days.  For more information and to set up your e-Profile visit: www.MyCPEmonitor.net.

Transplant Coordinator

The National Kidney Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing transplant education by the American Board for Transplant Certification: CEPTC Provider Number #170. This activity has been granted 1.5 contact hours. Program ID 170-XX. 

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ABTC Continuing Education Points
  • 1.50 ACPE Contact Hours
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 ANCC Nurse Contact Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance

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The faculty and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this NKF educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments.  This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.

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