Pharmacology and Prescribing Course

March 22-24, 2017

December 6-8, 2017

Course Schedule:

This course is a three-day educational program aimed at enhancing medication prescribing behaviors.  It is a joint effort of the Texas A&M KSTAR Program and the Rangel School of Pharmacy at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Specifically designed for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Assistants, Nurses, and anyone who prescribes, has contact with medications,  or wants to increase their knowledge of pharmacology and optimal prescribing practices.   The course will examine this important topic from legal, regulatory, biomedical, clinical, patient, and patient safety perspectives.


This course has been approved for 19 Category 1 CME's of which 4 are Ethics Credits.

  • Texas A&M Health Science Center Coastal Bend Health Education Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center Coastal Bend Health Education Center designates this activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The presentations, Texas Drug Prescribing Laws and Regulatory Bodies” and “Pain Management Documentation Guidelines: The Texas Pain Rule”, have each been designated by TAMHSC-CBHEC for one hour of education in medical ethics and /or professional responsibility.  The presentation “Texas Laws and Prescriptive Authority” has been designated by TAMHSC-CBHEC for two hours of education in medical ethics and /or professional responsibility.  

Course Objectives

  • Name correct prescribing practices
  • Define the laws pertaining to the prescribing of drugs and controlled substances
  • Recognize problematic areas --where physicians often get into trouble
  • Recognize the pharmacology of select medications that tend be problematic 
  • Review drug-drug interactions and some tools that can assist in identifying and describing risks
  • Identify and manage difficult patients, such as those with seeking behaviors
  • Discuss poly-pharmacy, medication reconciliation, and a review of strategies for simplifying medication regimens and identifying safety concerns
  • Explain ways to improve patient adherence/compliance with medications
  • Describe the newer technologies of electronic prescribing, clinical decision-support tools, and automated medication dispensaries
  • Review of some common chronic pain syndromes and discuss optimal management
  • Name of recent developments with regard to prescribed medications, including new drugs, warnings, and medications being developed or undergoing trials
  • Discuss Texas laws that apply to the prescribing of medications, including pain management and other areas that can be problematic
  • Outline upcoming schedule changes (DEA) for hydrocodone and tramadol including new requirements when prescribing
  • Recognize recent changes in Texas Law and prescriptive authority agreements
  • Review  the Texas Prescription Access System, how and when it should be utilized, and who has permission to access it (course faculty will be available to help course attendees set up their own accounts to access the system)
  • Identify chronic pain management strategies that avoid use of medication with potential for abuse
  • Review current trends in complementary medicine, including potential risks and benefits
  • Explain the over-prescribing of antibiotics, and review strategies to minimize overuse

The cost of the course is $1950