A Full Day of Pharma: “Hurts So Good” and “I Wanna New Drug”

Course Details

  • Date: Fri., October 3, 2014
  • Time:  9am – 4pm
  • Tuition: $295 (Doctor); $175 (Staff)
  • Credit: 6 Hours- Lecture
  • AGD Code: 016
  • Course #: H5

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Dr. ViolaTHOMAS VIOLA, R.PH., C.C.P. Clinical Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology, Penn State University, Abinton, PA; Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA; Manor College, Jenkintown, PA


Hurts So Good: Management of Post-Therapeutic Dental Pain and Patient Care Consideration

The morning portion of this course will address management of post-therapeutic dental pain accomplished with the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Since the treatment of such pain usually occurs outside the dental office and relies heavily on individual factors, it is essential for the dental practitioner to assess the efficacy of analgesics and monitor for their appropriate use. This program will provide participants with an overview of the basic pharmacology of opioid and non-opioid analgesics. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate prescribing practices for practical application in everyday clinical situations.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of non-opioid and opioid analgesics, including their therapeutic effects, as well as their potential for abuse
  • Use case scenarios to develop a pain management plan based upon a patient’s needs and underlying medical conditions
  • Understand the intended role of opioid and non-opioid analgesics in dental settings, especially situations that preclude their use

I Wanna New Drug: Newly Approved Prescription Medications and Their Clinical Dental Implications

The afternoon program will provide participants with an update and overview of selected new FDA-approved prescription drugs for the past several years. Throughout the program, special emphasis will be given to those new drugs whose actions, side effects, or interactions with other drugs may impact dental therapy.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify selected newly approved prescription medications of the past several years.
  • Review the basic mechanism of action, principle therapeutic indications, and potential adverse reactions and drug interactions of these new agents
  • Discuss the clinical dental considerations of these new medications and their potential impact on dental therapy