We have updated our popular learning module on opioids. The changes cover recent concerns about transdermal patches. We have also revised one or two of the self-assessment questions.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom has re-approved the module for continuing professional development (CPD) – up to 2 CPD points are available for this module.

Over 90% of survey respondents learned something new from the opioids module or re-learned something that had forgotten. Here is what health professionals said about the module:

“Very good, took me the recommended time allowed which was good as well.” – primary-care nurse prescriber

“Good content as I am an autonomous clinician administering morphine to patients as a paramedic. The differing interactions between opioids and other drug groups and the consequences of opioid withdrawal will assist me greatly.” – paramedic working in the community

“Really well-written helpful sub-divisions and links ‘activities’ and questions.” – primary-care doctor

“I found the format easy to use and convenient … the questions helped consolidate what I had learnt and were relevant to my work” – primary-care pharmacist

The education page on our website has more information about MHRA’s learning modules. Here you will find medicines learning modules on:

The education page also includes links to the pharmacovigilance module produced in close collaboration with BMJ Learning and to frequently asked questions about medicines learning modules.


Posted on the UK MHRA website on 21 July 2014