On October 23, Acutis held its first Autumn Symposium, a dinner featuring Dr. Jeffrey Fudin, Pharm.D.,
the renowned clinical pharmacy specialist, opioid risk management specialist. Dr. Fudin spoke on topics related to treatment of substance abuse & addiction, emphasizing Urine Drug Monitoring (UDM),
to an audience of almost 20 physicians, clinicians and pharmacists.
Dr. Fudin’s talk “You’re in control or urine control: clinical pearls of drug testing case studies” established
3 Learning Objectives including:
1. Differentiating between in-office qualitative testing and laboratory quantitative testing
2. Four case studies:
a. Sample validity
b. Table scrapping
c. THC elimination
d. “I swear it’s not cocaine … it’s lidocaine!”
3. Street trends, focusing on synthetics and naturally-derived illicit substances.
Dr. Fudin offered ways for physicians and others to better understand the science and mechanics of monitoring, including differentiating between in-office qualitative and laboratory quantitative testing. He further explained how this information could be used to improve clinical assessment and patient care. Fudin also addressed topics ranging from the comparative street value of pharmaceutical drugs and the complex nature of regulations, to the surprisingly sophisticated marketing practices of drug dealers, in particular, their use of clever street names of illegal substances.
The thrust of his talk was the proper use of UDM and its rationale to help ensure compliance, while both mitigating risk and justifying issuing prescriptions. He provided reasons for testing to achieve better outcomes, from the monitoring of patients to support for behavior modification, including referral to psychologists. The case studies he provided were likely familiar to those in attendance, but were presented in a sufficiently detailed manner to provide real insights. At the end of his talk, attendees were encouraged to ask questions and to share their own experiences.
The event, which took place at Longfellows, Saratoga Springs, NY, Hotel, Restaurant, and Conference Center, was as professional as it was collegial. Future Acutis Symposia will feature the industry’s most dedicated and successful professionals working to address the most challenging health issues we face today.