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NOWS the Time to Reduce NAS: A guide for managing newborns affected by opioids


In August 2019, the State of Illinois passed Public Act 101-0278, requiring the establishment of an evidence-based, non-commercial education program for Medicaid prescribers consisting of a web-based curriculum and academic educator outreach. As a result of this legislation, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is partnering with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy to provide drug information and academic detailing services through Illinois ADVANCE.

What is academic detailing:

Academic detailing is a one-on-one prescriber outreach program. It provides accurate, non-commercial, and up-to-date pharmacotherapy information. It is a unique interactive program tailored for each prescriber through customized and focused discussions. The educational materials provided during these visits are developed after a careful review of current clinical evidence.

How to participate and obtain CE:

Sign up for a 0.5 hour academic detailing session on one or more of the available CE topics at

You will meet with a clinical pharmacist for a brief academic detailing visit. Upon completion of the session, you will complete a post-assessment and submit an activity evaluation survey. Your CE credit will then be uploaded to CPE Monitor.

For more information about the CEs or the CE topics, contact

Pharmacist Academic Detailer Speaker:
Please visit for a list of potential speakers.

Disclosure (s): 

The speakers, planning committee members, and reviewers who contributed to this program have no relevant financial conflicts of interest to disclose unless noted below.

  • Speaker, Dr. Chintan Patel has stock ownership with companies: Abbvie, Dynavax Technologies Corp, Esperion Therapeutics Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Glasko Smith Kline, Haleon, EOM Pharmaceuticals, Lisata Therapeutics Inc, Novavax Inc, Pfizer Inc, Protalix Biotherapeutics Inc, and PuImatrix Inc.
  • Speaker, Dr. Thomas Dorn has stock ownership with companies Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lily, and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals.
  • Speaker, Dr. Sajitha Purathur has stock ownership with Pfizer.
  • Speaker, Dr. Chirag Rathod has stock ownership with MindMed.
  • Speaker, Dr. Stewart Chung has stock ownership with Silo Pharmaceutical.

All relevant financial relationships listed for the above speakers have been mitigated.

Type of Activity: Knowledge-based

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the symptoms associated with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS)
  • Discuss the non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment options for NOWS
Target Audience: Pharmacists Fee: Free
Release Date: March 7, 2024 Expiration Date: March 7, 2026
Estimated Time to Complete: 0.5 hours CE: 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs)

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How to Earn Credit:
Participants must complete the activity as described in the Continuing Education Statement by attending the entire academic detailing session, completing a post-test, and successfully submitting an activity evaluation. The uploading of CPE credits to CPE Monitor will be issued after all requirements as described are completed.

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Continuing Education Statement:

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity has been assigned ACPE Universal Activity Number 0016-0000-24-037-H08-P,  for 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs). Reading the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; participating in the entire knowledge-based activity, active learning activity, post-test, and activity evaluation; estimating the duration of time spent on the activity; and submitting NABP eProfile ID and MMDD are prerequisites for receiving continuing pharmacy education credits. All ACPE credit awarded to participants must be uploaded to CPE Monitor ™ within 30 days of the activity date, pharmacists are required to provide their eProfile ID and date of birth (MMDD) at the time of the activity. Please contact if you do not see activity information listed within 30 days. For more information and to set up your e-Profile visit:

Hardware/Software and Internet Requirements can be found at

Provider Contact Information:

For information about IL Advance, your academic detailing appointment, or more information about the available CE topics, please email

For general information about the CE post-test and activity evaluation or CE credit information, please email

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