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APhA Engage

Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction SIG Community


Mission of the SIG

The mission of the APhA Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction Special Interest Group (SIG) is to support pharmacists and student pharmacist interns who care for individuals with all types of acute and chronic pain and for patients with life limiting illnesses who have pain and other symptoms. The APhA Pain, Palliative Care, and Addiction SIG also focuses on associated issues such as addictions, medication abuse, and medication diversion.


Purpose of the SIG

The purpose of the APhA Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction SIG is to educate, collaborate with, and support pharmacists and student pharmacist interns by empowering them to provide medication therapy management for all patients with both acute and chronic pain including, but not limited to, patients who are terminally ill.  Because addiction, diversion, and abuse is prevalent in individuals who are using opioids and other prescribed and illicit drugs, and/or alcohol, education and support for pharmacists and student pharmacist interns dealing with these concerns are addressed in this SIG.

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APhA-APPM Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction SIG Leaders

SIG Leaders

2020-21 SIG Committee Leaders


  • Education Committee Co-Chairs: Michael McQuade Daniel Ventricelli
  • Education Co-Chairs: Elaine Ladd, Joanne Lim & Anna Ratk
  • Policy Co-Chairs: Rachel Barenie & Kevin McCloy
  • Communications & Membership Co-Chairs: Larry Selkow & Ryan Bolden

APhA-APPM Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction SIG Committees

Policy and Professional Affairs Committee 
Purpose: To review, edit, and/or draft policy relating to the mission of the SIG and to advance advocacy efforts related to the mission of the SIG.

Education Committee
Purpose: To provide information and training on up-to-date practices which can further enhance patient care and/or pharmacist involvement with the management of pain/substance use disorders.

Communication and Membership Committee
Purpose: To inform members of the pharmacy profession about updates in contemporary pharmacy practice related to the management of pain and/or substance use disorders along with developing innovative techniques to recruit engaged members.


Call for Committee Leaders and Members

The call for committee leaders and members has ended. Please contact the Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering your time.