Oral anticoagulants: promoting safe use

Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists

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­ CPD credits

Up to 8 hours of Group 3 CPD (or 24 CPD credits).

Pharmacy Practice Reviews use best practice guidelines and standards to help pharmacists review their current practice, consider implementing changes to practice, review and reflect on these changes, and to monitor progress. The activity helps identify priorities for patient counselling, provides tools to ensure best practice encounters and addresses pharmacist competencies set out in the National Competency standards.

Learning outcomes

Participation in this activity will assist pharmacists to:

  • explain the purpose and differences between the oral anticoagulants
  • discuss the importance of adherence to medicines to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes
  • outline the potential adverse effects of oral anticoagulants, including the newer agents
  • assess for adverse effects related to oral anticoagulants and identify who needs referral
  • discuss the need for individualised clinical monitoring with patients using an oral anticoagulant.

Participants will have access to

  • up-to-date clinical guidance which provides evidence-based information to update your knowledge and guide your counseling encounters with patients
  • a comparison table of oral anticoagulants which provides a summary of benefits, harms, and lifestyle factors for warfarin and newer oral anticoagulants
  • a counseling checklist and medicinewise tips to inform and support best practice discussions with patients
  • specific patient resources to enhance your counseling encounters.


Participants receive individualised patient management plans, immediate individual and aggregate results for peer comparison, and an expert commentary based on the aggregate results.

CPD and competencies


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Accreditation number: CX17002. This activity has been accredited for 8 hours of Group 3 CPD (or 24 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist's CPD plan.

Pharmacy Practice Reviews assist pharmacists to meet the following competency standards as set out in the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Competency Standards for Pharmacists in Australia 2010:

  • Standard 1.2 Practise to accepted standards
  • Standard 1.3 Deliver 'patient-centred' care
  • Standard 1.5 Maintain and extend professional competence
  • Standard 2.1 Communicate effectively
  • Standard 2.2 Work to resolve problems
  • Standard 2.3 Collaborate with members of the health care team
  • Standard 3.4 Manage quality service delivery
  • Standard 4.2 Consider the appropriateness of prescribed medicines
  • Standard 4.3 Dispense prescribed medicines
  • Standard 6.1 Assess primary health care needs
  • Standard 6.2 Deliver primary health care
  • Standard 6.3 Contribute to public and preventive health
  • Standard 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision-making
  • Standard 7.3 Influence patterns of medicine use
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