Journal reading

How to manage warfarin therapy

Long-term treatment with warfarin is recommended for patients with atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke and those with recurrent venous thrombosis or prosthetic heart valves.

Philip A Tideman, Rosy Tirimacco, Andrew St John, Gregory W Roberts
Aust Prescr 2015;38:44-8

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How to manage warfarin therapy

CPD Points

This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 4.2 Consider the appropriateness of prescribed medicines
  • 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision making
  • 7.2 Provide ongoing medication management
  • 7.3 Influence patterns of medicine use


This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Know the indications for starting warfarin.
  2. Understand routine monitoring of warfarin therapy.
  3. Identify patients at risk of bleeding during warfarin therapy.