Journal reading

Peptic ulcer disease and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including low-dose aspirin are some of the most commonly used medicines. They are associated with gastrointestinal mucosal injury.

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Musa Drini, Aust Prescr 2017;40:91-3




This activity should take around 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.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 1.6 Contribute to continuous improvement in quality and safety
  • 3.1 Develop a patient-centred, culturally responsive approach to medication management
  • 3.2 Implement the medication management strategy or plan
  • 3.3 Monitor and evaluate medication management


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. Identify the hazard of providing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to patients with peptic ulcers.
  2. Recall risk factors for gastrointestinal bleeding.
  3. Identify strategies to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in patients taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.