Pharmacy Practice Review

Statins: promoting adherence, addressing intolerance  

Optimise your patients’ adherence to lipid-modifying medicines and improve your confidence in assessing suspected statin-associated muscle symptoms.

  • Cost: free

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CPD Points

For completion of and reflection on 5 episodes of care this activity has been accredited for:

5 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 5 hours of Group 3 CPD or 15 CPD credits upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities and a suitable period of reflection before and after the activity. Accreditation number: CX17113A.

For completion of and reflection on 10 episodes of care this activity has been accredited for:

8 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 8 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 8 hours of Group 3 CPD or 24 CPD credits upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities and a suitable period of reflection before and after the activity. Accreditation number: CX17113B.

Pharmacy Practice Reviews assist pharmacists to meet the following competency standards as set out in the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2016:

  • Standard 1.1 Uphold professionalism in practice
  • Standard 1.4 Maintain and extend professional competence
  • Standard 1.5 Apply expertise in professional practice
  • Standard 1.6 Contribute to continuous improvement in quality and safety
  • Standard 2.1 Collaborate and work in partnership for the delivery of patient-centred, culturally responsive care
  • Standard 2.2 Collaborate with professional colleagues
  • Standard 2.3 Communicate effectively
  • Standard 2.4 Apply interpersonal communication skills to address problems
  • Standard 3.1 Develop a patient-centred, culturally responsive approach to medication management
  • Standard 3.2 Implement the medication management strategy or plan
  • Standard 3.3 Monitor and evaluate medication management
  • Standard 3.5 Support Quality Use of Medicines
  • Standard 3.6 Promote health and well-being
  • Standard 4.7 Participate in organisational management
 

About

Up to 67% of patients using statins are non-adherent to their medicine after 12 months.

This Pharmacy Practice Review provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your support of patients who are using statin treatment. Recognise the reasons for non-adherence and reflect on how you can address this issue. Refresh your knowledge on statin dose titration, cardiovascular risk and lipid targets. Improve your confidence in assessing statin intolerance and review the different management options for patients who experience a muscle symptom.

Choose from:

  1. Express version: 5 episodes of care (for up to 15 CPD credits) or
  2. Standard version: 10 episodes of care (for up to 24 CPD credits)

You will be given the option to submit your data once 5 episodes of care are entered, or continue to 10 episodes of care.

 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • identify that statins are first-line lipid-modifying medicines and recognise when and how treatment should be intensified
  • explain the benefits of statins in reducing cardiovascular risk
  • communicate the importance of adherence to lipid-modifying medicine(s) and identify strategies to both assess and achieve adherence
  • review for adverse effects and systematically assess possible statin-associated muscle symptoms in patients who are experiencing muscle symptoms.

You will have access to:

  • up-to-date clinical guidance which provides evidence-based information to update your knowledge and guide your counselling encounters with patients
  • pharmacist tools that inform and support your best practice discussions with patients
  • expert commentary from Professor Ines Krass, BPharm, Dip Hosp Pharm, Grad Dip Educ Studies (Health Ed), PhD, Professor in Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney.
 

Resources

Pharmacy Practice Review quality assurance poster
Print and display the poster in your pharmacy
 

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