Pharmacy: Oral Anticoagulant Therapy: Implications for Patient Management

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About Course #Y8005

Start Date: September 10, 2019

Expiration Date: September 10, 2022

Oral anticoagulants are indicated for the management of thrombotic conditions, namely, in the prevention of stroke and systemic embolization and in the treatment of venous thromboembolism. Within the past 6 years, the landscape of managing these conditions in the United States has changed dramatically.

The uptake of novel oral anticoagulants in clinical practice has been successful, although there are important drug and patient characteristics to consider when selecting among these therapies. This course is designed for pharmacists who are involved in decision making for oral anticoagulant selection or who take care of patients who have already been prescribed oral anticoagulants. The purpose of this course is to increase pharmacists" knowledge of oral anticoagulants so that they can identify patients in whom therapy is indicated, assist in selecting the most appropriate option, and monitor and counsel the patient.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-19-009-H01-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 01 - Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Course Objectives

  • Identify oral anticoagulants, their respective pharmacologic class, and their approved indications.
  • Identify the current place in therapy of oral anticoagulants in the management of patients with atrial fibrillation and in prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE).
  • Describe evidence supporting the use of oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation and in the prevention and treatment of VTE.
  • Identify pertinent contraindications, side effects, drug interactions, monitoring parameters, and patient counseling points for oral anticoagulants.
  • Identify reversal agents for oral anticoagulants.

About the Author

Diana M. Sobieraj, PharmD, BCPS, earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice residency at Hartford Hospital/The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. After her training, Dr. Sobieraj joined the faculty at UCONN School of Pharmacy, where she has worked for the past 8 years.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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