Cardiovascular disease: anticoagulant therapy

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The aim of this programme is to equip pharmacists with the knowledge to deliver a safe and supportive service to patients prescribed anticoagulants.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme you should be able to:

  • State the indications for anticoagulant therapy
  • Describe the mode of action of the oral and parenteral anticoagulants that are currently available
  • Advise on the importance of regular INR monitoring
  • Identify and resolve common medicines management issues in anticoagulated patients
  • Follow best practice guidance to improve safe use of anticoagulants
  • Promote safe use of anticoagulants in pregnant women
  • Provide appropriate information to patients and their carers to help them manage their therapy more effectively