Pharmacy role in bone health course

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The Pharmacy Guild and Sanofi Consumer Healthcare have collaborated to develop a new online course that addresses vitamin K2 and bone health.

Statistics show that 4.74 million Australians over 50 years of age have osteopenia or poor bone health. In 2012 there were 140,822 factures that occurred as a result of osteoporosis or osteopenia.

This data demonstrates there is a real role for community pharmacy to play in assisting patients achieve good bone health, the Guild says.

The online course will provide community pharmacists with knowledge of the contributing factors that lead to osteoporosis and the rationale for calcium and vitamin D supplementation in osteoporosis.

The online course will also address the role of vitamin K-dependent proteins, osteocalcin and Matrix GLA protein.

Anthony Tassone, the President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia—Victoria and a community pharmacist, says he sees a real opportunity for pharmacists to engage with patients on this important health condition.

“Osteoporosis and bone health are front of mind for many pharmacy patients, particularly older patients who are concerned about fractures and breaks,” Tassone says.

“This online course will assist pharmacists in discussing osteoporosis and osteopenia with their patients and providing them with the advice they need to attain and maintain good bone health.

“It is important to remember that osteoporosis and osteopenia is not just a ‘women’s disease’ and that men account for up to 30% of all fractures.

“Therefore, pharmacists need to have these conversations with all older patients, not just female patients.”

With the end of the CPD year approaching the myCPD site has a range of online courses to assist pharmacists meet their CPD requirements.

The completion of this online course will attract 1.5 Group 2 CPD credits and is available on the Guild Academy’s myCPD site.

To enrol in this course, visit

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