Laboratory Monitoring of Anticoagulation

In this knowledge-based continuing pharmacy education activity Dr Michael Smith, RPh, PharmD, CACP discusses the various laboratory tests for monitoring anticoagulation therapy.

Target Audience:

Pharmacists who are interested in the management of patients on anticoagulation therapy and/or who are interested in starting pharmacy services for patients on anticoagulation therapy

This activity is not accredited for technicians

Learning objectives:

At the conclusion of the activity, pharmacists will be able to:

1. Explain the role of common laboratory tests used in monitoring of anticoagulation therapy
2. Identify an alternative to INR monitoring for warfarin therapy
3. Identify the clinical situations requiring Activated whole blood Clotting Time (ACT) and Anti-factor Xa activity monitoring for the unfractionated heparin
4. Discuss the technical differences between point of care testing and laboratory testing and the influence on patient care

Activity Faculty:

Michael Smith, RPh, PharmD, BCPS, CACP
East Region Clinical Manager, Pharmacy
Hartford Healthcare
William W Backus Hospital
Norwich, CT

Faculty Disclosure:

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Criteria for Quality and Interpretive Guidelines, The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy requires that faculty disclose any relationship that the faculty may have with commercial entities whose products or services may be mentioned in the activity.

Michael Smith, PharmD has nothing to disclose.

Activity Fee:

Click on the registration link to register for this activity. The cost is $15.00 if registering separately or 13 activities for $120.00 if bundling. See registration site for details.

Grant Funding:

There is no grant funding for the activity.


ACPE logoThe University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) will be awarded to pharmacists who view the presentation, pass the learning assessment with a grade of 70% or better and complete an evaluation. (ACPE #0009-0000-19-019-H01-P) Credits will be uploaded to CPE Monitor within 72 hours of completing the activity.

Initial release date: June 1, 2019
Planned expiration date: May 31, 2022

The material presented here does not necessarily reflect the views of The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy or its co-sponsor affiliates. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.