Lipid-Lowering Medicines

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CPD52m of CPD
First Published
Updated28 October 2021
Expires 29 November 2022
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Ausmed Course will review the nature of hypercholesterolaemia, risk factors for cardiovascular disease and lipid-lowering medicines.

  • Incidence of cardiovascular disease
  • What are lipids?
  • Risk factors and target lipid levels
  • Lipid-lowering medicines including statins, ezetimibe, fibrates, bile acid binding agents, fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids, nicotinic acid (niacin), and PCSK9 inhibitors.

Pharmacological therapy and medication administration are fundamental in safe patient care. This Ausmed Course holds a strong and ethical patient focus while providing ongoing education to healthcare professionals in order to have a positive impact on patient outcomes.

Pharmacists, as providers of medicines and advisors to medicine use, must fully understand the concepts and practical applications of hypercholesterolaemia and lipid-lowering medicines administered in patient care.

However, many of the principles underlying how medicines work are often difficult to comprehend. As safe administration of medicines is a priority, it is essential that pharmacists and other healthcare professionals continue to demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacological and clinical uses of lipid-lowering medicines.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to provide healthcare professionals with education relating to the appropriate use of lipid-lowering medicines.

Learning Outcomes
  • Improved knowledge of lipid-lowering therapy in Australia including risk factors and incidence.
  • Interpret the significance of total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol.
  • Briefly describe the pharmacology of lipid-lowering treatments available.
  • List sources of information for managing possible adverse effects and drug interactions of common lipid-modifying medicines.
Target Audience

Pharmacists, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals who are involved in the prescribing, dispensing and administration of cholesterol-lowering medications throughout patient care.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

CPD52m of CPD
First Published
Updated28 October 2021
29 November 2022
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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