Drugs in Chronic Kidney Disease: Implications for Pharmacists

Learn about the classifications of chronic kidney disease (CKD), preventative and management measures, and how it impacts drug pharmacokinetics.


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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition that can lead to end-stage renal failure. The assessment and management of CKD in patients can be difficult due to many factors such as comorbid conditions, numerous medications, and altered pharmacokinetics.

This online course will help pharmacists understand the classification system for kidney dysfunction, and implications for drug dosing. Learn from subject-matter experts as they discuss medications to avoid for patients with CKD and a summary of common drugs that require dose adjustments.

This program is part of the Knowledge into Practice suite of educational programs. Knowledge into Practice programs are designed to facilitate the application of the knowledge acquired from continuing education programs into your clinical practice. In this course, we discuss access to patient lab values through the use of provincial clinical viewer. Patient cases are used to demonstrate how this information can be incorporated in the provision and documentation of enhanced pharmacy services for patients. 

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the classification system for kidney dysfunction
  • Review changes in the kidneys of the elderly
  • Describe ways to prevent the development of kidney disease
  • Summarize common drugs that need dose adjustments
  • Summarize drugs that can cause kidney injury
  • Be aware of sources of lab values in community practice 

Course outline:

  • Drugs in CKD: Implications for Pharmacists (40 minutes)
  • Be aware of sources of lab values in community practice
  • Final Exam (20 minutes)
  • Program’s Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 1.25 hour to complete
  • 0 CEUs
  • Course expiration date: July 1, 2023
  • Online
  • Accreditation: N/A
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

This online professional development program is designed for pharmacists who wish to gain a better understanding of drug management in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Development Team:

  • Marisa Battistella, RPh, ACPR (PharmD)
  • Louise Moist, MD (MSc)
  • Drew Peddie, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Lisa Zhu, RPh, ACPR (PharmD)