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Medicines and driving: an important counselling role for pharmacists

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Online module

Each year in Australia more than 1,300 Australians are killed on the roads and over 32,000 are seriously injured. The total economic cost exceeds $18 billion annually and social costs are also considerable. One of the areas where pharmacists and pharmacy assistants can help is to alert people of the possibility that medicines may impair driving skills.

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of road accidents caused by alcohol and medicines
  • Discuss which medicines can impair driving ability
  • Explain the risks associated with combining alcohol and certain medicines, in relation to driving ability
  • Recognise other patient risk factors and their relation to some medicines, which may impair driving ability.

Competencies addressed: 1.3, 4.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1.

CPD credits


Accreditation number: CONL1504

This activity has been accredited for 1.5 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan which can be converted to 1.5 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 3 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

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This item is listed in the following categories: • Public CPD


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