Osteoporosis for Pharmacists

This course provides pharmacists with the knowledge and practical tools to improve awareness, diagnosis and prevention advice of osteoporosis in pharmacy.

Module 1: Epidemiology, Bone Biology Essentials, Risk Factors and Diagnosis
Module 2: Non Pharmacological Prevention and Management
Module 3: Pharmacological Management of Osteoporosis
Module 4: The Role of the Pharmacist in Reducing The burden of Osteoporosis

All 4 modules must be completed within 6 months. A pre-course and post-course assessment are included.



CPD – accredited for 1 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in a pharmacist’s CPD plan, can be converted to 1 hour Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion.

Currently being upgraded

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how osteoporosis develops, risk factors for osteoporosis and fracture, diet and lifestyle factors required to maintain healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how osteoporosis medications work
  • Describe factors that may reduce adherence to osteoporosis medications and strategies the pharmacist can employ to improve adherence
  • Define role of calcium and vitamin D supplements in bone health and recommendations for use
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to counsel patients about their bone health or to advise clients to visit GP to discuss bone health