Wait Up: We Use Them? Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Obesity

Jefferson, LA US
June 11, 2024

The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate the safety and efficacy of DOACs in obese patients. There is uncertainty regarding the safety of DOACs in obesity. Clinicians, including pharmacists are uncertain if patients with a higher volume of distribution should use DOACs or should continue to use our older anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin). The major concern is regarding the safety of these agents, as obese patients may potentially not have a full anticoagulant effect or may have a pronounced anticoagulant effect.

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Understand the different disease states associated with DOAC utilization
  • Interpret data regarding the establishment of DOACs and how they may be utilized safely in obesity

Pharmacy Technicians

At the conclusion of this activity, pharmacy technicians should be able to:

  • Identify which products are considered DOACs
  • Illustrate the different formulations available for purchase when utilizing DOACs
  • Compare the cost between the available DOACs in the market
  • Apply the formulas for calculating a BMI
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/11/2024 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
06/11/2024 - 1:00pm CDT
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
Jefferson, LA 70121
United States


Emmanuel Espinosa, PharmD, CPh
PGY1 - Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident
Ochsner Medical Center 
Planning Committee

Natalie Tucker, PharmD, BCCCP    
Clinical Pharmacist
Ochsner Health

Samantha Gordon, MS 
CE Programs Manager              
Vizient, Inc.

Marilu Kelly, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CHCP
Director, Continuing Education       
Vizient, Inc.



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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Vizient, Inc. and Ochsner Health. Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Designation Statement(s)

Pharmacists (CPE)

Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hours for Pharmacists.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-23-029-L01-P
Pharmacy Technicians (CPE)
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hours for pharmacy technicians.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-23-029-L01-T
Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)
Vizient, Inc. will award all other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity a Certificate of Participation.  Various state license boards and credentialing bodies accept certificates of participation from accredited CE activities to meet CE requirements for license renewals and re-certification. It is the responsibility of the participant to contact their state licensing board and/or certifying body for verification on credit eligibility reciprocity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
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