Diabetes and CVD module 2: clinical pharmacology of anti-diabetes drugs

Released10 February 2021     Expires: 10 February 2023      Programme: Diabetes and CVD 2 CPD/CME credits

Sponsorship Statement: Novo Nordisk have provided sponsorship to support the development of this e-learning programme. Novo Nordisk have had no input into the content of this programme.

Designed to give healthcare professionals an understanding of clinical pharmacology of anti-diabetes therapies and practical considerations for prescribing, including in populations with cardiovascular or renal disease. It is one of several modules in our diabetes and CVD programme.


Learning objectives

After completing this module, participants should be able to:

  • Outline the mechanism of action, dose and side effects for each of the main classes of anti-diabetic drugs
  • Outline the rationale for use or contra-indications of these drugs in patients with cardiovascular disease (more details will be given in modules 3 and 4).
  • Discuss the use of each class of drugs in patients with chronic kidney disease


Dr Andrea Llano, Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow
Programme editor: Professor Miles Fisher, Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow, Glasgow


2 CPD/CME credits, 2 hours
BJC Learning has assigned 2 hours of CPD/CME credit to this module

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