Biologics – A Primer – Nurse Practioner

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The use of biologics to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis has increased as research and technology have advanced over the last several decades. These biologic medicines take advantage of the immune system to either enhance or block its action depending on the condition being treated. It is important for healthcare providers to have a basic understanding of the normal adaptive immune response to understand the mechanism of action and side effects of these drugs. This issue of The Rx Consultant will provide a background on the development, regulation, and naming of biologic drugs, an overview of adaptive immunity, a discussion on drug classes that modulate the immune response, and considerations before and during treatment with immunomodulating biologics.
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Course Information

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioner

Author
Olajumoke Amuwo
PharmD, MPH, BCPS
Knowledge Level

Specialized Topic

Due to the more narrow range of information, this activity may apply to fewer areas/settings than the gereral topics. It may include updates to guidelines and practice recommendations or address less common disease states or therapies.

Learning Objectives

Nurse Practitioner 

  • Recall the history of the development of biologics.
  • Identify the most common disease conditions in which biologics are used, biologics used, and their mechanisms of action in those disease states.
  • List the common and severe adverse effects, precautions, contraindications, black box warnings, and testing considerations associated with biologics.
  • Recognize the key differences between biologics and biosimilars and the FDA guidance on the interchangeability of biologics for biosimilars.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
    20-901890
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Nurse Practitioner : 0798-0000-22-111-H01
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.