Biologics – A Primer – Pharmacist Technician

  Price  $6.95

  Credits  1.5


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

Pharmacy Technician

Olajumoke Amuwo
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

Pharmacy Technician 

  • Recall the history of the development of biologics.
  • Recall brand/generic naming, drug class, indication, and route of administration of the commonly used biologics.
  • Identify common and severe adverse effects, precautions, contraindications, black box warnings of the commonly used biologics.
  • Recognize the key differences between biologics and biosimilars and the FDA guidance on the interchangeability of biologics for biosimilars.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0798-0000-22-111-H01-T
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.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • 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.