New Drugs 2009-2010- Pharmacy Technician

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Changes in the FDA administration and recent legislation may be steering the agency towards a greater focus on drug safety rather than on rapid new drug approvals. Most of the drugs introduced in 2009 were extensions of existing drug classes or “me-too” drugs. This article reviews the new drugs that are likely to be of the greatest interest to pharmacy technicians including benzyl alcohol 5% (UlesfiaTM), dronedarone (Multaq®), febuxostat (Uloric®), pitavastatin (Livalo®), prasugrel (Effient®), saxagliptin (OnglyzaTM) tapentadol (NucyntaTM), iloperidone (FanaptTM), and asenapine (Saphris®). For each, the drug’s role in therapy, usual dose, precautions and drug interactions are summarized. Administration recommendations are highlighted separately for easy access. Brief overviews for 8 additional new drugs are provided in a table. Other tables outline new formulations and new combination products you are likely to encounter.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Tech Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0428-0000-10-003-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.

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.