New Drugs 2014-2015 Part 1- Pharmacy Technician


  Credits  1.5

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2014 was an exciting year for new drug approvals and,according to Forbes, the best since the all-time record in 1996.The FDA approved 44 novel agents: 39 (excluding imaging agents) by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and 5 (including only recombinant agents) by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).Seventeen of the CDER approvals are considered first-in-class,and span 10 therapeutic areas led by infectious diseases, cancer, and rare diseases.Three more novel drugs were approved in the first 6 weeks of 2015;2 of the 3 are first-in-class. The increased rate of approvals may be related to the FDA’s effort to ensure that treatments for serious conditions are approved as soon as there is enough evidence that their benefits outweigh their risks. Four expedited programs were established: fast track designation, accelerated approval,priority review, and breakthrough therapy designation.Many of the recently approved drugs took advantage of these approaches. Given the large number of approvals, The Rx Consultant will publish 2 New Drugs issues this year. The first issue provides detailed reviews of inhaled human insulin,2 weight loss products, 2 products for chronic hepatitis C virus infection, and a first-in-class orexin receptor antagonist for insomnia. Usual doses and selected drug interactions are summarized in Table 1.Eleven more new drugs that are likely to be encountered in everyday practice are described in Table 2.


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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:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0428-0000-15-003-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.