New Drugs 2019- Pharmacy Technician

  Price  $10.00

  Credits  2


The number of new drugs approved each year has increased significantly since 1990. Various expedited approval pathways such as Orphan Drug Status designation, Accelerated Approval, Fast-Track, Priority Reviews, and the use of surrogate endpoints in studies have reduced the FDA review time from more than 3 years in 1983 to less than 1 year in 2017. In 2019, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research approved 48 novel drugs – a decline from 59 in 2018. Novel drugs are often innovative products that serve previously unmet medical needs or significantly improve patient treatment. Twenty of the novel drugs approved in 2019 are first-in-class and others are significant therapeutic advances. This issue focuses on the new drugs or treatments that met these criteria in the therapeutic areas of acne, acute migraine, multiple sclerosis, plaque psoriasis, sleep disorders due to obstructive sleep apnea,and hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women. Dosing and drug interactions are detailed in Table 1. Brief descriptions of selected, additional new drugs and combinations are shown in Table 2. Many biosimilars were FDA-approved in 2019; these are listed in Table 3. A brief explanation of biosimilars is also provided.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Tech Drug Therapy

James Chan
PharmD, PhD
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

  • For each of the drugs reviewed, state the generic name, brand name, FDA-approved indication(s), and usual dose.
  • For each of the drugs reviewed, describe common or serious side effects and significant drug interactions.
  • For drugs listed in Table 2, state generic/brand names, dosage forms, FDA-approved indications, and major safety concerns (if included).

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0798-0000-21-196-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.