2016 new drugs: What community pharmacy technicians need to know

Course description
Target Audience:

Technicians in community-based practice.

Universal program number: 0401-0000-17-200-H01-T
CE Broker tracking number: 20-566873
Activity type: Knowledge-based


To provide technicians the foundational knowledge to improve patient care by implementation of new therapies from 2016.


The pharmaceutical options available to patients continues to grow each year. The Food and Drug Administration or FDA approved 22 novel drugs in 2016, including approvals for new molecular entities, or NMEs, or new biologic therapeutics.1 This was a significant decrease from the two previous years — the FDA approved 45 drugs in 2015 and 41 drugs in 2014.2 The last year in which less than 22 NMEs were approved was 2010 when only 21 drugs were approved.2

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this program, the technician should be able to:

  1. Identify pertinent new molecular and biological entities to community practice that entered the U.S. drug market in the past year.
  2. Describe each medication’s mechanism, appropriate dosing parameters, contraindications and potential drug interactions.
  3. Describe how new medications compare with previous agents used for the same indication.
  4. Identify educational opportunities for the pharmacist to impact patient adherence and clinical outcomes.
To obtain credit:

To complete the program and receive CPE credit, view all lesson content and complete the learning assessment by submitting answers online. A minimum test score of 70% is needed to obtain credit. After successfully completing the learning assessment, participants must complete a program evaluation and claim the available CPE credit. Participants also must verify personal information required by CPE monitor and/or CE Broker (for Florida license holders) prior to submitting CPE credit claims. Official statements of credit are available only through CPE Monitor located at

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Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE activity is approved for technicians and is worth 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs). The activity is available for CE credit through Feb. 28, 2020.

Faculty & disclosure

Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, BCACP, assistant professor pharmacy practice and science, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Clark Kebodeaux and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.

Course summary
Credit hours: 
  • 1.00 Technician
Course format: 
Written Lesson
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